Post # 1
Hi Bees! Wanting some opinions and personal experience please 🙂
My SO and I are currently in the works of custom making my future engagement ring, yay! We have the jeweller, design, budget, and metal type chosen. I thought I had the centre stone cut chosen too (OEC) but I recently tried on an art deco e-ring with a modified brilliant cushion diamond, which had the “crushed ice” effect, and I was mesmerised! I loved looking into the diamond, the facets and sparkles just kept on going and going, appearing like there were so many layers of diamond. I think some radiant cuts also achieve this look. I could not see the bottom of the diamond, it seemed so deep, it was just stunning. I have not yet seen an OEC diamond in person, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever get that opportunity, I’d be buying blind online (risky?).
I have 3 questions:
1) The design we have chosen is art deco inspired. It will have a centre diamond roughly 0.8ct give or take, with a airline halo, in white gold. (see inspiration pics below). If I chose to get the modified cushion cut, will that look too modern and appear out of place in the art deco piece?
2) Those with OEC’s – does the faceting really mesmerise you? Do you get lost in the facets? Or rather just notice the lovely chunky facets? Is there anything about the OEC cut that bothers you? Non symmetrical? Dark spot in middle? Not very sparkly? Can you see the bottom of the diamond when looking through it birds eye view?
3) Those with modified brilliant cushions or radiants with “crushed ice” look – do you love love love your diamond? Do you get lost in its never ending facet beauty? Does the diamond still sparkle lots even with its smaller facets? Do “crushed ice” radiants have the same “never ending diamond” look to them when you stare into the centre of it?
FWIW, I actually am not the biggest fan of round shaped diamonds, but I do love the OEC faceting. I do realise you can get antique cushions etc, but they don’t appeal to me the same.
To help show what I’m talkng about, PICTURES!
Thanks bees 🙂
“crushed ice” examples:
Post # 2
OOOOO beautiful!!! I’m a crushed ice fan – I have a modified cushion brilliant and I looooooooooove her. To your first question, I think a modified cushion brilliant would be STUNNING in that setting, which is completely gorgeous. Wouldn’t look out of place at all.
And to your third question – I’ve had mine for a year, and never have I tired of looking into her! Depth and rainbows and brilliant sparkles everywhere. When I was first looking for a cushion I’d hear “crushed ice” and thought, how cool! I didn’t realize people were usually referring to it as an undesirable quality. I love it – went with my gut, and couldn’t be happier!
Post # 3
I think your inspiration ring is beautiful! I don’t think a cushion will look too modern in it.
I actually used to want a cushion cut. I had a setting that we used and they were not able to put a cushion cut in it, so my Fiance chose a passion cut diamond. It has about 30 more facets than a round brilliant. I also was not a fan of round diamonds but I love it! And I get mesmorized by the sparkle all the time. Just another option to get that crushed ice sparkle that you like. Mine is also a bezel setting which can make diamonds look a bit dull but with this cut it seriously catches my eye all the time with the sparkle. And I’ve had lots of people comment on the sparkle it gives off.
I dont really know if this helps or if I answered your questions…lol. Anyways. Here is a pic of my ring for reference. btw, I can never get a proper picture of the sparkle that it puts off.
Post # 4
nightowl: have you considered an old mine cut? Best of both worlds.
Post # 5
Good Old Gold has a lot of good comparison videos on their YouTube channel where you can look at different cuts under different kinds of light.
Post # 6
kidseahawk: This was exactly the response I was looking for! Thank you so much. Thanks for posting your ring too, it’s stunning!
M.Alana: Thank you for your comment 🙂 Your ring is so feminine and dainty, gorgeous!
flowercrowns: Yeah I did mention how I know there’s other old cuts out there, but I’m not the biggest fan of them. Thanks for the tip though. Funny you mention GOG videos! I’ve been watching a few of them, unfortunately though he doesnt zoom in enough to the diamonds to get a really close look at the facets, and video isn’t the same as real life viewing!
