‘Antique Cushion Cut’ Category

How to Propose to Your Loved One Based On Her Personality

Posted on February 15th, 2016

Getting engaged is a special moment for every couple, as they begin to forge two lives into one. When it is time to propose, you want it to be a story you’ll be able to tell your children. It helps to consider your loved one’s personality when you’re choosing not only where to propose, but also which engagement ring to get.  Here are a few ideas to help you along the way.

The Sentimental Love of Your Life

If your loved one keeps mementos and keepsakes from your first dates to special occasions, she’ll want to be proposed at a place that means something in your history together. The place where you met, where you had your first kiss or the location of your first date will have special meaning and would be the perfect place for you to propose. Someone who is sentimental will love a classic Antique Cut engagement ring.4011-1D118833_160_010_PLAT

That Special Urban Chic Gal

Your love might be entranced with the bustling city. Whether she lives in a hustling metropolis or not, if she loves the city, you can tailor your proposal to her favorite locations. It could be a trip to the city she loves and the top of her favorite building where you pop the question. An urban lover will appreciate the strong lines and architecture of a heart-shaped engagement ring.3942-1D187242_250_175_PLAT

The Free-Spirited One

A person who loves the wild, crashing waves on a rocky shore might love a proposal at the beach. You can propose in a romantic way whether you choose to do it during the day or as the sun sets below the beautiful water. A ring like the princess cut will remind her of beautiful waves around the setting sun.2208-1D382257_301_140_PLAT

The Natural Woman

Whether it’s a hike through the woods or a stroll through a peaceful meadow, a loved one who enjoys the outdoors will love a proposal in their favorite location. The location you choose should be natural and free of urban distractions. The top of a local mountain after an enjoyable hike would be the perfect opportunity for a proposal. The ring you choose for the occasion should be inspired by nature like the pear-shaped diamond ring.2745-1D550803_406_130_PLAT

Ideas for the Dramatic Lover in Your Life

If you have a lover with a flair for the dramatic, she’ll love events where she’s the center of attention. A flash mob in the middle of a public venue or a proposal in the middle of a major sporting event is the way to propose to her. A ring like the Asscher cut diamond is a glamorous statement for this woman who loves the dramatic.3329-1D69182_126_120_PLAT

When it’s time to pop the question, go with Mark Broumand

When choosing a proposal location, make sure you have the perfect ring to match the personalitiy of your soon-to-be spouse. Our engagement ring experts can help you choose the perfect ring to show her how much her love means to you. Visit us online today to learn more.

Radiant or Cushion Cut: Which Is Right for Me?

Posted on December 16th, 2015

After the detailed process of sorting through a vast collection of diamonds, you’ve finally settled on two cuts. They have a similar look and style, but the jeweler informs you that one is a cushion cut and the other is a radiant cut. You take another moment to inspect both pieces and find yourself stumped in regards to which you should choose.2777-5

In the search for diamonds, the choice between a cushion cut and radiant cut is a common dilemma. At first glance, their marked similarities are enough to confuse a novice eye. Luckily, there are several distinctions that make it easier to tell the two cuts apart. Having a clear understanding of their unique features will help you to get the best value from your purchase.

The Fundamentals

The overall shape of both radiant cut and cushion cut stones is the most substantial similarity the pieces share. However, both cuts have distinct differences in appearance. A radiant cut diamond is known for its angular corners, characterized by a straight lines around its edges. The cushion cut is a bit more round, with its shape resembling a fusion between a rectangle, or a square and a circle together. You’ll also find that the center facets of both stones are not as transparent as other cuts

The radiant and cushion cuts are categorized as brilliant cuts, which means they display a cutting style composed of triangular and kite-shaped facets radiating from the center outward. The cushion cut diamond dates back to the 1830s. Its standard 58 facets aid in its characteristically pillow-like shape. Created in 1977, the radiant cut diamond contains 70 facets. The distinctive sparkle of a radiant cut diamond is sometimes described as having the appearance of crushed ice. They also tend to be more forgiving of inclusions, exhibiting a higherclarity. It’s important to note that some modern cushion cuts are created with hard-to-discern facets, resulting in a similar “crushed ice” appearance.

