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Also known as an “Antique Cut” or “Pillow Cut”, the antique cushion cut in appearance is similar to the “Old Mine Cut”, which was popular in the late 19th century, and the more modern “Oval Cut”.
The Antique Cushion Cut is occasionally used for Diamonds. Although the cut does not have the same ability to display dispersion as the brilliant cut, it is however very romantic in appearance as it is reminiscent of cuts applied to Diamonds worn by previous generations. The cut is often applied to coloured gemstones and can dramatically increase the flashes of lustre seen from the crown of the gem.
Often you may hear the cut being referred to as the Candlelight Cut. The reason for this is that in the early 1900s, before the light bulb was in every home, the Antique Cushion Cut was said to bring out the fire (dispersion) in a Diamond better than any other cut.
During the Art Deco period, the cut was extremely popular in Engagement Rings. The Graff Diamond and the Hope Diamond (the most written about coloured Diamond on the planet and said to be cursed) are both a variation on the Antique Cushion Cut.
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