The cushion cut diamond easily tops the list as one of the most luxurious and timeless diamond shapes today. Its vintage yet modern-like appearance makes it a desirable accessory for diamond lovers and collectors. Here’s a comprehensive rundown of the cushion cut and why it is so popular. 

History of the Cushion Cut Diamond


The cushion cut’s name originally came from its predecessor, the old mine cut diamond.  According to GIA, “Old mine cut,” originally meant any “brilliant,” cut squarish shape, colorless or near-colorless diamonds that originated in Brazil or India. Then, as African mines began producing diamonds of higher color quality, the term old mine cut was applied to any diamond with exceptional color and one that had the older style cut. Eventually, old mine cut was applied only to squarish-shaped diamonds with faceting arrangements that were popular beginning in the early 1700s.

The cushion cut has square cuts with rounded corners just like a pillow, hence its name, cushion. Today, cushion cuts are a preferred shape for engagement rings, earrings, and wedding bands.

Unique Features Of The Cushion Cut Diamond

Traditional cushion cuts are a bit on the chunky side and reflect light in bulky patterns compared to modern cut ones. But, modern cushion cut diamonds can rival the brilliance of a round diamond.  

Classic cushion cut diamonds also come in rectangular shapes.  Square cushion cuts will be slightly more brilliant than rectangular cushions but, personal preference dictates choice.

Why Choose The Cushion Cut?

The cushion cut diamond presents an elegant and stylish look that closely resembles natural diamond crystals with minimal waste while cutting. Plateau Jewelers is a master of the trade and helps you find the cushion cut that suits your personal preference to the tee. Get in touch for more information.