Post # 1
I am in the process of finding an enagement ring with my wonderful boyfriend and haven’t tried on a cushion cut yet. I would like to compare them to rounds. We are leaning towards a 1.25 round or a 1.50+ cushion with a 1.75-2.0mm diamond band – without a halo on either.
I would love to see all of yours!! =) Please share diamond size and finger size to help me out!
This pictures shows an idea of what the cushion cut ring would look like, if I chose that route.
This picture shows a 1ct round on my hand. It is in a 2.5mm band with diamonds. Does the 1ct look too small? Does the diamond band look too large? I want the diamond to look larger, of course. lol.
Overall, I’m wondering:
1. Should I go with a cushion or round center diamond?
2. What size for the center diamond?
3. What size diamond band I should go with?
Also, are cushion cuts less expensive? And do they sparkle a lot less than a round?
Please help!! =)
Post # 3
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 # 4
@Dell79: Thanks, I am just looking for people’s recommendations on 1-3. Ultimatley my Fiance and I will decide =)
From your knowledge, do you know if they sparkle the same? I love the look of cushions, but if they sparkle MUCH less, then I am not sure if that is a better deal then.
Post # 5
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. (http://blog.brilliance.com/2012/cushion-brilliant-vs-cushion-modified-brilliant-diamonds) 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 (http://www.libertydiamonds.com/blog/9-cushion-brilliant-vs-cushion-modified-brilliant.aspx). 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
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 # 7
@lilbluebird: Thank you for the advice! That is so interesting about the cuts! I definitely want a more semetrical (square) cushion. And now, I will be looking for the modified cut! =)
Post # 8
@KatNYC2011: I LOVE your ring!! That is pretty much what I was looking for!
Post # 9
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
@suprsweet: Thank you! It’s from Adiamor.com
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
@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 pricescope.com (the RockyTalky forum, has a crap ton of diamond obsessed and knowledgable people to help you in your search!!)
Post # 12
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 # 13
@Dell79: Thank you so much!
Post # 14
@pinkshoes: Wow, I love your ring! =)
Post # 16
@Pollywog: The thin band definitely makes your diamond pop. Love it!