15 Exquisite Cushion-Cut Engagement Rings

From timeless to modern, this famous cut stuns in any setting

Bride holding bouquet wearing cushion-cut diamond engagement ring

Photo by Vic Boncivini Photography

There's more than one reason why cushion-cut diamond engagement rings are so popular. The unique shape and rounded corners of cushion-cut stones increase the facet size, meaning they give off an elegant and sophisticated sparkle. Classic and versatile, these stones look just as good solitaire as they do in a halo or three-stone setting. Plus, no two cushion-cut diamonds are exactly the same: Some rocks are a bit rounder, others tend to look more like a square, and some can even come in an oval shape.

Though they've been around for centuries, cushion-cut diamond engagement rings have recently soared back into the hearts of newly engaged women—Kim Kardashian’s stunning 15-carat cushion-cut diamond on a thin diamond pavé band from Kanye West may have spurred this resurgence.

What Is the Cushion Cut?

The cushion cut is defined by its rounded corners and 58 brilliant-style facets that resemble a pillow shape. They have been favored by brides-to-be since the 19th century.

Cushion Cut Engagement Rings
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History of the Cushion Cut

The cushion-cut diamond is one of the most classic and recognizable diamond shapes to date. Originating in the 18th century, this cut was once known as the "mine cut" after the Brazilian miners who cut their diamonds by hand. The cushion cut was extremely popular in the 19th century, when most gemstones, not just diamonds, were cut in this manner. (The famous "Tiffany diamond" is actually cushion-cut!)

Due to its popularity during a former era, this diamond cut is often regarded as antique and speaks to old-world style. However, it's been refined. Many modern cushion-cut diamonds actually include 64 facets instead of the original 58, and they can be cut in a variety of ways.

What to Look for in a Cushion-Cut Diamond

As with any diamond, you should look for quality. Clean cuts and clarity, as well as any authenticity certifications, are of utmost importance. Cushion-cut diamonds, however, are unique in a few ways. Due to the way they're cut, these diamonds give off a softer glow than other styles, so if you want a shinier look, go for more facets. Symmetry is also important—make sure the four corners are identical as possible.

If you're an alternative bride seeking a unique engagement ring, opt for a yellow, pink, or blue cushion-cut diamond. This cut naturally holds color better than others, and its vibrancy won't diminish over time.

Since it is an older style, cushion-cuts are perfect for vintage-inspired settings (which have become really popular lately), but they easily look right at home in more contemporary settings like east-west, two-stone, and double-band. The rounded edges make this style a softer one, so while it looks great in platinum or white gold, it can just as easily shine in a romantic rose gold setting or mixed-metal ring.

Ahead, scroll through 15 of the prettiest cushion-cut engagement rings on the market.

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A.JAFFE Classic Crossover Cushion Engagement Ring

Cushion-cut diamond on a white gold pave diamond setting

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A true sparkler, this ring features a split shank with pavé diamonds and a crossover cushion-cut center stone. The band is available in 18k yellow, white, and rose gold or platinum.

SHOP NOW: A.JAFFE, from $1,980

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Diamond Nexus Marseille Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

Cushion-cut diamond in bezel setting on a simple gold band

Courtesy of Diamond Nexus

This simply modern engagement ring features a bezel-set, cushion-cut diamond in your choice of weight ranging from 0.84 to 2.04 carats. Stay classic with a 14k yellow or white gold band, or choose rose gold for an even more contemporary touch.

SHOP NOW: Diamond Nexus, from $1,500

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Brilliant Earth Vintage-Style Halo Diamond Ring

Cushion-cut stone surrounded by diamonds on white gold band with diamond pave

Courtesy of Brilliant Earth

This glimmering engagement ring features a cushion-cut center stone set in a diamond halo and diamonds along the tapering shoulders and gallery. The white gold engraved band is lined with milgrain for an extra touch of detail.

SHOP NOW: Brilliant Earth, Price Upon Request

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Vrai The Signature Engagement Ring

Cushion-cut solitaire diamond ring prong-set on white gold band

Courtesy of Vrai

This timeless solitaire engagement ring features a prong-set cushion-cut diamond on a simple 18k white gold band. This ring is fully customizable, so you can choose a yellow gold, rose gold, or platinum band instead. It's designed to sit low on the finger and draw in light for a brilliant sparkle.

SHOP NOW: Vrai, from $1,968

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Charles & Colvard Multi Row Pavé Engagement Ring

Cushion cut diamond prong set in multi row diamond pave white gold band

Courtesy of Charles & Colvard

This stunning solitaire engagement ring features a two-carat, lab-grown, cushion-cut diamond that's prong-set on an 18k white gold band with rows of sparkling pavé stone detailing. It's also available in yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum.

