Post # 1
I’ve been on Bee for a bit, but have not actually made my own post… So here it goes.
My SO has asked my parents to marry me and we’re going through the process of picking my ring. Early on I settled on a 2 carat round brilliant solitaire but have always liked cushion cuts. So, I guess my question if for people who were in the same predicament.
What are some pros and cons of the two? What did you go with? And why?
On one hand I love the classic look of a round, but the cushion (no halo, plain band) is a bit different. I’m indecisive and at this point I feel really bad for my jeweler, and my SO.
Post # 3
@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
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
@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 # 6
@wrkbrk: Thank you!! I was thinking 4 prongs, but everything I’ve tried on has been 6, I’ll have to call some places to see if they have a setting like that because I really like the way yours looks!
@chillinchillin: I have tried some on and actually seem to like both on my hand (maybe I’m just too excited to be getting engaged), although all the cushions I’ve tried so far have had halos. My FI has no opinion either way and just wants me to pick something I like. I have heard that rounds are more sparkly, and that does kind of sway me.
@lolaswann: I have tried some on! Mostly cushions with halos though, which I know I don’t want…. So while I can try on for shape, it’s not giving me an accurate feel. I’ll have to phone around to some jewelers who may have a solitaire cushion with no halo, or diamonds on the band.
I’m so thrilled that I get to pick my ring, but at the same time.. it’s all very overwhelming.
Post # 7
@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
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 # 9
@Almost Mrs.P: Did you have to specify that you wanted a more rounded cushion? I’ve seen some very oblong, rectangular cushions.. which I dislike greatly. Yours is a perfect shape in my opinion.
If you don’t mind me asking, how many carats is yours?
Post # 10
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
@KC-2722: Thank you! 🙂 Good luck.
Post # 12
@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
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
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 # 16
@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.