Wednesday 12th August 2015
Cushion cut diamonds are exceedingly beautiful and are found almost exclusively in antique jewellery.
When you see a cushion cut diamond, you immediately know that it was cut over 100 years ago and as such is one of the very earliest cuts of diamonds. The most usual shape of a natural rough diamond crystal- the octahedron- naturally lends itself to the cushion shape, with a rectangular or square outline with softly rounded corners. One of the earliest examples of a cushion cut diamond that we have seen is ring reference 16633 which dates to the late 17th century.
Each cushion cut diamond displays unique irregularities in symmetry and proportions as each would have been cut by hand. Antique cushion cuts are known for their steeper crown facets, smaller tables, and larger culets, see 20670, 21315 and 21269. Every single cushion cut would have been cut to maximise the beauty of each individual diamond crystal, as opposed to modern day diamonds which are cut to retain as mu
Solitaire diamond ring, circa 1920.
Victorian old mine diamond coronet cluster ring, circa 1880
Edwardian fancy coloured old mine diamond cluster ring, circa 1910.
Solitaire cushion shape old mine diamond ring, circa 1920.
Old mine diamond coronet cluster ring, English, circa 1935.