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How to Care for Your Cushion Cut Gemstones to Ensure Longevity

The cushion cut is known for its rectangular shape and its softened edges. It is a very delicate cut that requires a good amount of care to maintain its charm and ensure you have a stunning stone to last you a lifetime. This guide seeks to explore important tips and techniques of care for your cushion cut gemstone to ensure its lasting allure.

The history of the cushion cut

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The cushion cut is referred to as such because of its rounded corners, resembling a pillow or a cushion. This cut has such a rich history. It dates all the way back to the 19th century when it was then called the “old mine cut”. Around this time, cutters chose to handcraft cushion cut gems with quite large facets to maximize their brilliance. Around the 1700s, it was the most common cut until the late 19th century. As advanced as gemstone cutting techniques have become, it has still remained a popular choice for the standard jewelry enthusiast partly due to its resurgence during the Art Deco era. It has cemented its status as a staple in gemstone cutting and design due to its versatility making it such a favorite among connoisseurs. 

Cleaning Techniques for Cushion Cut Gemstones

Cleaning your gemstones regularly is absolutely mandatory to maintain their sparkle and brilliance. Starting by filling a bowl with warm water and mild detergent solution. Immerse the gemstones in the soapy water and allow them to soak for some minutes. You then use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the stone. Pay attention to areas in the settings where dirt may be trapped or gathered. Rinse the stone thoroughly with clean water and pat dry with a soft cloth.

Protective Measures for Cushion Cut Gemstones

After cleaning your gemstone, it is important to handle it carefully to avoid damage and cushion cut gemstones especially require very careful handling. For one, do not wear your cushion cut jewelry during really physical activities like manual labor as this could potentially expose them to harm. Also, have your cushion cut jewelry inspected and re-polished often to restore its brilliance. If you own multiple pieces of jewelry, invest in secure storage such as a jewelry box that has multiple compartments to protect it from dents, scratches, and other forms of damage.

Professional Maintenance for Cushion Cut Gemstones

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In addition to protective measures, professional maintenance is required to maintain the appearance of your cushion gemstone. A professional and reputable jeweler can identify issues with your jewelry that you may not notice such as damaged facets or loose settings. They will also be able to fix these issues before they exacerbate. So, regularly schedule inspections to ensure your stones remain in proper condition.

Preventative Care to Ensure Durability

Be very mindful of how you wear your cushion cut jewelry. Take more preventative measures to protect them from getting damaged. Avoid activities that are physical when wearing your jewelry, activities such as swimming, cooking, and menial labor. Also, store your jewelry in a cool place, preferably in a jewelry box away from sunlight to prevent discoloration.

Routine Inspection and Maintenance

Your cushion cut gemstone is an investment and it is important to protect it so it last you a lifetime. From time to time, inspect your gemstone for signs of wear and tear. Check for scratches, dents or loose settings that need attention. Then, take the jewelry for inspection and maintenance. Additionally, cleaning your cushion cut stone regularly also will prevent the accumulation of dirt and dulling its sparkle. 

Proper Storage Practices for Cushion Cut Stones

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To preserve the beauty and integrity of your gemstone, store it properly. Do not store your gemstone with other jewelry pieces that may damage them by scratching. When not in use, keep them in a secure location such as a safe or a lockbox to protect them from loss or theft. Also, make sure the box is lined with velvet or a soft satin to prevent a scratch or an abrasion. Caring for your cushion cut takes a lot of diligence and attention to detail, but it is worth it to ensure their lasting allure. If you follow these tips, you can keep your cushion cut gemstone jewelry for a long time in great condition, & with Saratti's Unbeatable Lifetime Warranty Package, make assurance double sure!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Caring for Cushion Cut Gemstones

For optimum sparkle and brilliance, it is highly recommended to clean your gemstones every 1-2 weeks although this depends on how frequently your jewelry and its exposure to dirt and grease.

If the gemstone appears dull or dirty, definitely clean it more frequently.

As earlier indicated, some cushion cut gemstones can be quite fragile. Ultrasonic cleaners are very effective but they are suitable for some types of jewelry.

Ultrasonic cleaners generate intense vibrations and this can cause some damage to (due to the delicateness of) some cushion cut gemstones.

We recommend you stay on the cautious side and use the more fool-proof methods such as water and mild detergent, depending on the gemstone in question.

The best way to do that is to store them properly once they are not being worn. This requires using for example, a soft pouch or a jewelry box lined with velvet to prevent them from being in contact with other pieces that could scratch them. 

Invest in a travel jewelry case. These normally have individual compartments and that protects your cushion-cut gemstone jewelry from damage during transit.

You should avoid packing your jewelry with your checked luggage and keep it in your carry-on bag to reduce the risk of theft or damage. 


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