Discover the Timeless Elegance of Cushion Cut Diamonds

Discover the Timeless Elegance of Cushion Cut Diamonds

The cushion cut diamond, often referred to as a Cushion-Modified Brilliant, is a stunning blend of classic charm and modern sophistication. Known for its distinctive pillow-like shape with rounded corners, the cushion cut diamond has evolved over centuries to become a favorite for engagement rings and fine jewelry. At Forever For Love, we celebrate the timeless beauty and versatility of cushion cut diamonds.

A Glimpse into History

The cushion cut diamond’s lineage dates back to the 19th century when it was known as the ‘old mine cut.’ Originating from the diamond mines of Brazil, this early version featured a square shape with soft, rounded edges, a small table, high crown, and a large culet. Its design aimed to reflect the gentle, romantic candlelight of that era. Over time, advancements in diamond cutting technology refined the old mine cut into what we now cherish as the cushion cut diamond.

Distinctive Features of Cushion Cut Diamonds

Cushion cut diamonds are characterized by their square shape with rounded corners, resembling a pillow – hence the name. This cut enhances the diamond’s brilliance and sparkle, similar to the round brilliant cut. However, cushion cut diamonds come in various styles, each offering a unique sparkle and aesthetic appeal.

Cushion Brilliant Cut

The cushion brilliant cut features 58 facets, much like the round brilliant cut. It is highly sought after for its exceptional light performance and high return of light. This premium cut is known for its brilliant sparkle and is priced higher than other cushion cut variations.

Cushion Modified Brilliant Cut

The cushion modified brilliant cut is a blend of the old mine cut and modern oval cut, with 86 facets primarily on the pavilion. This cut produces a “crushed ice” effect, offering a unique and antique appeal. It has a bottom-heavy design, which gives the appearance of a smaller surface area compared to its carat weight.

Cushion Hybrid Cut

The cushion hybrid cut combines the features of the cushion brilliant and cushion modified brilliant cuts. With 66 facets, it boasts a fiery brilliance reminiscent of the cushion brilliant cut, while maintaining some characteristics of the cushion modified cut. Often mistaken for the cushion modified brilliant on GIA certificates, the cushion hybrid cut offers a balanced blend of sparkle and structure.

Choosing the Perfect Cushion Cut Diamond

Cushion cut diamonds are versatile and come in various ratios, with the traditional square shape having a common ratio of 1.00 to 1.10. Elongated cushion cuts are also available for those who prefer a rectangular shape. This cut’s durable silhouette makes it resistant to chipping, ideal for settings like solitaires that expose more of the diamond.

Color and Clarity Considerations

Cushion cut diamonds are renowned for their ability to retain color, making them a popular choice for colored diamonds such as yellow or pink. For white diamonds, selecting a high color grade between ‘near colorless’ and ‘colorless’ is recommended. The cushion cut’s multiple facets help to conceal minor inclusions, allowing for flexibility in clarity selection.


Selecting a cushion cut diamond is an intimate journey that combines the charm of history with modern elegance. At Forever For Love, we guide you through the process, ensuring you choose a diamond that not only dazzles with brilliance but also meets your personal style and preferences. Our commitment to excellence extends beyond your purchase, with lifetime complimentary cleaning and inspection to keep your diamond as stunning as the day you first laid eyes on it.

Embrace the timeless elegance of cushion cut diamonds with Forever For Love, where every diamond tells a story of enduring love and beauty.

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