Cushion diamond shape
Cushion shape diamonds, with its antique look, were in vogue during the Victorian era at the end of the 19th century and then returned in the 80s with a prestigious modern cut. Today, it is more like retro style reminiscent of the old-fashioned, retro age. Actually, an antique look has put them back on the market and returned them to former glory. Cushions remind one of the Art Deco Old Miner's cut typical of that time and progressive Oval with wide facets which provide more brilliance, whence the name of the Candlelight diamond. The Old Mine diamonds were the most popular shape of a diamond in history because they held almost the entire market of gemstones two centuries ago. The small table, thin girdle and step-facets were the main characteristics of the diamonds cut a very long time ago. At the present times, facets make it a brilliant cut and provide more sparkle. Due to various shortcomings, old Cushions were prone to breaking and scratches. Shape got the unusual name of cushion or pillow for the slightly cushioned, squarish outline with bowed corners. The oldest diamond shape, Cushion, is commonly seen as a colored diamond mounted on the ring.
Excelling the Princess cut, Cushion diamond can be a second option for Pear shape. The reason why it's chosen is the pointing out the uniqueness of its rarity among other common shapes. In a society which is accustomed to famous brilliants, this outstanding and uncommon shape simply fascinates. The one facet pattern of a modern Cushion is categorized as a brilliant, so the diamond returns light very well. There is a lack (or advantage) which states that the Cushion shaped diamonds separate the light spectrum to different colors.
The facet amount does not vary in comparison with other diamond shapes, usually that's 58 precisely cut surfaces of precious stone. Culet has the role of transmitting light, as a matter of fact, it spreads the color throughout the diamond. Colored background will paint a stone too. Ratios between 1 and 1.05 are specific for square Cushion-cut diamonds while the stretched, rectangular shapes with rounded corners exceed 1.20. These measures, together with depth percentages or clarity grade are your personal choice and depend on your own preference of an ideal Cushion shape.
Cushion is mounted with four or five prongs to retain the diamond. For a while, it was difficult to obtain the shape due to the incredible rarity of a diamond. Cushion diamond shapes are often seen as a solitaire engagement ring and also look beautiful if paired with accent or side stones such as baguettes. The three-stone rings are desirable as well as earring studs or pendants. Loose Cushion diamonds aren't affordable for everyone but still look fantastic. The bow tie effect is sometimes noticeable through a cross-section of a diamond.