my brother is looking for engagement ring for his gf cushion or emerald cut?

posted 3 months ago in Rings
Post # 46
576 posts
Busy bee

How about an elongated cushion cut? Best of both worlds!

Post # 47
557 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

What is his budget? I’m guessing around $5,000 if the diamond he was looking at was 3500 and then plust setting?


What about going something like this?

Costo’s return policy honestly can’t be beat, and as long as your brother makes it clear his feelings would not be hurt, it would be extremely easy to return! (and i personally think its a lot nicer than the james allen ones, but thats just me)

Some other Costco options:

Or another idea would be to propose with a solitaire (safest choice by far) and then they could pick out a nice band together, or an enhancer to make it look like a halo. Here is a round solitaire that meets the 1ct mark for under 6k

Solitaire Cushion $4699



Post # 48
6415 posts
Bee Keeper

Ok so I don’t like emeralds with halos, unless the stones in the halo are also step cut; otherwise they just ‘clash’ for me. So I’m not keen on the EC for that reason.

I like cushions, but agree they face up small. 

Is a round brilliant out of the question? What about an oval or marquise? (Long like emeralds, but sparklier)

Personally though I would never buy an engagement ring without knowing what they wanted.

Post # 49
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2002

Cushion cut and emerald cut are both very different stones. A cushion cut will have that typical sparkle that people expect from a diamond. However, an emerald cut will not sparkle and will have more flashes of color. Also, when purchasing an emerald cut diamond it should be a VS clarity at least or the inclusions will be easily seen with the unaided eye. Both are beautiful stones and you should first know if she likes a sparkly stone or not. Emerald cut does give more finger coverage. Both rings are beautiful. Good luck.

Post # 50
364 posts
Helper bee

I know this post has a lot of responses but just wanted to offer another! Emeralds are beautiful but are very specific and not everyone would like them. Cushions are more classic, probably the second most popular after round, so I would say it’s a safer bet unless you specifically know she likes emeralds. 

Also, the halo looks too big for the size of the stone! Definitely try to get a daintier halo. Same thing with the halo though… Unless you know she likes them, it’s safer to get it without! 

Post # 51
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Oof. Picking out a ring without having any idea what she likes sound like a recipe for disaster. Another one of the posts here where people hate their rings. I don’t think it’s a good idea and I think his reasoning about getting pressured into a proposal is pretty weird. Especially since he obviously is planning to propose.  I mean personally I’m super picky and I wouldn’t like most rings I see for myself. So I don’t think it matters at all what we think as she may have a completely different vision. 

Post # 52
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Elongated cushion?

Personally I only like halos with colored center stones and pear cuts. Or in yellow gold so the diamonds stand out more so the details really pop. Other than that, not my cup of tea especially with pave shank. 

I agree with PPs that a simple solitaire with lab diamond might be the best way to go. Can easily upgrade later. Plus a setting like that costs thousands more than a simple solitaire and that could be used toward a really nice center stone. Or a 3 stone ring for the sweet symbolism it denotes. 

Post # 53
4651 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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@aperta:  I agree.  My only friend who was completely surprised with her ring and loved it was given a round solitaire in a simple platinum setting.  

OP, I always gush about my friends rings when they get them, and most are not to my taste at all.  I gush because they are the perfect rings FOR THEM.  I really think that he should reconsider surprising her with an expensive purchase like that or he’ll likely be disappointed. 

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