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The Engagement Ring Files: Cushion Cut

August 22, 2018 Allison Bray

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Welcome to the engagement ring files. During this series we’re investigating what you need to know about the various engagement ring options. Today we’re talking about cushion cut rings.
Cushion cut refers to the way the precious gem in your ring is cut. Diamonds are often cut in this style, but other gems including rubies, emeralds and sapphires also look beautiful when cushion cut. 
This style of cut has been being used for more than two hundred years. Before the popularity of the round cut gem, the cushion cut was the most popular choice. This type of cut was also once known as an old mine cut. 

What does a cushion cut ring look like?

A cushion cut ring is so named because it looks a bit like a pillow! The gem is cut into a square with rounded corners. The cushion cut technique has changed a great deal over the years, and there are now a number of variations that affect how radiant the finished gem is.
Generally speaking, cushion cut gems have less ‘brilliance’ than more modern round cuts. However, cushion cuts are generally considered to have more ‘fire’ instead, which many gem lovers prefer. 

Is a cushion cut engagement ring right for you?

A cushion cut gem may be the perfect engagement ring choice if you, or your beloved, are drawn to antique and vintage styles.  
This is a very traditional cut which is often found in older and antique rings. There has also been a major resurgence in this style of cut in recent years, so there’s a great deal of choice available if you’re looking for a modern take on a cushion cut. 
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