Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings
3 Important Tips When Choosing A Cushion Cut Diamond
Hi, I’m Vanessa – master diamond setter and author of bestselling book, The Perfect Custom Engagement Ring. I create MANY cushion cut rings, and one of my specialties is choosing the best looking cushion cut diamond within a client’s budget. Every cushion shape & faceting structure is unique – That’s one of the best parts of choosing a cushion cut diamond! Your future wife is one-of-a-kind, so her engagement ring should also be one-of-a-kind. Below are 3 important tips you must know when choosing a Cushion Cut Diamond for Your Perfect Custom Engagement Ring.
Tip 1: The Certificate Doesn’t Grade “Most Beautiful”
Certificates are only ONE component of a diamond. Unfortunately for you, certificates don’t offer a “Most Beautiful” grade. And unlike Round diamonds, cushion diamonds don’t even have an official “cut grade” since the shape and facets style of a cushion cut are so subjective. Some people prefer the large chunky facets, others like the smaller crushed ice facets. When it comes to Round, it’s easier to be a bit more scientific on what’s considered “most brilliant,” but not with Cushions. That’s one of the reasons they’re so cool – when you find a gorgeous one, it’s really special!
This particular diamond shape really isn’t one you should buy online from a large database. You need to see it in person or on video before purchasing it. That’s why it’s important to work 1-on-1 with a jeweler whom you trust to make a selection for you based on the brilliance and beauty of each individual diamond. Two diamonds certified by the same laboratory with similar carat weight & specs rarely look the same. Grading Labs such a GIA or EGL make no comment on brilliance or value, yet these are two important considerations when investing in a diamond. This is exactly why you can’t choose a Cushion cut diamond based on the certificate alone.
When purchasing from a large Diamond List online, you don’t buy a diamond you buy a certificate – The diamond just happens to mailed along with the certificate. Those companies are simply middlemen and do not have possession of those diamonds on the list. In fact, customer service reps with large online Diamond lists will never even see the diamond you purchase (sight unseen) before you receive it. Would you marry someone based solely upon their height, weight, or hair and eye color? Of course not. It doesn’t give you a complete picture of what you’re dealing with.
Tip 2: Choose Your Favorite Cushion Cut Shape
Square vs. Rectangular Cushion Cut Diamond
Either shape of a cushion cut works well for engagement ring designs – simply choose the ratio you prefer best. Below are a couple of video examples of both the square and rectangular shapes:
SQUARE Double Halo Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
RECTANGULAR Double Halo Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Tip 3: SI vs. VS Clarity Grades
One thing I would suggest is that you consider SI clarity diamonds in addition to VS clarity. I wouldn’t suggest this if you were picking a stone blindly off an internet list based solely on the certificate, but if someone is personally choosing a selection of diamonds for you (like here at VNJ) we would select only the very best SI options. Inclusions come in a variety of shapes and colors and if we’re able to find one where the inclusion is white, or can be hidden by a prong, or it’s barely perceptible to the naked eye, you would be able to get a bigger size while still staying within budget.
Certification grades given to diamonds are not an exact science, they are simply guidelines. That’s why I source from different places to get you the highest value for your dollar. Prices vary based on several factors such as where we get them from, what’s currently most popular, how much they were originally bought for, etc, but I always stick to my client’s budget.
The certificate is only a piece of paper – she doesn’t wear the paper on her finger, she wears the diamond. I’ve never heard of anyone asking a woman, “Ooh, is that a D, VVS, with xy depth & xy width?” No, they simply gush over how sparkly it is. If they ask anything specific, it’s what the carat size is. I know it can be confusing for clients since diamond pricing with relation to their grades has so many variables, however my job is to make it easy for you by doing all the hard work sifting through dozens of options to provide you with an awesome selection to choose from. It almost seems too easy on your part, right?
To give you insight into our process: we first look through a large database of hundreds of options to cull it down to our favorite 24, then talk to each dealer about the unique qualities of the diamonds in order to determine which ones to ship in. Then I personally select the ones for you to make your selection from. It’s why we’ve never had a client dissatisfied with their choice because we provide you with the very best quality diamonds to choose from at the best prices possible.
Hi, I’m Vanessa Nicole – master diamond setter and author of the best-selling book, The Perfect Custom Engagement Ring. My educational diamond ring videos have amassed over a million views on YouTube, so be sure to check those out if you need design inspiration for your ring. A cushion cut diamond is the most popular diamond shape, and my specialty is sourcing BRILLIANT diamond options that are all within a client’s budget. Your future wife is one-of-a-kind, so her engagement ring should also be one-of-a-kind!
We create cushion cut diamond engagement rings for clients Nationwide, as well as Internationally!
*** Micro pavé rings are our specialty ***
In Conclusion Regarding Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings:
Whichever Cushion Cut shape you prefer, Vanessa Nicole Jewels will be happy to help you design and create your DREAM engagement ring!
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