The journey of the cushion cut diamond is shrouded with several interesting facts and stories. Though the cushion cut diamond has been around for over 100 years, it was post the revival of the Art Deco classics of the 1930’s the story of cushion cut diamond gained momentum. Back in the 19th century, the cushion cut diamond was very popular and was usually cut by hand. The distinct identity of the cushion cut diamond lies in the cushion shaped pillow appearance it is blessed with. What sets the cushion cut apart is its own personality and distinct look. The cushion cut also goes by the name ‘pillow-cut’ or ‘candlelight diamond’ for the soft and rounded corners and large facets.
There is a marked difference between the old-mine cut and the modern cushion cut. The old mine cut is basically a square cut with rounded corners, high crown, small table and large facets. It had around 33 crown facets and 25 pavilion facets. The modern cut is an intersection between the old mine and the modern oval cut. The old mine cut had 58 facets, whereas the modern cushion cut has a total of 64 facets. The open culet, the rectangular to square shape, the rounded corners and the arrangement of facets gives the cushion cut diamond the richness, the romantic and classic look and maximizes the sparkle of the stone.
All the new features combined gives the cushion cut diamond a unique identity. And it is for these endearing features that the cushion cut has started experiencing its revival. The popularity has soared to a great extent in recent times with many women favoring it over other cuts. Women have already fallen in love with the look that is radiated by the cushion cut in halo setting. The aesthetic beauty and the beautiful artistic touch rendered by the cushion cut diamond is unparalleled and there is no reason why it lacks behind the other diamond cuts. It has reasons enough to conquer over the other diamond cuts and it is not long before it starts to rule over the other cuts in popularity.
Officially the cushion cut diamond is the third-most popular diamond cut. Many modern celebrities like Molly Sims, Jennifer Garner, Ivanka Trump, Giuliana Rancic sport the cushion cut diamond. In addition, some of the world’s famous diamonds like the Hope Diamond, yellow Tiffany Diamond and the Regent Diamond are cushion–cuts. The cushion cut diamond, takes one back to the era of romance and elegance.