Hi everyone,<br />I’m a newbie to the diamond world and need your expertise on which shape of diamond to get for my e-ring.<br />I know I want a plain 4 prong setting on a thin band.<br />I like the look of cushion cut.<br />1.80 ct to 2.5 ct. ( if a 1.80 can be cut to look like a 2ct thats good. Otherwise I’ll go up in size. minimum dimensions of 7.50mm x 7.50mm)
I’ve been doing some shopping around and the general feeling I’m getting is that cushion cut is not that desirable. <br />Everytime I tell a sales person I want cushion they immediately ask why in a questionable tone of voice.<br />I don’t have a huge budget but still want the brilliance and white color for the largest size I can get.<br />I’ve been told that a round diamond looks bigger because of the way its cut.
So my question is should I go Round or Cushion? What are the lowest color, clarity, and cut I should go for before my diamond starts looking dull and yellow? Should I only buy GIA? Heard many scary things about EGL.
Thanks in advance! looking forward to your advice.
I think get what you like. Unless you’re trying to resell your ring down the road, it won’t matter if its desirable to others or not.
I have a cushion cut diamond and I love love love it. it is extremely sparkly and white but only Fiance knows the specs. They do face up smaller than rounds, but you can compensate for that with a larger carat. I don’t have a problem with the size of mine.
Its always better to go with GIA, but look at the stone in person if you can either way
I don’t think cushions are undesirable, they’re just uncommon. Rounds are the most common, followed by princess cuts. Sales people may say that to you because they are worried that they don’t have as much to show you. I think cushions are beautiful!
However, if size is an issue for you then you may want to go with a round. They tend to face up larger.
Take a look at the August Vintage cushion from Good Old Gold—those are a fantasy diamond for me. Someday, I really want a pair of those earrings or a pendant.
Anyhow, cushions will show more color because of the way that they are cut. Rounds generally face up the whitest.
Certain oval cuts are really fantastic too–you get some of the best of a round and a cushion IMO. My friend has a gorgeous oval that borders on fancy yellow set in a thin white gold band with white diamonds and I love it.
Definitely stick with GIA or AGS. EGL is shady as &$ck.
SallySa: I have a cushion center stone and absolutely love it. Cushions are cut like rounds so they behave similarly, but cushions may be slightly less common so maybe that’s why you’re getting weird vibes from sales staff?
I’m biased, because I just got a cushion cut ring that I adore this past Saturday, but I love it! They definitely show more color than rounds though…my diamond falls in the colorless category, and I still see warmth in it when I am in a warmly lit room in photos). Definitely go with a whiter stone if you go the cushion route…especially if you plan to have a halo with D/E stones. A smaller stone of the same color range with look whiter than the larger stone.
That being said, I think cushions hav e always been desirable, but right now I think they are especially trendy. Just be sure to go with a diamond in the colorless range…and look to be sure even the color that may show doesn’t bother you. Also, you may want to go with a branded cushion (HW, Tiffany’s, August Vintage, or other Pricescope-vetted vendors) to get the pretty faceting that makes cushions so special! I think the Pricescopers call the poorly cut ones “crushed ice” or something like that.
Really, though, go with what you love! I always thought I would have a round solitaire but was completely won over by the cushion cut!
This reply was modified 6 years, 7 months ago by KetelOne.
watch this video. Its a good example of how egl jewelers rip you off. It’s very informative. Some jewelers actually like using egl because they know they can get shitty diamonds and sell them for more. No offense to anyone with am egl certified diamond. Doesn’t mean your diamond is not nice just thag maybe you paid way to much for what you bought.
Personally I had originally wanted a tiffany solitare, and then i was shown a August vintage cushion cut from good old gold and new that was the cut for me. I agree with ketelone go with a colorless diamond you’ll get so much more of the “fire” reflected and not only in bright lights bit in dim lighting as well.
This reply was modified 6 years, 7 months ago by kimmy764.
I have a cushion on a pave band- no halo- I always wanted a cushion- I like that they are different, not super common. There are many variations- more square, or more rectangular- I have one that is more square, but I have seen some beauitful elongated ones.
With a cushion they do face up smaller than rounds and cut is super important with cushions, I have also heard that they hold color more, but all the cushions we looked at were stunning- I can honeslty say I have never seen a bad one. I have an F color and it’s bright white, andVS2 clarity- it sparkles like crazy!
Go try some on and see what you like on your hand, but I vote cushion!!
LoveBugBee: I love that diamond cut too!! They make a round and a cushion. There’s an awesome video by GOG comparing the round version to Hearts and Arrows and a typical round brilliant. I never knew choosing a diamond cut could be so complicated…
OP, I say get yourself to the store and try some rings on! Surely they have the two cuts in comparable sizes so you can get an idea of the face-up size difference. I’d also test the two cuts out under different lighting bc they probably sparkle differently, and I think that will help you decide what you like best. Both cuts are gorgeous and I think it’s really a shame you’ve been getting odd responses about cushion cuts. Don’t let that influence you one bit.
I’m not a specs person, but I do like the cushion cut on my e-ring. I didn’t get any judgment from our salesperson when I said cushion cut was among the shapes I was thinking about. If you like it, you should go with it!