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Retro Revival: Why the Cushion Cut Diamond is Back


Is the time-honored cushion cut the latest trend in diamonds?

This tried-and-true cut has been around for centuries. In fact, the famous Hope Diamond, a massive 45.52 carat cushion cut, is nearly 400 years old.

But you don’t have to visit an antique jewelry shop to find one of these beautiful cushion cut gems. Lately, they’re making quite the comeback, particularly in engagement rings.

Wait. What’s a cushion cut?

If you aren’t a gemologist, don’t worry! In this post we will breakdown what makes the cushion cut so unique and brilliant:

Cushion Cut Shape

This square or rectangular cut is paired with rounded corners, making the stone resemble a pillow — hence the name. The precise shape of each stone varies, as does the patterns of facets — making every diamond truly unique. Still, its shape is universally recognized as elegant, chic, classic, and romantic.

Wearability and Durability

Rounded edges make the cushion cut diamond the perfect ring for everyday wear because it won’t snag or chip easily. Some people prefer it over the crisper edges of the more well-known princess cut for this reason, though every style has its own advantages and disadvantages. Rounded edges are often more durable and don’t get caught as easily on clothing.


The cushion cut is one of the most brilliant cuts because of its cut proportions. This cutting allows more light to flow throughout the diamond, which creates the attention-grabbing sparkle it’s known for.


The versatility of the cushion cut makes it a superb choice when picking an engagement ring if you’re wanting to show off your creative side. It works in a variety of settings — formal and informal — as well as with any color metal. The options are endless for a one-of-a-kind creation.

The Cushion Cut is Here to Stay

Between the cushion cut’s antique roots and modern sparkle, it’s easy to see that its renewed popularity will likely persist for decades to come. Even many celebrities are now flaunting this gem on their ring fingers!

So now you see, the past is the present! Cushion cut is the new cushion cut.

Finding Your Diamond in the Rough

Deciding on the perfect ring is still a matter of personal preference.

As with any other diamond, the stones come in an array of sizes, colors, and levels of clarity to fit your desired style and budget.

At Brinker’s Jewelers, we have master jewelers and gemologists on staff to help you find the cushion cut diamond that fits your needs and your budget. And if you can’t find the perfect piece, our designers will help you create it!

Stop by our store to see our selection or inquire by phone 812.476.0651. Prefer email? Send us any jewelry questions you may have. We’re happy to help.

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