Post # 1
I was just flipping thru the Fred Meyer catalog and one of the pages says: Cushion Cut Center “A marvelously romantic cut that looks larger than comparable shapes.”
I really like cushion cuts but the biggest reason I didn’t get one was I’d always read on here and elsewhere that they tend to face up slightly smaller? I know it varies from stone to stone and depends on the cut…but generally speaking is this true? I’m happy with my round brillant…I waffle about my setting but I’m happy with my round but might have considered a cushion if I’d thought it was more bang for your buck. Also cushions come in different shapes, right? Some more square and some more rectangular?
Post # 3
it’s an ad… they can tout whatever they want on there. I have a square cushion; they are known like princesses to have a smaller “face up” size in comparison to their carat weight. Especially when compared to rounds. Given that he’s advertising “comparable cuts” I’d say they’re comparing it to princesses/emerald’s/asschers… which all have similar “face up” to carat ratios.
Post # 4
@halolover: Round brilliant diamonds have the biggest “face up” value of all of the cuts currently available on the market.
Post # 5
I don’t know if it’s officially true, but I do feel that my 1.1 cushion looks a LOT larger than my friends 1ct round. I think it’s the corners.
Post # 6
A 6 x 6 mm cushion will face up larger than a 6 mm round. However, a 6mm cushion will be about 1 carat, while a 6 mm round is about 0.75 carats. Also, rounds are generally more expensive per carat than cushions, so it pretty much evens out.
Post # 7
Face up size is done by comparing stones of equal carat, so, as you say, 1 ct round looks bigger than 1 ct cushion, princess, etc. The idea is to determine how big stones of equal weight really look.
Although completely useless… A 6 mm wide princess stone is going to be more carats than a 6 mm wide stone even. That tells you nothing. Surface area does not mean anything when you restrict the comparison to the diameter. A marquis stone that is 6 mm wide is going to be enormous, carat-wise. Marquis stones appear to be some of the smallest per-carat.
Post # 8
we-ll, rose cut would “face up” pretty big but it’s certainly not for everyone…
I don’t know which of the more common cuts would tend to face up biggest in general, but I’d go to a reputable source for the answer, there’s a lot of nonsense and half-truths spouted in the jewelery business.
Post # 9
here is a chart with different sizes and shapes for reference.
Post # 10
oops sorry that didn’t work. the other people who responded are correct, though.a 6mm cushion is 1ct, while a 6mm round is .75 ct