Round or Cushion

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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5483 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@KC-2722:  Have you considered a round with four prongs? That’s what I did because we had a family stone (round) but I like cushions as well. Quite a bit smaller than what you are looking at, but here it is in case it helps you. Congratulations on your engagement!

Post # 4
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1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I recommend trying them on. I absolutely LOVE how cushions look in close up ring photos. I absolutely die for them and my whole pinterest ring inspiration board is 80% cushions. BUT in person i didn’t look how they looked on my finger. They looked like a tiny little square box sitting there doing nothing. (this applies for the ones i saw on ME, not anyone else’s gorgeous ring i drool over.) The rounds I tried on looked much better to me in person though I tend to like them less in photos. They are more sparkly, so it had a lot more life and I thought the shape was more flattering (on me). So we got a round! Try them on if you can. You really can’t go wrong though, both shapes are gorgeous!! 

Post # 5
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716 posts
Busy bee

@wrkbrk has a good point.  The 4 prong setting can give a round diamond a more squarish look

Have you had a chance to try on rings and see what shape you like better?

Post # 7
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7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@KC-2722:  I love cushions. RBs are nice for sure, but I like the sparkle of a cushion a bit better. I’ve heard they can face up a bit smaller, though, so you might want to compare two of the same carat weight side by side to see which you like better.

Post # 8
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2056 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I voted cushion.  I picked cushion for the same reason you are considering it- a little different but still classic.  Mine is a solitaire with claw prongs.

 

Post # 10
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907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a 2 ct cushion (halo though—the Legacy setting from Tiffany). One thing is that a 2 ct cushion faces up smaller than a 2 ct round, so it’s visibaly smaller. Obviously, I didn’t mind it, but it’s something to consider! Have fun looking around!

Post # 11
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5483 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@KC-2722:  Thank you! 🙂 Good luck.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@wrkbrk:  I am totally into round.  I think they are just classic and to me they always have the best cut.  But honestly, go with your gut!  Look at enough ring porn until you consistently like one better!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My ring has a 6mm (~1.1 ct) cushion-cut garnet.  I decided early in my ring searching that I wanted a cushion, especially when I was looking at halos.  It was a very Goldilocks-esque process; the rounds were kind of boring, and the princesses looked too sharp, but the cushions were juuust right.  I like how the square shape of my stone echoes the squared band.  I’ve noticed that I tend to gravitate toward cushion shapes in real life, too – when choosing drawer pulls recently, I skipped right past the round ones to the squares with rounded corners.

@KC-2722:  I agree with you about not liking the rectangular cushions.  I definitely prefer the square cushions.  I didn’t have to say anything when we bought my ring, though, because the store only had square cushion garnets.

@KC-2722:  I think you will have to try on some different options and see what jumps out at you.  I agree that rounds are more classic, but a potential downside is that everybody seems to have a round.  You may want your ring to stand out a bit.  However, the round is popular for a reason – as outlined here, rounds face up large and have proven performance when it comes to brilliance, fire, and scintillation.

Post # 14
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1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

For diamonds I like rounds more because it’s easier to find one that performs spectacularly. Unless you or your fiance-to-be is willing to go on a serious hunt for a cushion or buy a branded one with great light performance, you’ll likely end up with a mediocre one.

I mean, I’d just pick a Good Old Gold August Vintage Cushion and declare myself done, but that’s me.

Post # 15
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749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I love cuchion the best

Post # 16
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1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@KC-2722:  Here is a round diamond in a 4 prong setting in the size range you are considering. It is 2.4, but cut deeply so it faces up like a 2.25 carat.

I initially wanted a cushion but couldn’t find any in a large size. They also looked smaller than a round of the same carat weight. Size was important to me, so I went with a RB.

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