Post # 1
Okay ladies I need your help! 2014 is going to be the year where I will rock a ring (no pun intended). My boyfriend and I have been ring shopping. I have been doing some research online looking at different styles and have come across a few cushion cut halo rings with a small band that I have been drooling over! Given that I have not seen this particular ring type in person I am getting myself confused since I keep reading different reviews (both good and bad) in terms of its brilliance. I think the overall shape is a perfect blend of a princess and round cut. In terms of size and budget, we would ideally love the cut to be 1 carat and looking to spend 6000 to 7000. I am a novice in this category so any suggestions or comments would be BEYOND appreciated from all of you ring connoisseurs out there!! Below is a picture of a ring that i am admiring everyday!
Post # 3
I’m not sure what you’re looking for? Are you looking for links to similar rings? opinions on the style? “reviews” from people with similar rings?
I have a cushion halo and I love it. I’d love to help however I can 🙂
Post # 4
@wandering_gypsy: i am not necessarily looking for other links i just wanted to show the picture of the ring that i am in love with to give anyone reading a good idea of what i am interested in. I have been reading that it does not give as much brilliance and sparkle as other cuts such as round. I would love your input on your ring since you have a cushion halo!! I just thinks it the perfect balance between princess and round!!
Post # 5
@matts_lucky_catch: here is my ring. It’s a .70ct cushion cut and I think it sparkles like MAD!!!
Post # 6
@matts_lucky_catch: also, check out blue nile. They have loose diamonds that you can pick from and lots of info on cut, colour, clarity and carat!!!
Post # 7
A friend of mine just got engaged with a ring very similar to the photo you posted and its really gorgeous and sparkles like crazy 🙂
Post # 8
I have a cushion cut (no halo) and it sparkles a whole lot. I haven’t noticed any difference with the sparkle level of my cushion verses friends’ round cut stones.
Post # 9
Cushion has several different cut variations you may find more info over on pricescope. Some have less facets giving them big flashes but less sparkle or scintillation. Others are more of a modified brilliant and have a crushed ice effect with good scintillation.
Really hard to judge them by picture you’ll want to see motion or in person. I had good luck selecting one using james allen with their video of each candidate stone.
If you go with james allen ask them form the pricescope price and youll get 1-3% off the stone.
Post # 10
@matts_lucky_catch: Well that I can definitely help with!
I think mine is quite sparkly (when it’s clean) and I get compliments on it all the time.
Mine is a 3/4 c center and about 1.2 c tw. Size 7 finger.
I don’t have a thin band like you are looking for, but it’s pretty thin. The ering is from Helzberg (discontinued, but they have some nice ones) the wedding band is from Zales (vera wang)
Post # 11
You can also look at round stones set in cushion halos and compare the two, they’re pretty common.
Post # 12
@wandering_gypsy: how thick is the band on your e-ring? It’s lovely!
@matts_lucky_catch: you should definitely look at James Allen and ritani! Both have 360 views of their in stock diamonds. It might help you figure out what sort of look you’re going for (chunky vs crushed ice) and show you how they sparkle!
Post # 13
@jessicadarling: thank you1 I believe it is 2 or 3mm, its just a little thicker/taller because of the diamons on the side.
Post # 14
Cushions are not as sparkly as rounds — round diamonds have the most/best light reflection. They have a different feeling than a round. I have an antique-cut cushion from Good Old Gold, there are also modern-style cushions with smaller splinters of light. If you want a lot of sparkle, I would look into branded cushions like August Vintage, Brellia, Jubilee, etc which are optimized for light return.
Post # 15
@matts_lucky_catch: The ring you are looking at is gorgeous! Although it kind of looks like a round diamond in a cushion shaped halo.
Anyways, I have a cushion diamond in a similar pave halo and I absolutely love it! Like you, I loved how cushions seem like a mix of a round and a princess, and when I started trying rings on, I knew it was the shape for me. Personally, I didn’t care much about the fact that cushions are not as brilliant as rounds (rounds are more brilliant than any other shape). Getting the diamond shape I wanted was more important than having the most sparkly stone (that being said, my cushion still had to be pretty damn sparkly!). So, I guess it’s really a matter of what characteristics of the stone are most important to you.
If you do decide to go with a cushion though, you’ll ideally want to see the stone in person. This is because cushions are impossible to judge just based on stats alone and do not have the same easy-to-go-by guidelines as rounds. For example, there is no “ideal” cut for cushions, the length to width ratios range and this can really affect the look of the stone, even with a high quality cut you can still get a bowtie effect, etc. If you can’t see the stone in person, make sure you get access to pictures or videos of the stone.
If you love cushions, go for it! I am so happy with mine and would not change it for any round I have seen (unless, of course, I was offered like a 2 carat round!). Here’s a picture of it from right now, as I’m writing this response. It doesn’t look super sparkly in this lighting, but believe me, it is!
Post # 16
I have a cushion in a halo (yellow diamond) and believe me, it sparkles like crazy.
I prefer the sparkle of a cushion to a round or princess.