What Is A Cushion Cut Diamond?

The cushion cut diamond is a classic, timeless and distinct choice for an engagement ring that optimizes charm and romance. This stunning cut has gained popularity over the last few years thanks to its relatively low cost compared to a round-cut diamond ring and its elegant design.

What Are Cushion Cut Diamonds?

The cushion cut diamond is an ideal combination of a more contemporary and round brilliant cut diamond with a charming, old mine facet diamond cut. This cut has a soft square or rectangular shape with curved edges.

In other words, a cushion cut diamond combines a square cut with curved corners, giving it an appearance similar to a pillow hence the name "cushion cut."

History of The Cushion Cut Diamonds

The cushion cut diamond dates back to Brazil in the 1700s. At that time, a large part of the world's diamond mining was centered in Brazil as the diamond reserves in India were beginning to dry up. The diamond cutters in Brazil loved the old mine cut because it was believed to maximize carat retention. The Brazilian diamond mines later on became known as the "old mines" after diamonds were discovered in South Africa.

Although alike in shape, the mine cut had 58 faucets, whereas the modern cut normally has 64 facets. In the 19th century, the old mine cut became extremely popular to the point that most stones, not just diamonds, were cut in this shape.

The modern-day diamond cushion cut was developed out of this old mine cut. The cut drew some inspiration from other cuts, such as Peruzzi, table, and candlelight cuts. As the cutting technology and tools improved, so did the style and quality of the resulting cuts. The modern cushion cut diamond thus rose from these advancements.

Pros and Cons of Cushion Cut Diamond

Similar to any diamond shape, a cushion-cut diamond has advantages and drawbacks.


  • Highly durable due to curved edges
  • Relatively cheaper than round-cut diamonds
  • High level of fire and brilliance
  • Rising in popularity
  • Their unique shape makes them an excellent option for a more personalized engagement ring
  • Combination of classic fashion with modern flair


  • It doesn't hide inclusions
  • It appears smaller than other fancy shapes
  • They retain color, making it a disadvantage when you need a colorless diamond

Wrap Up

If you're looking for a stunning diamond that exudes fire and brilliance, and sparkle that's not only beautiful but also affordable and durable, a cushion cut diamond is the perfect one for you.

Contact us today, and we'll gladly help you to get a befitting cushion cut diamond.