The Decision

Choosing between the two cuts is essentially a matter of preference. Many diamond connoisseurs enjoy the classic appeal of the cushion cut while the vibrant fire and sparkle of a radiant cut is a draw for others. The best way to make your decision is to try on a piece that suits your taste on your ring finger and see how its beauty perfectly compliments your hand.

Why Custom-designed Rings Might Be Right for You

Posted on November 17th, 2015

Shopping for an engagement ring is one of the most exciting moments that couples share. If you want to pop the question in an unexpected way and get her to say yes, you might consider buying the ring long before you ask her to marry you. While you will find a number of different rings available in stores, you may want to look at the benefits of a custom-designed ring that you make just for her or that you design together.

A Ring Like No Other

Designing a custom engagement ring lets you create a ring she’s never seen before. Though professional
designers work hard to produce rings that appeal to different types of shoppers, designing your own ring puts you in complete control. You can add in small elements that remind her of important moments you shared together, a colored diamond that appeals to her sense of style or other details to showcase her personality.

Cut, Clarity and More

When designing a custom engagement ring, the decision as o how the final ring looks is up to you. Though you might think you can’t afford an elaborate ring, your designer can work with you to make the finished ring look amazing and still fit within your budget. You can draw inspiration from antique-style engagement rings that you see online or from specific shapes like oval-cut rings. Not only do you get to decide on the cut you want to use, but you can also select the clarity and the number of karats used in the diamond as well.3693-5

Show Your Commitment

Proposing to your loved one shows your commitment. It shows that you took the time to think about your relationship and choose a ring that is just as special as your future spouse. Whether you use a princess cut ring as your inspiration or any other type of design, the right ring makes it even more special when you pop the question. She’ll look forward to telling everyone about the time you spent designing the perfect ring just for her.1.45ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Turn Heads with Vintage-inspired Engagement Rings

Posted on November 14th, 2015

There is something about a vintage-inspired engagement ring that just seems to catch the eye and turn heads. Because your engagement ring is something you’ll wear for the rest of your life, it’s important that you give some thought to your own personal style and which type of vintage-inspired ring will work best for you or your partner.

Princess Cut Rings

Princess cut rings are a great example of jewelry pieces that combine elements of modern and traditional styles. Slightly square with rounded edges, these rings catch the light in a way that other cuts cannot. As the designs fluctuate so much, we recommend that you try a few out and see which ones appeal most to you before making your final decision. We have princess cut rings with brilliant clarity and up to four or more carats.3.61ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Emerald Cut Rings

If you’re a fan of classic Hollywood films, you might appreciate the look of emerald cut rings. We take your favorite diamonds, cut the stones in the same way we would emeralds and polish the edges for a fantastic shine. Adding extra diamonds and wrapping those stones with a white gold band creates the type of ring that Hollywood royalty like Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor once wore.5.37ct Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Antique Cut Rings

Couples who enjoy the look and elegance of classic jewelry will love the style of antique cut rings. These rings look very similar to the ones produced by major designers in the 1940s and earlier, but the rings have all the modern brilliance and shine that shoppers come to expect from us. Some of the antique cut diamonds we carry include European round cut diamonds, antique cushion brilliants, which are also known as old mine brilliants. These look amazing in modern rings crafted with a vintage feel.

2.20ct Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

For something that has a classy yet slightly different appearance, take a look at our colored diamonds. Whether you select a ring with a classic clear diamond in its center or a ring with a yellow, brown or even pink diamond, you will be investing in something spectacular that both you and your future spouse will love showing off to others.

Romantic Antique Cut Diamond Rings

Posted on March 22nd, 2015

Treasured for their vintage look and rarity, antique cut diamond rings are produced today using technology to create the facet patterns used in eras past. Antique cut diamond rings are fashioned from one of four standard antique cuts: Single Cut, Rose Cut, Old Mine Cut and the Old European Cut.  Mark Broumand carries a beautiful selection of old European cuts, Old Mine cuts and antique cushion cuts,  which were evolutionary modifications of the four benchmark antiques.

Antique Old Mine Cut Diamond | Mark BroumandThe Old Mine Cut, has gently rounded corners and a quadrilateral girdle. The table on this cut is small and the culet is large and flat. This diamond cut is heavy on the crown and the bottom. This stone has 58 “chunky” looking facets and was prevalent during the Georgian and Victorian eras. Many of these diamonds followed the rough octahedral shape and cutting techniques available at the time resulted in a square or rectangular stones that were often not uniform.  The antique cushion cut followed the form of the old mine, with slight variations.

