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Diamond Cut

CUSHION DIAMOND CUT VS OVAL DIAMOND CUT:

Cushion Diamond Cut

A cushion cut diamond is a squared shape with rounded corners. The shape resembles a pillow and hence its name. About 200 years old, cushion cut retains its popularity.

Advantages:

  • If you’re looking for a halo setting, the cushion cut works especially well and is extremely popular. G-H-I color is good
  • Cushion cuts combine the energy of a round brilliant with the symmetry of a radiant cut.
  • Option to choose from crushed ice diamond cut (shattered glass) or antique cushion cut (chunky)
  • Cushion cut diamonds tend to be about 25% less expensive than their round cut

Look for:

  • Table width percentage between 55% - 65%
  • Depth percentage between 61%-68%
  • GIA or AGS grading report
  • Thick girdle and bezel setting

Disadvantage:

Slightly less sparkly than round cuts. Larger facets can show clarity inclusions so make sure to judge with your eye and examine the certificate’s diamond plot.

Oval Diamond Cut

Elongated versions in shape and brilliance as that of the round brilliant. It is important to consider the length to width ratio in an oval diamond to get the best shape and avoid bow ties. A perfectly symmetrical oval cut diamond should have a L/ W ratio of 1.30, while anything higher than 1.50 will yield a bow-tie.

Advantages:

  • Perfect shape for round cut diamond’s sparkle and the pear cut diamond’s unique grace.
  • Longer oval cut diamonds with flat shoulders are usually considered more elegant while more wider oval cut diamonds with rounded shoulders give less of a bow tie

Look for:

  • Depth percentage of 58%-64%
  • VS1 – SI1 mark for the best value
  • Table size for ovals is 54%-63%
  • F-G-H
  • optimal oval ratio of length to width is 1.36 to 1.45

Disadvantage:

If the length to width ratio is not chosen wisely, it will yield a bow-tie effect and interfere with the sparkle of the diamonds
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