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Diamond Cut

ROUND DIAMOND CUT VS CUSHION DIAMOND CUT:

Round Diamond Cut

Round diamonds attract everyone.They are classic and timeless.

Advantages:

  • Round diamonds tend to have fewer flaws, more clarity, and are more forgiving, as its multi-faceted cut and brilliant sparkle can easily hide minor flaws.
  • There are lots to choose from in terms of sizes from small to big.
  • Readily available research and information on the best cut dimensions, clarity and color options for rounds.
  • Diamond cutters have identified the exact proportions that optimize the sparkle of a round diamond.
  • The clean cuts of a round diamond leave no sharp edges to be chipped, broken or snagged on fabric.
  • Round diamonds are versatile in terms of style–popularly seen in solitaire or in two or three stone rings.

Look for:

  • Table width percentage between 54%-60%
  • Depth percentage between 59%-63%
  • Crown angle between 33%-35%
  • Star length of 50%
  • Girdle of 2.5%-4%
  • Girdle thickness of thin to thick

Disadvantage:

Round diamonds tend to be more expensive as compared to fancy-cut shapes like princess and emerald, simply due to the fact that they’re in much higher demand.

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.
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