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Cushion Cut Engagement Rings

Cushion cut engagement rings are becoming increasingly desirable today as they combine a romantic vintage shape with all the benefits of modern diamond cutting techniques. This romantic candlelight diamond owes its shape to the old-mine cut of the 1700s with its rounded sides and corners. The candlelight refers to the intense sparkle of diamonds seen in grand ballrooms and palaces, when candles were used to light the rooms before electricity.

What Shape is a Cushion Cut Diamond?

The shape can be either square or rectangular. When looking for a square shape, choose a length/width ratio between 1 and 1.05. This is the most traditional of shape and nearest to the old-mine cut. However, the cushion-cut is not an ordinary shape and there is plenty of scope to choose the diamond to suit your ideal shape. For a rectangular shape, choose a length/width ratio of 1.15 or more.

The cushion cut engagement ring allows you to choose the diamond that suits your style and personality. While other diamond shapes have definite parameters to meet, the cushion cut diamond can have large facets that show a gentle play of light, or an arrangement of smaller facets in the cushion brilliant diamond that gives the sparkling appearance of crushed ice.

Cushion Cut Engagement Rings

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Vintage or Modern Ring Setting

The cushion cut created one of the most prominent diamond shapes in the 1700s and 1800s and it will be perfectly suited to a vintage design from the Georgian, Victorian or Art Deco era. In the 21st century, this diamond cut is steadily rising in popularity. For an antique inspired design, choose a bezel or rub over setting to hold the diamond all around the edges, leading to an ornate ring with engraving and tiny beads of antique style millegrain. 19th century rings often featured cushion cut diamonds alternating with either sapphires or rubies. The cushion cut halo engagement ring is a spectacular modern design for this shape. For a simple and classic ring, the diamond can be held by four to six claws leading to a plain or diamond-set band. All rings on the website are made by us and many of the rings on the website can be set with the diamond cut of your choice. Contact us to let us know the ring design that you want for your special ring.

Should you choose platinum or gold for complement this diamond? Until around 1900, rings were mostly made in yellow gold and the gemstones were set in either gold or silver. Since the beginning of the 20th century, platinum and then white gold came to prominence as the metal of choice. As you are choosing the unique cushion cut diamond shape, choose the metal that fits your sense of style, whether it is the warm shades of rose or yellow gold or the bright and strong platinum.

If you would like a cushion cut diamond for your engagement ring, visit us in the UK in our Hatton Garden London show room to view diamonds that have been independently graded by the GIA, one of the most respected diamond grading laboratories worldwide. This is your assurance of quality. Please telephone 020 7193 4412 or email to let us know your requirements.