SHOP NOW: Charles & Colvard, $6,769

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Mark Broumand 1.54-Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Prong-set cushion-cut diamond in engraved rose gold setting

Courtesy of Mark Broumand

Delicate hand-engraved details adorn this unique 18k rose gold setting with a solitaire cushion-cut center diamond. The ceiling of the band features lovely filigree and a bezel-set round diamond on either side.

SHOP NOW: 1stdibs, $8,395

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Tacori Sculpted Crescent Engagement Ring in Platinum

Cushion-cut diamond on platinum band with marquis-shaped diamond designs

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This cushion-cut diamond rests in an airy and open setting with a diamond-adorned ceiling, while the platinum band—also available in yellow, white, and rose gold—boasts marquise-shaped diamond designs.

SHOP NOW: Tacori, from $1,990

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Bario Neal Avens Asymmetrical Diamond Cushion with Champagne Ombré Ring

Cushion-cut diamond in yellow gold with multicolored diamond clusters on the side

Courtesy of Bario Neal

For the unique bride, there's this cushion-cut diamond asymmetrically set in 14k gold with ombré-effect diamonds on either side. The center stone is available in .5, .75, and 1-carat weights, while the band also comes in rose gold, white gold, and platinum, with the choice of a matte or shiny finish.

SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, $3,331

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Vera Wang Love Collection 1.25-Carat Cushion-Cut Diamond Frame Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold With Black Rhodium

Cushion-cut Cushion-Cut Diamond Frame Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold with Black Rhodium
Courtesy of Zales

For the bride who craves a glamorous three-stone look, there's this cushion-cut engagement ring set in 14k white gold with a black rhodium plate. Each of the three stones features a diamond halo with additional diamonds lining the shank. For an extra romantic touch, the gallery features two princess-cut sapphires symbolizing faithfulness and everlasting love.

SHOP NOW: Zales, $4,499.99

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Tiffany Novo® Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring with a Pavé Diamond Platinum Band

Yellow cushion-cut diamond in prong setting on diamond pave platinum band

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Since cushion cuts hold color well, a yellow diamond is a perfect pick. This gorgeous cushion-cut diamond is prong-set on a platinum band with micro pavé-set diamonds for a glamorous yet modern look.

SHOP NOW: Tiffany & Co., Price Upon Request

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Ritani East To West Halo Diamond 'V Band' Engagement Ring

East-west cushion cut engagement ring with diamond halo and V-shaped band with pave setting

Courtesy of Ritani

This unique east-to-west cushion-cut diamond with a sparkling halo is set in a modern V-shaped diamond pavé band. You can choose your own diamond based on weight and customize the metal type and color of the band.

SHOP NOW: Ritani, $1,575 from $2,100

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Gillian Conroy Cushion White Rose-Cut Diamond & Yellow Gold Bezel Ring

Cushion-cut white diamond bezel-set in yellow gold

Courtesy of Gillian Conroy

For the minimalist bride seeking vintage charm, this cushion-cut white diamond is bezel-set in a simple yellow gold band. The band is also available in rose gold, white gold, and platinum, and you can choose from a matte or a high-shine finish.

SHOP NOW: Gillian Conroy, $5,450

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Ashley Zhang Collet Engagement Ring

Cushion-cut diamond in platinum Georgian collet setting with yellow gold band

Courtesy of Ashley Zhang

This unique engagement ring features a mixed-metal setting for the unconventional bride. The 1-carat cushion-cut diamond shines in a platinum Georgian collet setting, while the yellow gold band provides a lovely contrast. You can customize your look by choosing a rose or white gold band instead.

SHOP NOW: Ashley Zhang, from $7,800

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Rebecca Overmann Light Grey Cushion Totem Ring

Light gray cushion cut diamond with two white diamond trillions on either side in yellow gold setting

Courtesy of Rebecca Overmann 

For the bride seeking an alternative to the white diamond, this engagement ring features a light gray cushion-cut stone, bezel-set in yellow gold with two brilliant white trillion diamond accents.

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Overmann, $6,805

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Abby Sparks Jewelry The Kristi Three Stone Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Cushion-cut diamond with two sapphires on filigree band

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This three-stone engagement ring combines the best of both worlds with a sparkling white cushion-cut center stone and two deep blue sapphires. The ornate band features filigree details for an ornate and vintage feel.

SHOP NOW: Abby Sparks Jewelry, from $27,000

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