Our most popular diamond cut of all time is the classic round brilliant cut, but we’re seeing more and more future brides opting for less common diamond engagement ring shapes.
The cushion cut and radiant cut are both having a moment in the spotlight. At first glance, these two cuts seem to have similar features, but actually there are several differences to be aware of.
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THE CUSHION CUT
A cushion cut diamond combines a square cut with rounded corners, similar to- you guessed it- a couch cushion. This particular diamond was created in the 1830’s and has deep roots in mining history.
The cushion cut has some brilliance, but is better known for its immense fire, or the amount of light reflecting out of the diamond.
Shape: square or rectangular with rounded corners and sides
Characteristics: vintage, classic feel
THE RADIANT CUT
The Radiant Cut diamond was introduced to the diamond industry just over 20 years ago. Master diamond cutter Henry Grossbard created the variety in 1977 with a desire to combine the finest elements of the emerald cut and the round brilliant cut.
Shaped like a square or rectangle with beveled edges, the radiant cut pairs well with either square or rounded diamonds.
Radiant indeed- the brilliance of this cut, due to its 70 facets, is surpassed by only that of the brilliant cut.
Shape: Square or rectangle with trimmed, beveled corners.
Characteristics: modern, updated feel
DIFFERENCES OF THE CUSHION CUT VS. THE RADIANT CUT
The cushion cut is softer and more rounded, while the radiant is edgier and appears to have a more square shape. If you prefer a sparkly ring, opt for the radiant cut due to its increased number of facets.
While both diamond cuts attract a lot of light and require similar color and clarity grades, the cushion cut is more likely to show inclusions due to the larger facets and less sparkle- which can provide the illusion of more clarity.
WHICH CUT TO CHOOSE? THE CUSHION VS THE RADIANT
It’s best to know the style preference of who will be wearing the ring. Does her style reflect a more vintage or modern feel? Does she prefer brilliance or fire?
Shape is another key difference in choosing between the two. Some prefer the softer, rounded shape of the cushion cut, while others like the edgier, more square shape of the radiant cut.
If you aren’t sure what would be best for your bride-to-be, let our experts guide you.
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