cush·ion cut | ˈku̇-shən kət
A square or rectangular stone that has rounded corners
Oftentimes, a cushion cut is referred to as an “antique cut”. This is primarily because the cushion cut is an aged version of the “brilliant cut”, which has a girdle outline that meets a square with rounded corners - emulating the form of a pillow. Furthermore, the cushion cut is quite similar to the “old mine cut”. The cushion cut originated roughly 200 years ago, and during its first 100 years, it was deemed the most celebrated diamond of its time. Furthermore, traditional cushion cut diamonds emit light in a thicker pattern than their successors (modern cuts). The foundational standards for cushion cut stones are more wide-ranging than many other shapes. For instance, modern cushion cuts have one of three basic pavilion facet patterns, one of which is named a “modified cut”. The modified cut emits a "crushed" appearance, which is very similar to a radiant cut. The only variable many jewelers and wearers come across with the cushion cut is that evaluating its color and clarity is completely subjective.