Please Show Me Your Round & Cushion Cuts! (size 5 -ish fingers)

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Do you prefer cushion cut or round cut?
    Round : (67 votes)
    33 %
    Cushion : (100 votes)
    49 %
    I love both, equally. : (38 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    1595 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013


    1. Only you (or your FI) can make decisions 1-3.

    2. As far as price point, cushions are less expensive than rounds HOWEVER, in the majority of cases a 1.5 carat round will appear larger than a 1.5 cushion. Generally, the price point will be the same per face size. For example, a 2 carat round may equal 8.15 mm x 8.15 mm, whereas it may take a 2.3 carat cushion to equal that dimension, at this point the price of the 2 carat round will be priced similarly to that of the 2.3 cushion.

    Post # 5
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have a cushion and I love it. I looked at rounds too but cushions are little more unusual, which is why I like it.

    For cushions, you really have to see them in person as the numbers are not indicative of how they “look”. Each one definitely looks different.

    Some things to consider:

    1) Cushion Modified Brilliant or Cushion Brilliant. You can google these two terms to get more information, but here’s a blog entry on this. ( If you see them side-by-side, you can definitely tell a difference. The modified has the crushed ice look and has tiny sparkles. Mine is a cushion brilliant (with hearts and arrows!) and I love it. It is much more rare to get a cushion brilliant and they are harder in larger sizes as cutters don’t like cutting the CB, preferring to cut rounds as CBs lose more weight ( Based on my personal experience, most jewelers are not aware that there’s a difference between the two and many will order or have on hand the modified cushions. Because they are cut like a round, the CB will sparkle like a round (assuming it is well cut). The one in your first picture is a modified.

    2) Do you want a rectangular or squared cushion? They come in both, although they are usually rectangular to some degree (meaning not a perfect 1:1 ratio). If the ration is like 1:1.1, it’ll still look squared.

    Post # 6
    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I have a 1.5c cushion cut on a size 4.5 finger and I LOVE my ring. 

    I love the finger coverage it gives me and I like the cushion shape because it has a slightly “old world” feel.

    Like allergicbee said cushions “face up” smaller than rounds so they are a bit less expensive if you compare the same carat size cushion with a round. 

    So I vote cushion cut… but I’m biased. 

    Post # 9
    3720 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I have a 1.34 round on a size 5.5 finger.


    I did not want anything bigger than 1.5 and would prefer quality over size. I find that my round sparkles more than the cushions I tried on. I loved the cushions, but they did look much smaller (but I only tried on 2). In the end, I gave my Fiance the choice between round and cushion (I didn’t want to pick out my ring) and he chose the more classic choice.

    For reference, my band is 1.5 mm with 1/6 TCW diamonds. For me, it is perfect because I love thin bands.

    Post # 10
    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @suprsweet:  Thank you! It’s from

    Both the setting and the center stone came from there. The quality of both the setting and the center stone is fantastic. (D color, IF clarity).

    It was also a lot less expensive than going to a big brand (Tiffany’s) or an actual brick and mortar store. 

    I would recommend checking them out if you are still trying to figure out where to get your ring from.

    Post # 11
    1595 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @suprsweet:  Okay, so rounds do sparkle more because of the cut and facet structure, however there are certain cushion cuts that also have just as much sparkle and brilliance as a round diamond. I think the main reason that people say cushion’s don’t sparkle as much is because the majority of cushion cuts are not cut well and have a lot of “light leakage” that will inhibit its performance!

    Even the performance of round cut diamonds will vary based on cut. If buying a round diamond online (sight unseen), the HCA tool can be a good measure to weed out those diamonds that are not high performers:

    I am also a major fan of EngagementRingsdirect, “A Cut Beyond Antique Cushions”

    and if I had chosen a cushion cut for myself, without a doubt it would have been the August Vintage Cushion from good old gold!

    FINALLY, I totally recommend using the resources on (the RockyTalky forum, has a crap ton of diamond obsessed and knowledgable people to help you in your search!!)

    Post # 12
    14349 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think both are lovely and you just cant go wrong!!  I hadnt really discovered the beauty of a cushion until after getting engaged and seeing so many on the bee s I have a round.  (It’s almost better this way or else I would be torn between the two like you.. haha)

    Here’s my round. size 4.5 ring, 1.3ct (2mm band)

    Post # 15
    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    1.4 ct round on 5.5

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