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Cushion Cut Engagement Rings Go With Everything

Many people think, when shopping for engagement rings, that the different shapes are just shapes, and you choose the cut according to which one you like best. Many people do not realize that the way a diamond is cut is more for the getting the most out of the facets in the diamond and less about how the shape eventually turns out.

Cushion cut engagement rings are such rings. Also known as “pillow cut” rings, this style has been around for more than a century, although the cut has been updated to reflect modern trends. Originally cushion cut engagement rings were known as miners cut rings, and they were incredibly popular from the 1870s until the early 1900s. These engagement rings were almost all that was available for about 70 years in during that time period. The round brilliant took over as most popular, but cushion cut engagement rings have been making leaps and bounds back into the spotlight in recent years.

These square or rectangle shaped diamonds have been cut with rounded corners and 58 larger facets to give them a more substantial brilliance. They are also designed to highlight clarity. That means that having a higher clarity rating is important or flaws and imperfections could show up on the ring. Most experts recommend an SI or greater, and to pay special attention to the diamond’s detail page, where it should tell you where imperfections are on the diamond. Of course, the brilliance of cushion cut engagement rings depends quite a bit on the skill of the cutter. This means that a highly skilled cutter can coax more shine out of a cut than a less skilled cutter can.

Because of their design, cushion cut diamonds go extraordinarily well with antique engagement ring settings as well as the very most modern. Cushion cut engagement rings can be beautiful as a simple solitaire or they can be combined with other diamonds and baguettes or precious stones. They have a very versatile design, which enables them to compliment whatever setting they are paired with, giving you a beautiful overall design.

Posted on October 24, 2011 by Admin