Post # 1
I know radiant and cushion cuts are quite different but I haven’t gottten a chance to go see them in person yet. As part of my reseacrh I’d like to ask that you share a picture and the reason why you went with either of the two cuts. They’re both beautiful so please help me decide! Thanks 🙂
Post # 2
I don’t have either but would choose the radiant because cushions face up small.
Post # 3
Go for radiant it faces up more than the cushion
Post # 4
I don’t like radiants as a “general rule” as I don’t like that splintery, crushed ice look:
I like cushions, but I am picky about them. Again, I don’t like that crushed ice look that lots of them have, like this:
I like cushions with chunkier facets, whether they are a modern or antique cushion. This AVC from Good Old Gold is a new cut, but based on an old cut style:
I have an actual antique cushion that would have been cut over a 100 years ago, and it has chunky facets too:
Post # 5
Thank you for your suggestions ladies!
Really helpful! Thank you so much!
Post # 6
I’m with you. I thought I wanted a cushion by my Fiance couldn’t understand why many weren’t making me swoon. Then he figured out it was the chunky facets I loved. so that sent us on the old cut diamond route and ended up with an OMC.
Post # 7
I always loved princess cut but my first ERing was a princess cut and wanted something different. Radiant or Cushion was next on my list but mainly because I didn’t want a typical round. Little did I know cushions had become so popular! The model I wanted from Moissanite didn’t ‘come’ in radiant however I probably could have gotten them to do it.
Bottom line – I have no good reason for choosing Cushion over Radiant other than it was right there available and in our price range.
Post # 8
But do most radiant have that crushed ice look or are there any with the larger facets?
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion
I’d really suggest trying them on. Cushion was originally on my top 3 cuts list (along with round and emerald) and when I tried one on, it wasn’t for me. Both are lovely and very different.
Post # 10
I believe radiants are a modern cut only so they tend to be more splintery. Many cushions are like this too. Nothing wrong with the crushed ice look it’s just very different and each have their fans.
This video (and others from good old gold) may be useful to you. We found their videos educational https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qtASEx9Whpg
Post # 11
I chose a cushion. Like PPs mentioned, I’m not a fan of the “crushed ice” look radiants tend to have. The difference in face-up size is negligible to me.
31.74 mm² (±4%) 30.59 mm² (±5%)
Face-up size outline Face-up size outline
1ct Radiant (5.78×5.78×3.7mm)
1ct Cushion (5.83×5.83×3.73mm)
Difference: 1.15mm² (4%)
1 carat Radiant (5.78×5.78×3.7mm) has approx. 4% more top surface area than 1 carat Cushion (5.83×5.83×3.73mm).
Post # 12
Hm, I think the very nature of a radiant cut is that it has those smaller, more splintery facets – that is how they were designed. They don’t all look very crushed ice, but they still look “splintery”. If it had larger facets, I don’t know what it would be butit would not be a true radiant, I believe. That crushed ice or splintery look is part the appeal of the cut to some. More info on radiant cuts, check out the links at the bottom for further discussion and photos:
You can also see videos of tons of loose radiants here: http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/radiant-cut/
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2015 - Malibu Beach
I like cushion cuts because they’re elegant whereas radiant cuts can look overly fractured (in my opinion)
Post # 14
I love the chunky facets of a cushion cut but also t love how radiant cuts sparkle similar to a round brilliant. There is no standard way to cut a radiant like with round briliant so each one you look at will be slightly different. I went with radiant cut because the sparkle factor. I get so many compliments and I’m very happy with my choice.
Post # 15
Another vote against radiant cuts — I too dislike the splintery look. It’s a matter of taste though, really. So you need to try them on and figure out what you like.