Gemstones and rough diamonds undergo a lot of treatment before they end up in your jewellery. The diamond cutter first of all chooses an appropriate cut based on the quality, proportions and symmetry of the diamond in question. One of these types of cut diamonds is the cushion cut, a very popular cut as a setting in solitary rings. In addition, colourless gemstones and coloured diamonds are also cut in this shape.


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What characterizes the cushion cut diamond?

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, and is also called the pillow cut or pillow shape.
Modified cushion cut - The modified cushion cut has extra facets

The modified cushion cut brilliant

There is also a modified cushion brilliant. At first glance, this cut looks a lot like the cushion cut, but has an extra row of facets and more oblique lines instead of horizontal lines. This gives it a unique sparkle, even brighter than the regular cushion cut.

The history of the cushion cut diamond

The cushion cut is less well known among the general public. Yet this is certainly not a new cut. Its was very popular in the 19th century and relived completely during the Art Deco, just like the Asscher cut diamond. That comes as no surprise, since the geometric straight lines fit perfectly with that style.
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The popularity of the cushion cut diamond engagement ring

A cushion cut solitaire engagement ring has a classic and romantic character. The diamond is well presented, both in a solitaire setting and in engagement rings with a number of side stones. Cushion-shaped diamonds in a ring need 4 or 6 prongs to be firmly anchored. As an engagement ring, the brilliant cut is still the undisputed number one, and the princess cut a worthy successor. Nevertheless, the cushion cut with its luxurious look, is on the rise again. It is elegant and timeless, yet original. In the 19th century, the cut was also regularly used to create diamond earrings.

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Celebrities with a cushion cut engagement ring

Quite a few celebrities wear famous rings with a cushion cut diamond.

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

  • Gisele Bündchen: Top model Gisele Bündchen was given a cushion cut 5 carat diamond, set in a platinum ring band pushed 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.

  • In addition to these top three, there are several famous women who were blessed to wear a cushion cut diamond on their finger, like Jennifer Aniston, Anna Hathaway and Kelly Clarkson. Be inspired by our style guide.
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    The most famous cushion cut diamonds

    The timeless beauty of diamonds ensure their fans love to pay huge sums for impressive stones. These famous diamonds are all unique, rare, of high quality and hugely expensive.
  • The blue Hope diamond

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

  • The Regent diamond

  • This diamond can be seen at the Louvre in Paris. It is a 141 carat diamond that used to be part of the French king's crown at the time 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 at Napoleon's request, around 1811. You can view the jewel at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

  • The Tiffany diamond

  • This is the largest yellow diamond in the world and was discovered in 1888 at the De Beers mine, the largest diamond company in the world. It was cut in cushion cut and bought by New York jeweller Tiffany and Co. It became famous worldwide thanks to Mrs. Sheldon who wore it at the Tiffany Ball in Newport and Audrey Hepburn who was allowed to wear it on her finger in the blockbuster, Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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

    What should I pay attention to when purchasing a cushion cut diamond?

    Two elements are very important when choosing a cushion cut diamond. First of all, the ratio between the length and width that determines whether you buy a square or a rectangular cushion cut diamond. In addition, pay attention to the number of facets and the way they align. For example, choose between the regular cushion cut or the modified cushion cut.

    Are you looking for a cushion cut diamond for a timeless piece of jewellery, or an engagement ring? BAUNAT, your jewellery expert has an extensive collection with the perfect diamond to your liking. In addition, you can have your jewellery custom made.

    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 cuts. 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 most familiar:

  • Round or brilliant cut

  • Princess cut

  • Asscher cut

  • Pear cut

  • Heart cut
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