Cushion Cut : Old Cut V/s Modified Cut -
A specific cut of loose diamond that has graced the fingers of royalties and aristocrats for centuries as the name old mine cut, has been reintroduced with a new charm, popularly known as the cushion cut diamond. The pillow shaped diamond with its squarish shape or rectangular shape and slightly rounded corners looks extremely fetching. Traditional cushion cut diamonds return light in a classic kaleidoscopic pattern than modern cuts.
Combined with the enlarged culet, the cushion diamond rings or other cushion cut jewelry in archaic times, gained tremendous appreciation. Refinements to cushion cut diamonds over the time, such as shrinking the culet, enlarging the table, and improving cut angles for increased brilliance, have led to increase in popularity. Many buyers are attracted to the antique feel combined with modern performance offered by the cushion cut. It beautifully uplifts the fire of diamonds all the while increasing the panache of the jewels.
The standards for cushion cut vary more than most other shapes, and personal taste will dictate choice. While generally less brilliant than round brilliant diamonds, cushion cut diamonds often have better fire, which is part of their appeal. Modern cushion cuts tend to have one of three basic pavilion facet patterns. The third pattern has an extra row of facets on the pavilion and is classified by GIA as a "modified" cushion cut. These modified cuts tend to have a "crushed ice" or needle like facet pattern, more similar to a radiant cut than a traditional cushion cut.
Cushion Cut : Influence Of Length To Width Ratio -
The length to width ratio of cushion diamond represents how diamond will look from top view and in case of cushion cut the ideal ratio is considered to be 1.00, while for the slightly rectangular type of cushion loose diamond, the length to width ratio varies from 1.10 to 1.20. As the length to width ratio increases, the cushion shaped diamond becomes more rectangular in form. Following the length to width ratio, the exact measurement of the natural cushion diamond can be analyzed.
Depending on the cut of diamonds, the length to width ratio of the GIA Certified diamonds varies
|Types of Diamond Cuts
||Length to width ratio (Square cushion diamond)
||Length to width ratio (Rectangular cushion diamond)
||1.15 – 1.20
||1.10-1.14 Or 1.21- 1.30
||1.04 – 1.05
||1.10-1.14 Or 1.21- 1.30
||1.06 – 1.08
||1.08-1.09 Or 1.31 – 1.50
||<1.08 Or >1.50
This chart shows how length to width ratio influences the shape of the diamond in different cuts. The size of the table and depth of the cut decides whether the GIA certified loose cushion shaped diamond is poorly cut or it is of excellent quality and thus the price of the cushion diamond also differs.
|Category of Diamond Cuts
||58 - 60.9 or 67.1 - 70
||58 - 60 or 68 - 70
||56 - 57.9 or 70.1 - 71
||56 - 57 or 71
||54 -55.9 or 71.1 -73
||54 - 55 or 72 - 73
||< 54 or > 73
||< 54 or > 73
The price range of diamond fluctuates based on the 4C’s of diamonds i.e; the cut, color, clarity and carat of the diamonds. The color range of diamonds start from D, E, F till Z. D is considered to be colorless and hence the best quality diamond with high prices and as we descend towards Z, the price decreases and the diamond reflects slight yellowish or brownish tint. In case of clarity, it is measured as FL, IF, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2, I1, I2 and I3. FL indicating flawless diamonds are free of any inclusions or blemishes, so can be regarded as the supreme quality diamonds and also pretty expensive quality diamonds. But as we descend towards I3, the diamond becomes internally included that may be visible to the naked eyes thus depleting the worth of the natural diamonds.
Similarly, the cut of the cushion shaped diamonds detected as the Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor also influences the brilliance of the diamond. The excellent cut diamonds very beautifully reflect the light causing the full seven rayed spectrum of light that we observe as intense fire and brilliance. So, it can be concluded as the excellent cut is the superior one and such a diamond has high worth, on the other hand, a poor cut diamond is not appreciated much for its lack of shimmer and blaze. To guide you through the purchase of loose cushion shaped diamonds, a list of price range relying on the carat and other attributes of genuine cushion cut diamonds are discussed below.
0.50 Carat Cushion Cut Diamonds:
Fascinating Diamonds provide a huge option of 0.50 carat cushion cut natural diamonds to select from. With the deviation in cut, color and clarity of the diamonds the net cost of the cushion diamond also varies. A 0.50 carat cushion cut diamond can be acquired in between a price range of $ 700 to $ 850 depending on the color, cut and clarity you select according to your necessity.
0.75 Carat Cushion Cut Diamonds:
A large collection of 0.75 carat cushion shaped diamonds is existent in this section. Slightly under 1 Carat, the cushion cut diamonds of this carat are very much preferred for their visible size and affordable cost. Basically, a 0.75 carat cushion shaped loose diamond costs around $ 1400 to $ 1600 depending on the cut, color and clarity you select.
1 Carat Cushion Cut Diamonds:
An ideal carat weight to be mounted in any jewelry, 1 carat cushion shaped diamonds signify a benchmark in diamond jewelry. With a variation in price range, starting from $ 1100 to $ 3000 solely depending on the cut, color and clarity of the cushion diamonds, these diamonds are perfect to be mount in your preferred engagement ring settings too.
1.25 Carat Cushion Cut Diamonds:
Slightly over standardized 1 carat cushion cut diamonds, the 1.25 carat cushion cut diamonds also add a larger bling to your jewelry. Available in a price range of $ 5500 to $ 6500, these cushion loose diamonds add priceless glitter to a jewel with its larger size.
1.50 Carat Cushion Cut Diamonds:
Pretty large in size, the GIA certified 1.50 carat cushion cut diamonds are very much preferred size. Although it sounds a little over 1 carat only but its size appears very larger. They can be bought within a price range of $ 8000 to $ 12000 explicitly depending on the cut, color and clarity of the diamonds.
2 Carat Cushion Cut Diamonds:
Gigantic size of the GIA certified 2 carat cushion cut diamonds are very much adored. Due to the rarity in availability of such huge carat weights in diamonds, they can be bought within a price range of $ 12,000 onwards, explicitly depending on the cut, color and clarity of the diamonds.
2.5 Carat Cushion Cut Diamonds:
A sparkle that will hold your sight, the genuine 2.50 carat cushion diamonds with its brilliance and fire are perfect to be mounted in any rings or other diamond jewelry. This unique cut diamond can be acquired at a price range starting from $ 16,000 onwards based on the cut, color and clarity of the diamonds.
3 Carat Cushion Cut Diamonds:
Ideal carat weight to be flaunted to all; 3 carat cushion shaped diamonds signify the true brilliance in diamond jewelry. With a variation in price range, starting from $ 26,000 onwards solely depending on the cut, color and clarity of the cushion diamonds, these diamonds are perfect to be mount in your preferred engagement ring settings too.