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April’s birthstone is diamond! And with April coming up in just a few days, we wanted to focus on diamonds this week… especially cushion cuts!

Choosing the right diamond can sometimes feel like a daunting task. There are so many different things to consider that it doesn’t help that there are so many different types of cuts! Here is everything you need to know about a cushion cut diamond before you decide which shape is right for you.

What Is A Cushion Cut

The shape of a cushion cut diamond matches that of a cushion! Think more square and rectangular in shape with soft, rounded corners. Due to their shape, a cushion cut diamond may not shine as brilliantly as a round cut; however, what they lack in brilliance, they make up in fire.

The cushion cut diamond also gives the wearer more flexibility with its setting. Due to their shape, cushion cut diamonds can be set side-by-side. This added flexibility makes them great for engagement rings!

The Pros and Cons of Cushion Cut Diamonds

The Pros

  • Cushion cut diamonds are more cost-effective than more popular cuts like the round cut. 
  • You can make the cushion cut even more cost-effective by selecting a stone with more yellow hues. 
  • The rounded corners make this stone more durable than other cuts, making this an excellent choice for an engagement ring.
  • The shape enhances the color and the stone’s fire. 
  • It can be set into many different unique settings.

The Cons

  • If you are looking for a diamond with high brilliance, the brilliant round cut might be a better fit for you.
  • The large facets of this cut make it easier to see imperfections in the stone if there are any.
  • If you are looking for a bezel setting, the cushion cut is not suitable for you. The metal that wraps around the stone can reduce the brilliance of this particular stone.
  • Cushion cuts are sometimes better for colored gemstones. The larger facets better pronounce their vibrant colors. 

The Bottom Line

As long as you understand what you’re looking for in a diamond and the pros and cons of a cushion cut, we are confident you will make the right selection. Cushion cut diamonds can make for some truly breathtaking pieces of jewelry if you know what you are looking for. 

If you want a slightly colored diamond, this is a great choice; the large facet will better pronounce the colored tones in the stone. This is often the preferred cut for colored tones and unique setting types.

At the end of the day, if you have any questions about what type of diamond is right for you, talk to the professionals at Shiva’s! With April coming up, diamonds are the way to go and we’ve got everything you need!