Clear Cut Classroom: Elongated Cushion Cuts by the Carat

Welcome to The Clear Cut Classroom where we take deep dives into all things diamonds (and jewelry)! This week we're showing you elongated cushion cuts by the carat. This series will be perfect to help you envision what size you want on your finger!

 

Watch the full video below:

 

Today's "Diamond by the Carat" is all about elongated cushion cuts! 

 

Standard cushion cuts are square with rounded corners, like a pillow cushion. However, more elongated cushion cuts have been really popular recently because they are finger-flattering and show their carat weight well. 

 

For cushion cuts, anything longer than a square will be considered elongated, so it's important to know exactly how elongated you want your cushion cut to be. For cushion cuts, a 1.1 to 1.15 ratio will look elongated but not overly rectangular -- perfect for those who want to keep some softness of the square shape. If you want a more rectangular look or a "cu-oval" look, which is an elongated cushion with rounded corners that looks similar to an oval shape, opt for a ratio above 1.2. 

 

The diamond becomes rarer as the length of the ratio increases, meaning that if you want a super elongated cushion cut, there will be fewer options for the diamond. 

 

For a modern cushion cut, I recommend a diamond in the colorless to near colorless range (D-J). If you're looking for an antique cushion cut, there is more wiggle room for the color of the diamond. If you want to learn more about antique cushions or old mines, check out our other videos on Youtube and IGTV!

 

For the clarity, make sure inclusions are not visible to the naked eye, which makes anything from VS2 and up a great option. 

 

That's all for today's class! Let me know if you have any other questions on elongated cushions, and stay tuned for next week's classroom!