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While the round cut is the most popular choice in modern jewelry, there are a number of options, including cushion and radiant cuts. When deciding between radiant or cushion cut vs. round cut, remember that round diamonds are prized for their brightness, while cushion and radiant cuts are known for their character and liveliness.
The cushion cut dates back two hundred years when it was originally known as the old mine cut. It is rectangular, with a pillow-like shape, and can feature any number of variations in facets. While its brilliance has been improved over the years with changes to the angle of the cut, it will never quite match the brilliance of a round diamond. However, when viewed side-by-side, it is easy to see how cushion remained the most popular diamond cut for years after its development. As anyone who has ever considered cushion cut vs. round cut can attest, what the cushion cut may lack in brilliance it makes up for with increased fire – the colored light that seems to shine from within the diamond.