cushion ring 3D print model
Cushion Cut Diamonds Cushion cut diamonds, also referred to as the mine cut or old mine cut, derive their name from the shape, which resembles a pillow. What is a cushion cut diamond exactly? These loose diamonds are square or rectangular in shape, but unlike the princess cut diamond, their corners are rounded. Although generally less brilliant than round brilliant diamonds, cushions have more fire. Whether it's this fire or their distinctive soft, rounded corners with a square shape that attracts buyers, the cushion cut has successfully claimed its spot as the third most popular diamond shape. (You can find out more about all the other diamond shapes here.) But if you plan to shop for one of these popular stones, you'll need to know your way around their different styles and their ratios. We'll break down traditional cuts, which have fewer but larger facets, and modern cushions or modified cushion brilliants, which have as many or more facets as a round brilliant, so you can focus on one thing: how to get the best cushion cut diamond possible. A brief history of the cushion cut diamond The origins of this beautiful diamond, and why it has a couple names, traces back to the 19th century. The cushion cut diamond wasn't always known as that - in the past, the shape was originally referred to as the mine cut and, eventually, the old mine cut. The mine cut was a square diamond that had rounded corners. It was named after the Brazilian diamond mines. Once diamonds were discovered later in South Africa, the Brazilian diamond mines became known as the “old mines.” So, naturally, the stone named after the mines got a name change, too.
But this mine cut or old mine cut is different than the modern cushion cut that you know now. The old mine cut had 33 crown facets and 25 pavilion facets (58 total facets). Instead of 58 facets like the old mine cut had, the modern cushion cut has 64 facets. Essentially, the modern cushion cut resembles a cross between the old mine cut and a modern oval cut. But what that means for you is that you'll notice modern cushions have more brilliance than their old mine counterparts.