Most Beautiful Cushion Cut Diamond (1 carat)

Cushion cut diamonds are the diamond of choice for many savvy diamond buyers.

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Due to the form of a diamond, cutting the diamond into a round shape results in some loss of mass. There are plenty of advantages to buying a round diamond, such as being able to buy a diamond that is of a lower color grade without noticing the difference. However not everyone wants to go for a lower color grade.

If you want a higher color grade then princess (which is essentially the square cut), asscher (also called emerald cut), or cushion cut would present a very attractive option. Less diamond has to be chipped away to make these shapes as they are much closer to the original shape of the diamond when it is initially mined. The image seen here is what a natural diamond looks like when unearthed. The most frequent process applied is to cut this rough diamond into two. Any final shape that is somewhat square will save more of the diamond from getting cut away. ‘This can often result in a lower cost per carat. The round brilliant shape has the best light performance, but there are a few diamond cutters who manage to make the other shapes also perform extremely well.

Cushion cut diamonds may be sought by people who think that the corners of the princess diamond may be vulnerable to chipping. It is only a very small risk, but some people want to play it safe and therefore choose a cushion cut diamond, or an emerald cut diamond. If you want an emerald/asscher diamond I wrote an article on what to look for in those types of cuts here.

Click image to be taken directly to this diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds website
Click image to be taken directly to this cushion cut diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds website

The Catch of The day is this very fine Cushion cut diamond which you can see performs beautifully.

This cushion cut diamond has been cut by Brian Gavin, one of the world’s finest diamond cutters, and one that never ceases to impress me due to his attention to detail.

The listing includes an ASET image which is even better than a mere photograph as it shows you not only the diamond’s symmetry, but its light performance.


Type Brian Gavin Select
Product ID: 104061059003
Shape: Cushion
Report: AGS
Carat: 1.041
Color: G
Clarity: VS1
Measurements: 6.06 x 0.00 x 4.07
Lab Cut Grade:
Light Performance:
Polish: Excellent
Symmetry: Excellent


Table %: 58.6
Depth %: 67.4
Crown %: 15.7
Crown Angle: 36.9
Star %:
Pav Angle: 42.1
Pavillion %: 47.9
Lower Girdle %:
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Negligible
Girdle Min-Max %:
Girdle: Thin To Slightly Thick Faceted



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Cheat codes: How to get a 1 carat diamond for less than $5000

If you’ve shopped around at the local jewelry stores you’ll know that it is virtually impossible to find a good looking 1 carat diamond for less than $5000. When you include $500 to $1200 for the gold or platinum ring you certainly can’t get a 1 carat diamond ring for $5000. This is why so many people are surprised that this is actually possible when they start looking online for their diamond.

Sometimes you can find a very good deal on a 1 carat diamond it is a fancy cut. This is any shape that is other than a round brilliant.

I found a pear shape diamond today which is very reasonably priced.

Here’s the real secret. I managed to narrow the search to include diamonds with an SI2 clarity grading. I don’t dare do this on any other site because no other site lets us see all the diamonds at such high resolution. Many diamond vendors do post a link to the diamond grading report, which I would have to look at if I couldn’t see an image of the diamond.

If choosing a diamond with an SI1 clarity grade, or lower, we must look closely at the diamond to see if the diamond has any inclusion which hampers its ability to sparkle. JamesAllen has such clear photos of the diamonds they make available through their website that we know exactly what we are getting.

Here is our Catch of the Day:

It is a 1.01 ct Pear cut diamond.

You may be aware that another kind of fancy cut, the Marquise cut diamonds, require a very specific length to breadth ratio for there not to be a bow-tie effect. That’s where the light does not reflect through facets in the middle of the Marquise and cause the middle to show a bow-tie shaped dark patch.

Pear cut diamonds do not suffer from this problem. As a matter of fact there is no preferred ratio for pear cut diamonds. It is a matter of personal preference.

The ratio of this particular diamond actually contains a very eye pleasing ratio.

With a length of 8.18mm, this is exactly 69% longer than the width of 5.65mm.

