The Cushion Cut diamond is a generic name for the Old Mine Cut diamond developed before the turn of the century; these days the name" cushion" is often used for colored stones cut in this shape.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND CUTTING ISSUES
A Cushion Cut diamond is a square or squarish-rectangular cut with rounded corners and 58 brilliant-style facets that resemble a pillow shape, hence the name.
A hundred years ago, when Cushion Cut diamonds were first developed, diamonds were not cleaved into two pieces of rough, as they are today. They were ground down as a single diamond and the resulting polished was lumpy and thick.
Cushion Cut diamonds have very thin girdles and bigger culets than today's full-cut diamonds.
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