What are cushion cut diamonds?

An introduction to cushion-cut diamonds

Cushion cut diamonds are some of the most popular diamond stone shapes in the jewelry market at the moment. They used to be the most popular form of diamond up until the beginning of the twentieth century, where they were replaced by round shaped diamonds instead. However, as I mentioned, in the twenty-first century, they are making a rapid resurgence, and brides all over the world wear these diamond rings.

What exactly is a cushion-cut diamond?

A cushion cut diamond consists of a square cut stone that has rounded corners. Many liken this to a pillow shape, which is an astute observation. There is a very specific number of facets to this diamond, fifty-eight, to be exact. These faucets reflect and disperse light, which results in many sparkles and a magnificent wow factor.

Although the most common cushion cuts are usually square, you can find them with elongated rectangular shapes depending on your personal preference and tastes.

Brilliant alternative

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, round diamonds are the dominant force on the diamond ring market. However, not only are cushion-cut rings absolutely gorgeous, they tend to be cheaper than their round stone counterparts. Here’s a statistic for you. A 1-carat round diamond stone costs fifteen to twenty percent more than a 1-carat cushion-cut diamond stone. 

These stones also allow for much more flexibility in the context of personalization. With round stones, you’re quite confined to certain setting styles and wedding band types. With the cushion cut, you have much more flexibility to customize the exact kind of ring you want to buy for yourself or someone else.

Cushion cut colors

If you want to spice your cut up, you can opt to get a diamond with subtle coloring to it. Color on these cuts is measured on a letter scale ranging from D through to I. If you get a diamond that is lettered D, E, or F, it will appear colorless. Alternatively, if you get a diamond with letters ranging from G, H, or I, you will notice gradual increases in the strength of the diamond’s color. We feel that it’s a good idea to mention that it is incredibly difficult to notice any color on some stones unless you take an in-depth look.


Time for a quick science lesson. When carbon is undergoing compression and transforming into a diamond, each diamond starts to develop clarity characteristics; these are irregularities deep inside the diamonds themselves. Irregularities are more common than perfect stones. Due to this, if you want an incredibly pure diamond, you will have to pay top dollar. These irregularities can only be seen when using powerful magnifying glasses; unless someone whips out their 10x magnifying glass, they will not notice a few irregularities in your ring. 

If you’re on a budget or you’re not bothered clarity as we mentioned above. It will probably work out better for you if you don’t spend as much money on a clear cushion cut. If you have money to spend or want to sleep safely at night knowing you’ve got an incredibly clear diamond, go right ahead!


We hope you found this guide on cushion-cut diamonds and their clarity helpful. They are beautiful within their own right and aren’t worse than their round stone cousins, even if they are slightly cheaper. If you want to spruce up your ring, then go for some added color or go for a high clarity. Maybe you want to treat yourself! In that case, why not go for both!