Hello again, diamond enthusiast!
Today we are going to talk about cushion cut diamonds.
Out of all the fancy shapes out there, the cushion diamond probably varies the most. They vary in sparkle; they vary in shape and they vary in cut.
We’re going to talk about the three most popular ones and let you know the pros and cons of each and what to look out for in order to choose the absolute perfect one for you.
Let dig in, shall we?
Basically, if a round diamond and a princess diamond had a baby, they would have a cushion love child.
And one of the things a lot of people are not aware of (but we’re going to let you in on) is that cushion diamonds are more like a family of stones than a specific shape and cut.
We’re going to show you some of the three main ones that we come across.
Take a look at these stones. They look and shine a little bit differently. But would you believe it? They’re all cushions.
Allow us to introduce you to the 3 cushion cut diamond types: the glitter cushion, the brilliant cushion and the glam cushion.
The first one that we’re going to talk about is what we call the glitter cushion. The reason that we’re highlighting it first is because this is probably the most popular one that you’re going to find out there.
What you’ll find with these types of cushions is that the sparkle has the appearance of fine glitter, hence the name. Picture a mirror that’s been shattered giving you the illusion of a kaleidoscope when light shines through it.
The next type of cushion that we’ll go over is what we call the brilliant cushion.
The brilliant cushion sparkles very much like a round, but just in a cushion shape. Another thing to note about them is that they have a tendency to be found mostly in a square kind of lengt to width ratio. They’re rarely rectangular.
The third one that we’re going to discuss is what we call the glam cushion. Out of all the cushions, this one is probably the one that comes across the most voluptuous. This is due to the fact that it has a higher crown. When you think about this cushion just think Hollywood glamor.
Probably the most distinguishing feature of this type of cushion is that that the light that’s reflected out of it looks more like a spotlight, like she’s on display. Whereas the other ones can take on a more brilliant sparkle or a kaleidoscope dazzle effect.
One pro about this type of cushion is that they are available in both a square ratio and a rectangular one.
It has a very unique sparkle that gives it that spotlight effect instead of a more glittering effect. What’s more, this type of cut is the most forgiving on color and it actually reads very big for its size, meaning it reads bigger than its carat weight as compared to the glitter cushion or the brilliant cushion giving it a larger appearance.
This more of a feature than a con but one thing that’s pretty common with these types of cushions is that they will have a culet, which just means it’s flat at the bottom rather than pointy like most diamonds. Culets are often frowned upon in other shapes like rounds, but it’s more of a feature with this stone. So, we wouldn’t necessarily call it a con just a feature to be aware of. From the top view it’ll look like a flat panel in the middle of the stone.
One con is that this type of cushion is probably the least available which means a couple of things- the price is probably going to be the highest of all three and right know they’re only available in the mined variety.
The best way to figure out which type of sparkle is right for you or which type of cut of cushion is right for you is consider them all. Don’t get too attached to any one type, see them side by side and lean towards the sparkle that lights a fire in you 😉