Post # 17
I love cushion cuts. They are my fav of all cuts. There are basic guideline for cushion in terms of table and depth, but really, there are no rules with cushions. They are best judged in person with your own eyes, And if that is not possible, than viewed by a trusted vendor. Pricescope has more cushion info. http://www.pricescope.com/wiki/diamonds/cushion-cut-diamond
But there are lots of types of cushions, like modified brilliants, 4 main, 8 main, or antique. So I would spend some time researching to make sure you get the cut that is most pleasing to you.
Post # 18
+1, i also thought that this looked like a round in a cushion halo.
i’m going to echo what several posters have said… you absolutely cannot pick a cushion based off of online pictures or specs. each cushion behaves differently and you really do need to see it in person to determine its fire and brilliance. pricescope is a great resource as well as goodoldgold.
i have a slightly elongated cushion (1.72 carats) in a halo with a split shank band.
Post # 19
You could also consider a round in a cushion halo for a similar look. Check out blue Nile!
Post # 20
I think cushions are so pretty! The cut really differs from stone to stone though, and you need to see them in person to pick one out. When I was shopping, I found that independent jewelers (rather than chain-type stores) tended to have the best selection of fancy cut stones.
Also, have you tried on rings in real life? I always suggest this to other bees because when I went and tried them on, I picked something totally opposite than what I had bookmarked online. Certain styles just did not look good on my hand, even though I love them on others.
Post # 21
@matts_lucky_catch: You have good taste 😉 I do think that lookes like a round in a cushion halo though.
This is my 1.30 carat modified cushion brilliant. It sparkles like crazy and I absolutely love it. It is set in a plain shank halo, which I love. I will have a pave diamond wedding band to go with it, shown in the second picture.
Contrary to what other posters have said, my diamond and ring were ordered online through James Allen, and we had an excellent experience. You can view the diamonds with a 360 degree, super magnified image. I had no part in chosing my ring or the center stone, it was a total surprise; however, Fiance said their customer service was exceptional and I felt the same after ordering wedding bands from them.
Post # 22
It looks like every one of us have excellent taste! !! All of your rings are stunning!!! I can’t believe how much feedback i received in 2 hours time!! I am definitely going to look to see if I can get my eyes on a cushion halo/round cut. At the end of the day I will let my love choose but I want to at least guide him!! Thanks for informing me about the cushion halo/round option and for those who informed and posted their stunning rocks, thanks for reassuring me that a cushion cut will dazzle and sparkle!!!
Post # 23
@matts_lucky_catch: What you need to have great brilliance is excellent cut. So spend the money there. As for carat weight, just remember anything with a halo will automatically look larger, which is awesome, mine turned out looking way bigger than I ever could have imagined and I have a 1.04 cushion! Fiance and I ordered my diamond online (Union Diamond), we dealt with Tony and had a great experience! I think the center stone cost us $4400 (really good price), and the Simon G platnium (.84tcw) setting cost $6500. Oh and another thing to remember is that EGL graded diamonds will be cheaper than GIA graded diamonds. Basically, GIA has higher standards. I knew this when we decided to go with an EGL. When I went to a gem lab they told me my diamond is probably closer to a VS1 or SI2 for clarity, and H-I for colour. However I can’t see any inclusions with my naked eye. They appraised it for $5500 I think.
Post # 24
@matts_lucky_catch: the ring that you posted a pic of is a round diamond in a cushion setting! Which is perfect for what your looking for I think cushions have more of a crushed ice look and rounds sparkle much more.
Post # 25
Modified brilliant cushions can have the crushed ice look (some don’t though, depending on the facets) but there are many cuts of cushions that don’t have that appearance. Also, the crushed ice look is not a bad thing. Some people prefer it. I have a modified brilliant and love it!
OP, just make sure to do a lot of research, check out some rings in real life, and I’m sure you and your SO will be able to find your perfect ring!
Post # 26
I know it’s not a bad thing and I am aware not all cushions look that way. They just don’t sparkle as much as a round. That’s all I was saying.
Post # 27
I have a 1.5ct square cushion. It isn’t in a halo, but I love it just the same! I’m an encore bride who had a round the first time around, so I wanted a different cut.
A couple of things I found out in the process:
1. There are several facet patterns available for modified brilliant cuts. Each gives the diamond a different look. There really isn’t a way to determine which facet pattern a modified brilliant cushion diamond has until you look at the cert, and even then, you won’t really have an idea of what it looks like until you see it (if you are considering buying online).
2. Non-round cuts can appear smaller than rounds when the carat weight is the same. For example, my 1.5ct cushion is 6.5mmX6.5mm. That’s roughly the dimensions of a 1ct round. Maybe not an issue for you, but if the appearance of a “big” diamond is what you are after, you might get more bang for your buck with a well-cut round.