(Closed) Radiant vs Cushion. Which one did you pick?

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Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I don’t have either but would choose the radiant because cushions face up small.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Go for radiant it faces up more than the cushion 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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 # 6
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Bee Keeper

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RayKay:  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
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Bumble bee

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.

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Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • 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
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tc1224:  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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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.

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From diamdb.com:

Face-up area
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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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tc1224:  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:

http://www.pricescope.com/wiki/diamonds/radiant-cut-diamond

 

 You can also see videos of tons of loose radiants here: http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/radiant-cut/

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • 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
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Buzzing bee

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
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Buzzing bee

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. 

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