The Vintage Appeal of the Cushion Cut Engagement Ring
Throughout the Los Angeles area, the cushion cut engagement ring has continued to enjoy a lot of popularity. From celebrities including Sofia Vergara and Bar Refaeli to the girl next door, people love the vintage, heirloom-esque quality of the cushion cut diamond.
Unique Qualities of the Cushion Cut
Did you know the cushion cut is one of the oldest cuts used on diamond rings? This style has been around for more than 300 years and reached its previous height of popularity during the 1800s. Many people love the cushion cut diamond for its ability to reflect the gentle rainbow of candlelight and an internal incandescence. Compared to other diamond cuts, the cushion has a softer, somewhat subdued shimmer. However, many people prefer the gentle kaleidoscope effect of dispersed light, a quality unique to the cushion cut.
Love Its Rounded Edges
Many people with a cushion cut diamond love its rounded edges. This prevents many daily wear hazards, such as catching the ring on clothes or getting it tangled in hair. The rounded edges also reduce the likelihood of small chips and damage around the edges.
Understand Why Facets Matter
Cushion cut diamonds are generally available in a rectangular or square shape with about 60 facets. The facets tend to be bigger with this cut than with others and may draw more attention to blemishes within the stone, especially if it is over a carat. To avoid this dilemma, many ring buyers simply choose diamonds with a GIA clarity grade of at least VS2, a 6 or higher on the AGS scale, and a G or better on the GIA color grade or 0.5 or more on the AGS color grade scale.
Setting the Diamond
The most common (and preferred) setting for the cushion cut engagement ring is a four-prong setting. This setting provides necessary security without blocking light, so wearers can enjoy the soft brilliance of the diamond.