Cushions are all unique! For that reason, specifications vary greatly. Some are square, some are rectangular. Some have antique “big flash” sparkle, others have more modern crushed-ice “scintillation.” Like all fancy diamonds, GIA does not give cut grades for cushions. So, when a jeweler states a cushion cut is “ideal” or “excellent,” that is the jeweler’s opinion. Also, there is no industry standard for what makes a great Cushion diamond. As a result, picking a Cushion can be a little tricky. To help our couples, we have included our suggestions for choosing a beautiful, well-proportioned stone below.
Pro Tips for your perfect Cushion Cut Diamond!
– Vintage, big flash sparkle (like chunky glitter): Look for a small table (the large facet on the top of your stone) and big facets on the bottom of your stone (the “pavilion”). You will also often see four large facets on the pavilion that make a noticeable star shape in vintage-look stones.
– Modern scintillation (like fine glitter or crushed ice): A large amount of small facets will create a large amount of smaller-sized sparkle. So, look for a large amount of skinny facets on the bottom of your stone.