Cushion-Cut Craze Goes Courtside

Maria Sharapova’s diamond engagement ring photos are making the rounds this week, and it looks like we’ve got another cushion-cut cutie on our hands.

 

US Weekly reports the tennis phenom is wearing a 7 or 8-carat cushion-cut stone in a platinum setting with a price tag of approximately $250,000. Her Los Angeles Laker fiance, Sasha Vujacic popped the question in his Manhattan Beach home a while ago, but the ring is making its first appearance in shots like these taken during an afternoon stroll in Los Angeles last Sunday.

 

So why are celebs like Ivanka Trump, Anna Paquin, Alyssa Milano and Ashlee Simpson opting for the cushion-cut over, say, the more popular round-cut diamond engagement ring?

The cushion cut dates back to the 1800s and derived its shape from the fact that back then cutters were not capable of making a perfectly round stone, according to Jewelry.com. 

 

Today, the square shape is marked by a more affordable price point than the traditional and more frequently seen round stones – unless you’re going for a whopper like those seen on Hollywood ring fingers.  Once we’re in the 7-8-carat range, folks, saving money is clearly not on the agenda.

 

I think it’s because the cushion offers more of a vintage-y feel over the sleek lines of the traditional (read: boring) round stone?

Here are a few of my favorite cushion-cuts here for your browsing pleasure. The good news is: You don’t have to walk down the aisle to wear one – and they come in a variety of stone variations outside of the diamond category.

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