1.55ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 2.09ct Old Mine Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Antique Old European Diamond | Mark BroumandThe predecessor to the modern Round Brilliant, the Old European cut returned to a circular girdle on a 58-facet stone. The table was small with a substantial crown and great overall depth for the time. The pavilion facets were much more uniform than the Old Mine Cut. The light dispersion in this diamond cut radiated back off the culet more evenly. This gave the Old European quite a sparkle for diamond cuts of the time period. This cut was prevalent from the 1800s until the  Art Deco Period.

3.40ct Antique European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 2.41ct Antique European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Mark Broumand captures the beauty of these vintage style stones in the antique cut diamond rings he has selected or hand crafted. It is important to note that these beauties cannot be compared to today’s diamond standards, since the antiques are truly a different cut than moderns.  These stones capture the character and beauty of times past when diamonds were cut to be viewed by candlelight.  If you feel that the contemporary diamonds are more your style, Mark also has an extensive selection of modern round cut diamond rings and brilliant and fiery cushion cut engagement rings in his selection.

Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on March 9th, 2015

Antique cushion cut diamond engagement rings were preceded by the Old Mine Cut of the 1800s, which was a squared cut with round corners.  The shape of this rich and warm stone resembles the shape of a pillow and like pillows, you will find differences in cushion cuts as well.  Many are mostly square shaped with gently rounded corners while others may be mostly curved around a squarish shape.

Antique cushion cut diamonds possess these characteristics which differ from modern cushions:

♦ A deeper crown
♦ Smaller table
♦ Larger culet
♦ Larger facets
♦ Warmer color
♦ Cut and polished by hand
♦ Warmer inner fire and light dispersion


Antique Cushion Cuts

Antique cushion cuts were developed when diamonds were cut by candlelight. The larger facets were cut to maximize light refraction, inner fire and scintillation of  a diamond when viewed by candlelight.   This was a very deep cut with large facets, a high crown, small table (flat, top facet of a diamond).

2.43ct Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

2.43ct Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe stunner in this halo engagement ring setting is a 1.58ct antique cushion brilliant. It is GIA certified at F-VS1, which means it is exceptionally white, perfectly clear and it has a tremendously beautiful cut. It is bezel set with a row of round brilliant cut diamonds pave set around it and down the sides of this platinum handmade engagement ring. The center connectors are studded with round diamonds in a pave setting and lead down to a single larger round diamond, which is bezel set at the base.


2.20ct Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

2.20ct Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe exquisite 1.50ct cushion cut set in the center is GIA certified at H-VS1, white and completely eye clean. The faceting on this one and a half carat center stone is amazing giving the diamond phenomenal fire. The unique diamond is set in a split shank platinum setting. There is a halo of micropavé set round diamonds around the center stone and a split shank coming off the halo meeting in a single band of micropavé diamonds.


Antique Cushion Brilliants

The brilliance of antique cut cushion cut diamonds is different than that of modern day round brilliant cuts.  The addition of more facets on the pavilion can create more brilliance in this diamond.

1.92ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring

1.92ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe 1.22ct antique cushion poised in the center is GIA certified at F-SI1. It is exceptionally white, eye clean and immensely brilliant! The pave set halo accents it beautifully with the milgrain detail around it. The sides feature diamonds set in a micropavé setting and the unique center basket features three round diamonds, bezel set on two sides with filigree detail in between.


2.13ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring

2.13ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe 1.23ct antique cushion brilliant set in the center is GIA certified at J-VS1. It faces up white, it is very clear and the cut is spectacular! It is accented by a halo of round diamonds in a pave setting as well as round diamonds set down the shank in a pave setting as well. The front and back of the ring features a gorgeous design, both in white gold and rose gold. It is studded with round diamonds as well.

For whom is the antique cushion cut diamond engagement ring ideal?

• Fans of antique or vintage jewelry

• A bride-to-be that appreciates the tall profile of this diamond cut

• Those who desire slower light scintillation and larger facets in a vintage ring setting

Modern technology is used to recreate the cutting techniques and facet patterns to recapture the vintage style of the Antique Cushion Cut Diamond engagement rings in Mark Broumand’s collection.  To get a similar look in a round diamond, view the rich and bold antique European round cut diamond engagement ring.