The two most popular shapes in the in the fancy color diamond industry are Cushions and Radiant. It is always advised that you should stick to H or better when going for cushion cut. To seek the best value, go for S12 or S11 clarity. Because of S12’s big open table, it is fairly difficult to get a clean piece. To get the later with a higher clarity you might have to append a bit extra. So, if you are planning to buy one such piece from online then don’t blindly trust a websites virtual inventory because looks can be deceiving. Instead go to a reputed vendor for the cleanliness check.
Get your numbers straight:
The parameter for a cushion cut diamond is at times vague. For instance the numbers for cushion cut diamond could read something like this: depth less than 70 percent symmetry less than excellent, depth less than 70 percent etc. You can hardly make out anything from this number. So, it’s always wise to go to an experienced vendor if you choose to buy a diamond.
Cushion cuts have large become popular in the past decade. After princes and round cut, cushion is by far the most popular choice. Cushion cuts are complex understand because of their complexity. Terms such as broken glass, crushed ice, old minders, classic cushion etc needs time to understand. In the next section we will try to briefly explain the differences of various cuts:
Primarily cushion is divided into two types standard and modified. The differences between the two mentioned types of cushion are quite technical and very minute in nature. It is almost impossible for a layman to decipher the differences with naked eye. Standard cushion gets a cut which has been used for a very longer time where as the modified cushion gets cut which has a more modern look to it. There is a common misconception that cushions are easily identified by their appearance. There is no element of truth in it. Cushions can look like other cuts without giving away their method of cut.
Crushed ice as opposed to chunky cushion
Like two prominent categories of cushion cut, there also exist two different categories of looks that a cushion could display. The two types of looks are known as Crushed ice cushion and chunky cushion. There is absolutely no relation of between the cut and the display of the cushions. It is needless to say that getting a hang of cut and look of cushions take time. We will discuss both these type in vivid detail.
These kinds of cushions have a very well defined pattern of facet. It has to be looked down into the table of a stone in a face up oriented state. This is much similar to a round diamond. They are more commonly known as “antique” cut. However, technically speaking cushion cuts are pretty modern. They have emerged from the well known and very old miner cut.
Crushed ice cushion
Crushed ice cushions have no distinguished facets. When they are looked through their table all you could see is a picture which is familiar to that of a broken glass. This is the reason why they have got the name of a disorganized space of a sparkling bling.
Now that the basics are covered, we will talk about the 3C’s of cushion which will help you to make your parameter scale ready.
You got to be careful when it comes to color of a cushion cut. Both cushions and radiants are capable of retaining their color more than any other shape of diamond. They lie on the opposite side of the spectrum as opposed to a round cut and hence can mask their color. This is the reason why cushions and radiants rule the diamond market when it comes to fancy color diamond. On the other hand round fancy color diamond are very hard to find. They come once in a while and are one of the costliest. That’s why it makes sense to plant a cushion cut diamond on either on white gold or platinum. The color you should stick to is H or higher if possible.
When it comes to clarity cushion cuts could be tricky. Do your homework and decide beforehand which stone are you going to buy? A choice has to be made between crushed ice and antique cushion. Crushed ones can hide their inclusions. If you have decided to buy a pear shape diamond, it makes sense if the inclusions are located at the corner as they will be guarded by the crushed ice which is typically found in the corners of these shapes. Rule of thumb is to go for the lowest clarity that is still eye clean.
Quality of cut
When it comes to choosing the parameters to decide the quality of a stone there are no hard and fast rules. It is difficult to make out the differences between two stones. There is no certificate which can tell you whether a particular stone is antique or crushed ice. Therefore if you are particular about buying a cushion it is always advised that you go to a vendor rather than blindly buying it from any random places. Just certificates are not good enough reason to buy cushion cut diamonds.
Tips to buy a Diamond
So, if you are planning to buy cushions here are a few tips which will help you to make the perfect choice. Consider your budget and keep the following things in mind when you go to buy a cushion cut diamond stone:
1. Choose a cushion which has a depth less than 70 percent.
2. Choose a cushion which has a table less than 70 percent
3. Do not put much emphasis on girdle thickness as it hardly matters when it comes to cushion but if you have two stones to choose from always go with the stone which has a lesser girdle thickness.
4. Go for an eye clean stone
5. When it comes to color stick to H or higher