1.01 Carat G-SI2 Ideal Cut Pear Diamond

When setting the parameters to find a diamond like this I made sure the diamond search would only list diamonds with an Ideal/Excellent cut. GIA reports do not include the cut grade for fancy cuts, however they are still sorted according to cut quality by JamesAllen, fortunately for us.

Shape: 	Pear Carat Weight: 	1.01 Cut: 	Excellent Color: 	G Clarity: 	SI2 Certificate: 	GIA Depth: 	63.0% Table: 	53.0% Polish: 	Very Good Symmetry: 	Very Good Girdle: 		 Culet: 	None Fluorescence: 	None Measurements: 	8.18x5.65x3.56 Ratio: 	1.45

Since $3770 is quite a low price for a 1.01 carat diamond I looked very closely at the grading report.

The majority of the inclusions are on the pavilion side of the diamond (the bottom). This is a good thing as this means they can hardly be seen. One long inclusion, identified as a “feather” on the grading report shows through the top ever so slightly as I point out in this photo:

Feather can be barely seen here in this pear cut diamond

Remember this is a magnified view of the diamond. The entire diamond’s actual size is 8mm long. That feather is going to be nearly impossible to see, if not completely impossible to see in reality without a loupe.

Anyway, that’s my catch of the day for today. It has a lot of things going for it. The color is “G”, which is great, far enough removed from the minimum acceptable color for fancies, which would be an “I” color.

I’ve just been looking at diamonds, real diamonds, that is, not diamonds on the computer screen, and I can tell you that even though lots of people go for the lowest color grade they can get away with (J for round cut, and I for fancy cut) in order to get a bigger diamond, the higher color grades are just unbelievably beautiful. You’ll be very happy you got this “G” diamond.

This one is a great choice. It is going to look fantastic on some lucky girl’s finger. There’s only one of these, so if you think it’s the one, grab it.

Here it is:

Where Can We Find A Nice One Carat Diamond Under US$5000?

This year may be one of the last years we see such good prices on one carat diamonds. The competition is fierce and online retailers are doing all they can to get our attention. They know it’s just one click and you’re gone, so they have to really deliver the goods.

On the other hand we aren’t just going to go any buy from anyone that says they are the best if they actually provide inferior product. This is why I’ve established this site to shortlist 10 diamond vendor sites which have established good reputations. A quiet achiever is Diamonds-USA. Having been online since 1997 they certainly know what an online shopper wants: variety and good prices.

My 18 year old son was listing some stuff on eBay for the first time and was concerned with his stuff not selling. I told him: “The only thing that matters is price. If you are just $1 cheaper it could make the difference between a sale and no sale. Unless you can show them that you offer something extraordinary. If you are priced beyond people’s expectations then you have to demonstrate exactly why this is.”

And this is what I keep in mind when looking for diamond bargains. The relationship between Price and Service. So this brings me to today’s Catch of The Day.

Diamonds-USA have high quality diamonds, and a wide variety of ring designs to choose from. They are knowledgeable, which is extremely important. It may seem like something you’d expect everyone to be if they are in the diam ond business. But every company has to empoy people and they have to determine how to train their staff and they have to make sure their staff is up to the job. Diamonds-USA staff are definitely experts.

They are not a broker, they are a real jeweler. They have a workshop where the diamonds are set into the rings.

Why is this an advantage?

Primarily because it will be faster to deal with them in case there is a need to resize the ring.

So, on to our Catch Of The Day.

We have a fantastic 1.06 carat diamond here

Looking over the EGL certificate (grading report) it is definitely a B-E-A-Utiful stone!

It’s got all high marks in Cut, Clarity, and Color*!


1.06 carats, Round Diamond, with Ideal Cut, G Color, VS1 Clarity, and certified by EGL

gift box which this rings comes in.

Diamonds-USA include a nice leather jewelry box, and you can receive the diamond BEFORE you pay! They give you 10 days in which to inspect the diamond without you paying for it. And only after that 10 days have elapsed will they charge your card. They may not offer as long a return period, but they do have this very attractive offer of paying after you receive the goods.

We have to give this diamond our No Regrets Stamp of Approval as we can’t find any fault with it. Still can’t figure out why it isn’t more expensive. I guess whoever’s first will get a bargain!

stamp of approval







*EGL diamonds are graded on a different scale to GIA diamonds. You can only compare EGL diamonds to other EGL diamonds in regard to color, not to other GIA graded diamonds. The two labs use a different set of parameters to grade the color.

