This square-shaped cut was invented in the 19th century, when it was known as the Mine Cut. Its 58 facets were designed to refract light in all directions, and made an especially dramatic impact under candlelight. As diamond cutting techniques evolved, so did the shape of the cut, becoming slightly rounded at the corners and gaining the new moniker Cushion Cut.
Today, Cushion Cut diamonds are one of the most popular options for engagement rings. They’re a natural choice for antique and art deco inspired rings, and are romantic when paired with halo or pavé settings. A Cushion Cut diamond may be square or rectangular, and some variations feature extra facets for a ‘crushed ice’ effect.