True Antique™ Cushion

The most beautiful pillow-shaped diamond with large, stout facets, hypnotizing open culet, and regal pedigree.

The antique cushion cut diamond is a classic and timeless jewel. Its pillow-shaped outline, soft rounded corners, small table, high crown, and large open culet are easily distinguished from other diamond cuts. The GIA classifies the diamond cut as “Old Mine” cut or “Old Miner.” Their traditional pillow-shaped outline conveys the beauty and romantic appeal of a bygone era. In addition, antique cushions were designed to burst alive with intense fire at times when candlelight was still the primary source of indoor illumination.

No other diamond cut can replicate the Antique Cushion’s prized mix of checkered brilliance and extreme dispersion. In addition, antique cushions’ high-contrast faceting mutes the color perception, expanding the number of stones perceived as white.

Antique cushions are extremely rare. At any given moment, there are only a few antique cushions on the market for every thousand modern cushions. Therefore, at any given time there is only a small number of antique cushions available. An antique cushion is the most desirable diamond cut to be used in high-end jewelry.

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Our True Antique™ cushions are a contemporary version of the Old Mine diamonds with perfect symmetry and excellent polish. It is the classic cushion cut that ruled the world until the round brilliant-cut was developed.
The world’s most famous diamonds, including the Hope Diamond, feature the same Old Mine cut as our antique cushions.

An antique cushion diamond always has an open culet.
Most antique cushions have a high crown and a small table.
An antique cushion has large facets, not as thin and stretched as the facets of a modern cushion.

True Antique cushion diamonds and other premium cuts like an Asscher are slightly more expensive than the rest of the fancy shapes but still significantly less expensive than round diamonds.
Cutting antique cushion diamonds requires specialized knowledge, tools, equipment, and techniques because of their extreme difficulty. It takes on average 30% longer to cut an antique cushion diamond. The same piece of rough yields about a 10-15% smaller antique cushion than a modified cushion. Our True Antique cushions are premium stones that command higher prices due to their exceptional beauty, higher production cost, and scarce inventory.

Leon Mege True Antique™ cushion diamonds are newly minted diamonds, not recycled vintage stones or old stones taken out of period jewelry.

True Antique™ cushions are currently produced in New York by an extended family of artisan diamantaires who has preserved the secrets of the antique faceting style through many generations.
Although not blood-related, we are honored to be a part of the family and closely collaborate for several decades to produce and popularize these rare gems.
Our True Antique™ cushions are cut entirely by hand and eye, using the same techniques diamonds were cut hundred of years ago.

Pillow shaped diamonds antique cushionsThey can be both. Our True Antique™ Cushion diamonds are cut in various grades, sizes, and proportions. The type of rough predetermines the shape and the ratio finished stones have.

GIA classifies the great majority of our antique cushions as the Old Mine cut. Some antique cushions cut from a flat rough and, therefore, with depth lower than 60% are certified by the GIA as Cushion brilliants.
According to GIA unfortunate guidelines, the antique cushion is classified as a cushion brilliant when all except one is true:

  • The table is over 53%
  • Slightly large culet
  • Crown angle is over 40°
  • The lower half is 60% or less

This outdated guideline is misleading because antique cushions look dramatically different than cushion brilliants.

Cushion cut comparison modern vs antiqueA proper balance between brilliance and dispersion is the hallmark of every True Antique™ cushion diamond. It is the authentic cushion cut that fits rigorous geometric and optical requirements. Not every antique cushion can pass the rigorous requirements we bestow upon our stones. Antique cushions do not have the dreaded “Crushed Ice” splintered brilliance found in modern cushions.

True Antique™ Cushion Diamonds’ proportions seem to be a perfect match for a halo. The antique cushion’s high crown braced by a micro pave skirt is stunningly beautiful.

True Antique™ cushions are an excellent choice for solitaires or three-stone rings, especially those where the basket is set with pave.
Unlike modern cushion cuts, Antique cushions do not have a bulging pavilion providing ample space for metal to be concealed underneath.
In addition, the shorter prongs block less of the stone’s side view because the girdle they grip is lower.

Leon Mege is the only place to find a complete selection of True Antique™ Cushions.
To see the complete and exclusive inventory of antique cushions, please check the stock list using our dedicated portal at

Leon Mege modern cushion diamond variationsCushion brilliants are round brilliants reshaped into pillow-like cushions. Their faceting arrangement is the same as a round brilliant.

The pavilion facets originate at the culet and extend to the girdle in a star-like fashion. The great majority of cushion brilliants are modern cushions, but they rarely have a “crushed ice” appearance, unlike modified cushions. Cushion brilliant cut is less common and sold at a premium.
The cushion modified cut is essentially a radiant cut with rounded corners: same outline, different faceting.

All modified cushions are grouped as modern cushions known for their excessive brilliance without a contrast that results in a “crushed ice” look. The majority of modified cushions have four protruding bulges on the pavilion that make concealing the metalwork difficult.

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