Gemstones and rough diamonds undergo many treatments before being transformed into engagement rings. To create a diamond engagement ring, the diamond cutter first chooses an appropriate cut based on the quality, proportions and symmetry of the diamond. A cushion cut engagement ring features a specific type diamond cut and is normally set as a solitary ring.
While most cushion cut engagement rings feature a diamond, colourless gemstones and coloured diamonds are also an option.


What does a cushion cut diamond mean?

Cushion cut diamonds or gemstones have large facets that provide extra sparkle. The cushion cut is a variation on the square princess cut with rounded corners and can also be called a pillow cut or pillow shape.
Modified cushion cut - The modified cushion cut has extra facets

What is a modified cushion cut?

The modified cushion brilliant cut is a popular option to the traditional cushion cut engagement ring. At first glance, this cut looks similar to the traditional cushion cut, but the modified brilliant cushion cut has an extra row of facets and oblique lines rather than horizontal lines. These facets give the modified cushion cut a unique sparkle that’s even brighter.

The history of the cushion cut diamond engagement ring

While cushion cut engagement rings aren’t well known among the general public, it’s certainly not a new cut. The cushion cut diamond engagement ring was very popular in the 19th century and was even used for earrings. It was then entirely relieved during the Art Deco period, just like the Asscher cut diamond, which should come as no surprise as the geometric straight lines fit perfectly with the Art Deco style.
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Why are cushion cut diamond engagement ring so popular?

The cushion cut solitaire engagement ring has a classic, romantic appearance. With a cushion cut engagement ring, the diamond can be presented in a solitaire setting or surrounded by smaller stones. Cushion-shaped diamonds need 4 or 6 prongs to be firmly anchored.

As an engagement ring, the brilliant cut is undoubtedly the most popular option while the princess cut is a worthy successor. However, a cushion cut diamond engagement ring with its luxurious look is another great choice as it’s elegant and timeless, yet original.

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Celebrities with a cushion cut engagement ring

Quite a few celebrities wear cushion cut engagement rings.

Chrissy Teigen: John Legend proposed to Chrissy Teigen with a cushion cut diamond engagement ring.

Gisele Bündchen: Top model Gisele Bündchen had a cushion cut 5-carat diamond, set in a platinum ring band around her finger.

Meghan Markle: Meghan Markle's dazzling engagement ring features a magnificent 3-carat cushion cut diamond from Botswana and two diamonds from Lady Diana's collection.

Several famous women were also blessed to wear a cushion cut diamond on their finger, like Jennifer Aniston, Anne Hathaway and Kelly Clarkson. Be inspired by our style guide.
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Famous cushion cut diamonds

The timeless beauty of cushion cut diamonds ensures fans pay huge sums for these impressive stones. Famous cushion cut diamonds are unique, rare, high-quality and very expensive.

  • The blue Hope diamond: The Hope diamond is valued at $350 million and owes its fame to its rare blue colour. The French King Louis XIV once owned the stone. Since 1830, it’s been known as the Hope diamond after its London owner. You can admire the diamond at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

  • The Regent diamond: The Regent diamond is on display at the Louvre in Paris. It’s a 141-carat diamond that used to be part of the French king's crown during the reign of King Louis XV of France. During the French Revolution, it eventually ended up in Napoleon's hands.

  • The Napoleon diamond necklace: This impressive necklace was made upon Napoleon's request around 1811. You can view the jewel at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

  • The Tiffany diamond: The Tiffany diamond is the largest yellow diamond in the world and was discovered in 1888 at the De Beers mine, the world's largest diamond company. It features a cushion cut and was bought by New York jeweller Tiffany and Co. Mrs Sheldon, who wore it at the Tiffany Ball in Newport, and Audrey Hepburn, who wore it in the Blockbuster Breakfast at Tiffany's, helped this cushion cut diamond rise to fame.

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The ratio between length and width determines the type of cushion cut.

How many facets in a cushion cut diamond?

When choosing a cushion cut diamond engagement ring, it’s important to consider the ratio between the length and width of the cuts. This ratio determines whether you buy a square or a rectangular cushion cut diamond. You also want to pay attention to the number of facets and the way they align; for example, choose between the regular cushion cut or the modified brilliant cushion cut.

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What other cuts are available?

A diamond or gemstone with a cushion cut has large facets that provide extra sparkle. It is a variation on the square princess cut with rounded corners.

In addition to the cushion cut, there are plenty of other options. Each cut has its own character and properties. Which cut will be best suited, depends on the size and proportions of the raw gemstone. These other cuts are popular:

  • Round or brilliant cut

  • Princess cut

  • Asscher cut

  • Pear cut

  • Heart cut
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