These two diamonds both weigh 2.01 carats. Be sure you understand the difference in brilliance, size and value.
Cushion Cut Diamonds There are 3 different style cushion cuts: Antique, Brilliant and Modified Brilliant.
Vintage or antique cushion cut diamonds have fewer, longer facets than their modern counterparts and this style cushion cut was typical in the early to mid-20th century.
Antique cushion cuts are usually less brilliant than modern cut cushions because cutters of that era did not have the skills or technology to optimize brilliance.
Antique cushions are typically deeper and have a smaller 'face size to weight ratio' than properly cut 'brilliant or modified brilliant' cushions.
Antique cushions have a certain charm because of their antiquity; however, the brilliance will not compare favorably to a beautifully cut modern cushion, and in addition the modern cut cushion will have a ‘larger face to weight ratio.’
Modern cushion cut diamonds are categorized as either ‘cushion brilliant’ or ‘cushion modified brilliant.’ The GIA differentiates between these two possibilities based on technical faceting criteria and one definition does not guarantee a more brilliant or desirable cushion cut.
Every cushion cut is unique and different. Work with a trusted source and make your selection based on the brilliance, beauty and personality of each diamond. Avoid getting too immersed in technical information and select a stone that is brilliant and speaks to you.
The images below show 2 cushion cuts both described by the GIA as ‘cushion modified brilliant’. The one however is quite different from the other. Both are gorgeous diamonds full of life. Which do you prefer?
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