Anyone want to comment about their OEC diamond? 🙂
Post # 7
nightowl: radiant gal here! :). Love mine, I’ve had it two years now and still am loving the sparkle! I always enjoy when my ring gets compliments on the sparkle 🙂
Post # 8
I love the ‘crushed ice’ look diamond. I used to have a 1 carat trillion solitaire in a necklace that had that look to it. The damn thing just literally disappeared into thin air years ago.
Post # 9
nightowl: To answer question #2: Those with OEC’s – does the faceting really mesmerise you? Do you get lost in the facets? Or rather just notice the lovely chunky facets? Is there anything about the OEC cut that bothers you? Non symmetrical? Dark spot in middle? Not very sparkly? Can you see the bottom of the diamond when looking through it birds eye view?
Nothing about my OEC diamond bothers me. I love the chunky facets and have a mesmerizing sparkle to them. They are so beautiful and and I find myself staring at the genius of the diamond cutter who cut it by hand. I actually LOVE the open culet (that dark spot, which really isn’t a spot, just another facet, technically) and am actually bummed that it’s small and not that noticible. I’m not sure what you mean by seeing the bottom of the diamond…
I don’t think I will ever choose anything over an OEC again 🙂
Post # 10
I have a cushion modified brilliant. I love the “crushed ice” look but it honestly doesn’t look that “crushed” most of the time (I don’t think.) It does look very deep as most cushions are cut deeper (at least the diamonds are, I don’t know about other stones.) I love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything else!
and a pic of it in decent light (reflecting my yellow purse, unfortunately ha)
Post # 11
There are some that say stay away from the modified brilliant because it looks like crushed ice.. I say fooey… I have one and I love it. It sparkles like crazy and my hubbby picked out so enougn said. Nobody has ever come up to me and said .. oh your diamond must be modified brilliant because it looks like crushed ice.. and on mine I can actually see dicernable patterns….
I would be concerned if it looked like frozen spit…
Post # 12
Here’s my crushed ice cushion. I love it. The facets make it look like it goes on forever and ever when you look into it. The Good Old Gold videos are a good reference. They explain how to choose a modified brilliant cushion so that you don’t pick one that looks “slushy” or “watery” inside. With mine, I’ve found that it’s really important to keep it clean or you start to lose some of the sparkle in the middle of it.
Post # 13
nightowl: You are so welcome! And thank you! I can’t wait to see what you end up getting 🙂
Post # 14
Oh goodness! So many pretty rings. The photos are helping me a lot with my decision 🙂
LavenderBride24: I love the size of your radiant, it’s so feminite and classic, lovely setting too. I have a soft spot for double prongs, especially claws!
Peanut-Sue: Sorry you lost your pretty diamond 🙁
vintagelover32: THANK YOU! I absolutely love the open cutlet too! And the chunky facets are just so stunning, I love the pastels. This is all coming from having only seen photo and video though. I do think I’ll choose an OEC for my custom ring, but a girl can love some never ending crushed ice too!
bkrocks13: wowee look at that rock!! The facet pattern is gorgeous, and those sparkles are lovely.
creeative1: I know! There seems to be so many crushed ice haters, but I love the crushed ice! Glad you love yours 🙂
Ls413: Your ring is stunning! How good does your cushion look in that halo. I love the cut corners of the halo.
Thanks everyone for posting your ring beauties and sharing your opinions. It’s really, really helped me a) satisfy my crushed ice crush (yay puns!) and b) realise that I think I’ll choose an OEC because that suits the era of my ring inspiration best, and because I love OEC’s too! 🙂
Post # 15
nightowl: Yay! I think an OEC would compliment the setting you are inspired by. Although I have to say, I have never seen a crushed ice diamond in person, so I could only comment on my love for OEC’s.
I also forgot to post pictures of my rings!
OEC diamond center stone
My new RHR that I got this week!!! OEC diamond center
OEC in an illusion setting
Opps…quality of pics not that great…doesn’t do them justice!