At Joe Escobar Diamonds we believe that cushion cut diamonds must be seen to be appreciated. While technology in photography and videography have changed the world, there is no substitute for seeing the diamond in person at multiple positions and in multiple lighting conditions. There are quite a few ways to cut a diamond. When you hit certain carat sizes in diamond (0.50, 0.75, 1.00) the price increases dramatically due to rarity. For that reason, most diamond cutters are going to cut for weight rather than beauty. They will take a diamond that should only weigh 0.75 carats based on its diameter (the actual size of a diamond) and they will cut that diamond deeper, or give it a thicker girdle, etc. in order to make that diamond as heavy as possible. Now that diamond actually weighs 1.0 carat. The problem is that diamond did not get any larger in size, it only got heavier in weight. The diamond still looks like a 3/4 carat which is not a good value. Take these two cushion cut diamonds.
They both weigh 2.01 carats, however the diamond on the right looks significantly larger than the diamond on the left. The cutter has taken the diamond of the left that should only weigh 1.5 carats and has added weight to the stone that you cannot see from the top.
You can see where the extra carat weight is added in the diamond on the left.When we look at the side view of the two diamonds, you can see that the cushion cut diamond on the left is cut much bulkier. This is where you can see how the cutter added all of the additional weight that you cannot see from the top. Diamonds that are cut this way are heavily discounted from diamonds that are cut lean When we buy diamonds, we look for diamonds that not only look as large as they should for their carat weight, but are also visibly brighter and more beautiful. Before we ever show you a diamond in the store, we have visually inspected it and purchased it ourselves because that diamond is spectacular. Now that we have seen how to look at the proportions of a diamond, now we can look at the faceting pattern. There are three main types of patterns for cushion cut diamonds.