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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cushion Cuts: Antique versus Modern

Hello Again.  I took a little break from the blog for Labor Day/Rosh Hashanah, but now i'm back with a new topic to discuss...Cushion Cuts!

The Cushion Cut is one of the most popular fancy cuts of diamond in todays engagement market.  I attribute it mainly to the trend of "vintage" style rings made popular by the likes of Tiffany's, Tacori, and Cartier.  

However, some girls today truly want an "antique" engagement ring, which typically contain old mine and old european cut diamonds that lack the precision, symmetry and light performance of modern diamonds, but have an appeal all their own.  Older cushion cuts have a bulkier more "artisanal" appearance that show off the fact that they were almost all cut by hand.  Girls with these rings are typically attracted to the more understated appearance of these stones, and want a ring because of the way it makes them feel, as opposed to something more brilliant to show off.  

On the other hand (pun intended) some girls like the look of older cut diamonds, but still want the sparkle of a modern brilliant cut diamond to show off their engagement.  Modern cushion cuts are faceted using laser technology, so they can obtain the perfect symmetry and light performance desired by the modern bride.  These diamonds, when set in antique style mountings with engraving and filigree, satisfy the desire for something old AND something new in an engagement ring.  

There are plenty of gorgeous antique cushion cuts still in the marketplace today, and thousands of carats of modern cushions are being produced every year.  This trend is certainly here to stay, so search our inventory to see a selection of cushion cuts today!

Check the box marked "Cushion" to limit the search to only cushion cuts

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