If a cushion cut diamond is fit for a Duchess (well, future Duchess) it has got to be good.
If you’ve been doing your research, you may have seen cushion or radiant cut diamond engagement rings cropping up more than before. The old school cut has been thrust back into popularity because of the Royal Engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – and of course, the rather impressive trilogy ring that represents their commitment.
Diamonds come in a large variety of shapes (and endless combinations of the 4CS), but let’s swing the focus onto cushion cut diamonds because they’re about to become increasingly popular.
The cushion cut diamond can be traced back to the nineteenth century when it was initially referred to as the mine cut. The name came from the diamond mines in Brazil where the miners would craft the gemstones into shape by hand. Once South Africa became a renowned hotspot for finding diamonds, the Brazilian mine cut became known as the old cut.
There are subtle differences in what was originally known as the mine cut and the cushion cut that sells today. The square diamond with rounded corners originally had only 58 facets, whereas the modern version has 64 – giving it that extra sparkle.
That being said, cushion cuts aren’t known for their incredible sparkle. Crafted to resemble a candle-lit aura, the cut emits a romantic light with its rounded edges. They are also particularly good at holding colour, so a pink, champagne or yellow diamond would show best in a cushion cut.
Although they’ve been around for a long time, the cushion cut diamond engagement ring only retained popularity when Tiffany released a series of Legacy Diamonds in 2003. Now, the royal engagement has excited the market for the old-fashioned style diamond once again.
Expect cushion cut diamonds to become one of the best selling shapes in diamond rings this year - a timeless, yet still unique selection to reflect a real and rare (and maybe royal) relationship.