Incredibly popular during the latter part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, the Cushion cut diamond remains as one of the most storied types of diamonds. It is based on the “Old Mine Cut” which was square in appearance with rounded corners. It featured a high crown, small table, and large facets, totalling 33 crown and pavilion facets.
The modern Cushion appears as a hybrid of the Old Mine and Modern Oval cuts. Although similar, the Old Mine featured 58 facets while the more modern Cushion features 64. The bottom of the gemstone has an open cutlet and a rectangular, almost square shape. The rounded corners give the stone the appearance of depth, which is very different from the brilliant cuts of today, which are cut to maximize light return. While not as fiery or brilliant as most modern cuts, the Cushion has a classic, romantic look that maximizes the luster of the gem.
The Cushion cut has a long and storied tradition, proven by the fact that so many of the world’s most famous gems are cut this way. Some examples of famous Cushion-cut gemstones are the blue Hope Diamond (45.52 cts), the Regent Diamond (140.5 cts) and the yellow Tiffany Diamond (128.54 cts), and the largest cut blue sapphire in the world, the 423 ct Logan Sapphire. Tiffany reintroduced the Cushion cut to popularity in 2003 when they unveiled the Cushion-cut Legacy Collection as one of their many iconic engagement ring styles. Again popular, the Cushion may still be hard to find. Despite being pervadingly in style, the cut is still considered unusual and therefore a rarity in today’s market.
The most important thing you can do to make sure you get the most for your Cushion Cut diamond is to know exactly what you have. Pawngo’s team of evaluators are all GIA certified gemologists. The Gemological Institute of America is world renowned for their accuracy in evaluating diamonds, so a stone certified by the GIA is sure to bring you top dollar. Knowing the four C’s (carat, cut, clarity, color) for your Cushion Cut diamond will help in being sure you get the most accurate estimate possible and the funding you need when you need it.
With Pawngo, loaning against your Cushion Cut diamond is easier than ever. Our GIA certified evaluators have decades of experience in diamond evaluation as well as the stone market as a whole. Pawngo will make absolutely sure that you receive a fair market price for your stone when getting a loan. It’s as simple as filling out an application and agreeing to the initial estimate by our team of evaluators. You can pawn your Cushion Cut diamond and be sure that it is safe and sound for the entirety of your loan period in Pawngo’s secure vault. Biometric security, steel-reinforced walls and all the bulletproof glass you can shake a stick at makes sure that your Cushion Cut diamond stays locked up and out of harm’s way. Click the button above to Get Started Now!