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Cushion Engagement Ring Cut

Diamonds are by far the most popular gemstone to be selected for a cushion engagement ring cut, but whether you want a diamond, sapphire, ruby or emerald, certain distinct features of this popular design need to be taken into account prior to purchasing your ring.

It is recommended that the gemstone a buyer purchases be of ‘H’ colour or better on the colour scale. This is because cushion cuts are one of the worst shapes when it comes to retaining colour. For this reason, buyers should stick with H or better when purchasing their stone, unless it is going to be set in yellow gold (in which case, you can afford to drop down to J or K because of the visual effect in contrast).

It is also recommended that a buyer purchase a gemstone for a cushion engagement ring cut of at least SI2 clarity, preferably SI1, on the clarity scale for the best brilliance. Since these cuts feature a large open table at their roof, it might be difficult for a buyer to find a nice clean SI2 cut because of the extra visibility to see inclusions inside the surface. A buyer may have to compromise and pay extra for a higher clarity stone. Don’t trust an online site listing virtually graded inventory. It is much better to shop in person to get a fuller sense of a stone’s inclusions, and only trust a vendor’s clarity checks if you are inspecting it yourself.