Post # 16
Go to pricescope.com. Ask the prosumers to help you pick out a nice cushion from James Allen. One prosumer, in particular (her username is Gypsy), is an expert in cushion cuts. Include her name in your thread title and she’ll help you out.
A PP mentioned that there are other modern cushions that will give you larger, chunkier sparkles and more light return. She is correct. The facet pattern you choose will produce a crushed ice look – you need to decide if that is what you prefer.
Post # 17
I would be concerned about the things that others have mentioned (1.) J is very warm for a cushion cut in general, especially a cushion set in a halo w/white gold–cushions show color more than a round brilliant or many other cuts. It’s not necessarily a negative, but you’d have to be ok with that. I think you will see a difference between the center stone and the side stones. (2.) The depth is bordering on deep, but again, with a cushion, you may like that pillow-y quality. It does mean that it faces up smaller, even for a cushion, which is already going to face up smaller than a round. I’ve found this website to be really helpful when I was picking a stone. https://www.diamonds.pro/cushion-cut-engagement-rings/ . As others have said, whether you prefer a more rectangular v. square cut, or a vintage style cut w/large facets v. a crushed ice look like you have now is a personal preference, too. I would look at a lot of stones and see what speaks to you. I will say the selection on James Allen right now for vintage style cuts is pretty slim–I wonder if they got a bit wiped out with the holidays and Valentine’s Day? Another option would be to do a round brilliant in a cushion style halo. Brilliants can be pricier per carat, but they’re more forgiving in terms of color, inclusions, etc.