Hearts and Arrows Diamonds

Hearts and Arrows diamonds are not only loved because they have a lovely name. They are awesome because they even better than Ideal cuts: they are Superideal cuts. They are in a class of their own in regards to perfection and symmetry. When a diamond is cut in order to achieve this effect all the facets align perfectly. This is one of the things that makes it a Hearts and Arrows diamond.

The name “Hearts and Arrows” is not patented or trademarked so it is possible for anyone to claim they sell Hearts and Arrows. The serious players in this market have registered a trademark with a variation on the name Hearts and Arrows to show that they mean business when it comes to presenting and marketing this spectacular effect. These are generally the real deal when it comes to buying true Hearts and Arrows diamonds.

James Allen has registered the trademark True HeartsTM.

Though we don’t need to rely only on their having registered a trademark in order to be assured we are getting a quality diamond. We can simply view their product.

If we bring up their page on Hearts and Arrows we can see that they truly are superideal cuts.

This one in particular stood out to me as representing incredible precision and beauty, and I determine this to be our Catch Of The Day:

Hearts and Arrows Diamond

Combine that True Hearts diamond with one of these great settings and you have got yourself a winning combination.

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A Fantastic 1.02 ct Marquise Diamond

Any shape that is not a “round brilliant” falls into the category of “Fancy Cut”.

Today we are exploring our options when it comes to buying a marquise diamond.

These stones are often chosen to be worn by women with long slender fingers. The Marquise is one that is more likely to be chosen by someone who has actually tried one on and felt that it suits them.

The nice thing is that it is 10 mm across, whereas a round diamond of the same weight (1 ct) is only 6.5 mm across. This shape looks pretty and feminine with a decent visibility factor.

Light, when reflected and dispersed in a diamond behaves in a predictable manner. So we know what proportions give us a beautiful stone. The hypnotic qualities of a diamond have to be seen in real life to be truly appreciated. Buying online does not give us this opportunity so we turn to the mathematics of diamond proportions to select the finest stone. I suspect that people shopping online will take much more time when choosing a diamond.

This marquise diamond has been selected by me to be our Catch Of The Day, as it has all the qualities required to receive our “No Regrets” stamp of approval.

We chose it because it is sufficiently high on the scale in regards to color (colorlessness actually), being a G will help it to shine B-E-A-U-tifully. The cut is Very Good, always important, and the table is 61% which is a very good thing. Faint fluorescence is nothing to worry about. There is a tiny, tiny chance (2 in 100,000) that the fluorescence may reduce the diamond’s brilliance a little. Blue Nile offer a generous 30 day return policy, so do look closely at the diamond when you get it, before the 30 days expire. But really it is highly unlikely you’ll want to return this diamond. This one’s a keeper.


Price: $5,668
Carat weight: 1.02
Cut: Very Good
Color: H
Clarity: VVS1
Depth %: 59.0%
Table %: 61%
Polish: Very Good
Symmetry: Very Good
Girdle: Thin to Very Thick
Culet: None
Fluorescence: Faint
Measurements: 10.76 x 5.24 x 3.09 mm
Length/width ratio: 2.05

stamp of approval

If we want something real perfect: Here is the perfect diamond.

1.01 carats, Round Diamond, with Very Good Cut, G Color, VVS1 Clarity, and certified by GIA


For some reason today it took me  a while to find something to post for our Catch Of The Day. The diamond that stood out to me was one I finally found at Diamonds-USA. These guys offer an unusual deal in that they let you receive the diamond before you pay for it.

This diamond is graded as VVS1, and I downloaded the Grading Report from GIA (see it here: )

After looking at dozens of grading reports today I noticed something unusual about this one: it’s a nearly perfect diamond.

As you can see in this screen shot of the grading report the close up on the right is the bottom of the diamond (the pavilion) and that’s where the only inclusion is, which is a pinpoint, so this is practically a perfect diamond:

Being a “G” it is perfect for not only engagement rings but this is a popular choice for anniversary rings or three stone rings.

Here is the link to it: