The cushion cut is an antique cut that most often resembles a cross between the Old Mine Cut / Miner’s Cut (a deep cut with large Facets that was common in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries) and a modern Oval Cut. This shape is also sometimes referred to as the pillow-cut or the candlelight diamond (a reference to cuts designed prior to electric lights, when diamonds sparkled in the light provided by candles.

This cut is not have as much Fire or Brilliance as many of the newer cuts, but it has a romantic and classic look and definitely stands out from the crowd of round brilliants.

Until recently, it was difficult to find Cushion Cut Diamonds for sale outside of estate sales and auctions. However, cushion cuts are enjoying a small surge in popularity and are again being offered by a few dealers.