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15 Best Cushion Cut Engagement Rings Under $2,500

Diamond engagement rings make a lasting impression when presented to a loved one. Although they can cost thousands of dollars, you do not have to overspend to get an outstanding ring. We have curated a list of the top 15 cushion cut diamond engagement rings with a price tag of $2,500 or less.  

What to Expect

If you are shopping for a cushion cut diamond engagement ring and have a budget of $2,500, you can expect to see rings with a center stone of about 1 carat or less with simple settings in white, yellow, and rose gold or platinum. Aim to find a center stone with a clarity rating of SI2 or better.

Our Top Pick

Cushion-Cut Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

1.00 carat Cushion cut Pave engagement ring IN 14K Rose Gold James Allen
Finds this Ring at James Allen1.00 carat Cushion cut Pave engagement ring IN 14K Rose Gold © James Allen

This 14K rose gold petite pavé flush fit engagement ring from James Allen features a unique design with V-shaped prongs set into the ring’s continuous shank. The ring’s bands feature delicate French Pavé diamonds, and the 1.00-carat cushion cut diamond has a K color rating, a VS2 clarity rating, and Very Good ratings across Cut, Polish, and Symmetry. If you can add about $500 to your budget, you can get a center stone with a better cut. We also love this ring because it will be easy to match the wedding band.

2. Cushion Modified Cut Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

1.22 carat Cushion Modified cut Solitaire engagement ring IN 14K White Gold
Find this Ring at James Allen1.22 carat Cushion Modified cut Solitaire engagement ring IN 14K White Gold © 2020 James Allen

This beautiful ring features a traditional four-pronged solitaire setting design set in 14K white gold. It comes with a 1.22-carat cushion modified cut center diamond with J color and I1 clarity rating. The stone’s cut, symmetry, and polish are rated Good. This ring gives you a slightly bigger stone for a reduced clarity rating (this stone is I1 – read this article to see what that means). You should decide whether that is a trade-off you want to make.

3. Cushion Modified Cut Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring

0.50 carat Cushion Modified cut Vintage engagement ring IN Platinum
Find this Ring at James Allen0.50 carat Cushion Modified cut Vintage engagement ring IN Platinum © James Allen

This platinum-set piece features an elegant and feminine setting design with intricate scroll arches beneath the shoulders. Each shank has a single row of pavé cut diamonds. The ring comes with a 0.50-carat cushion modified diamond rated D for color and IF for clarity. In contrast to the ring above, this ring features a much smaller diamond, but it has outstanding color and clarity.

4. Cushion-Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Engagement Ring Total carat weight: 0.73 0.61 carat Cushion cut Halo engagement ring IN 14K White Gold James Allen
Find this Ring at James AllenEngagement Ring Total carat weight: 0.73 0.61 carat Cushion cut Halo engagement ring IN 14K White Gold © James Allen

Have you considered yellow diamonds? We can’t get enough of the sleek 14K white gold band that underscores the gorgeous 0.61 carat fancy intense yellow centerpiece diamond set within an array of white halo diamonds. This cushion-cut SI2 clarity centerpiece diamond, rated Excellent for Polish and Very Good for Symmetry, accentuates this piece’s uniqueness.

5. Cushion Modified Cut Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

1.01 carat Cushion Modified cut Pave engagement ring IN 14K White Gold James Allen
Find this Ring at James Allen1.01 carat Cushion Modified cut Pave engagement ring IN 14K White Gold © James Allen

Infinity design engagement rings are a timeless classic, and this ring is no different. Featuring lustrous intertwining bands, the design includes pavé set diamonds in one strand to add to its appeal. At the center of the ring is a 1.01-carat cushion modified diamond rated K and SI2 for color and clarity, respectively.

 6. Cushion-Cut Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring

0.70 carat Cushion cut Vintage engagement ring IN 14K White Gold James Allen
Find this Ring at James Allen0.70 carat Cushion cut Vintage engagement ring IN 14K White Gold © James Allen

This ring features a beautiful vintage infinity design accentuated by delicate milgrain and bead detailing. The 14K white gold engagement ring comes with a 0.70-carat cushion diamond rated G for color and VS2 for clarity. The center stone sits within unique V-shaped prongs set on the ring’s continuous band. This ring is an outstanding value for the money.

7. Cushion Modified Cut Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Cushion Modified cut Three Stone engagement ring IN 14K White Gold James Allen
Find this Ring at James Allen0.70 carat Cushion Modified cut Three Stone engagement ring IN 14K White Gold © James Allen

A sweeping cross-prong design characterizes this gorgeous piece. Set in 14K white gold, the ring’s classic round shape brings out the three-stone design cresting the ring’s crown. Set between the two brilliant side stones is a 0.70-carat cushion diamond rated D for color and I1 for clarity.

8. Cushion-Cut Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

N 14K Yellow Gold James Allen
Find this Ring at James Allen0.90 carat Cushion cut Solitaire engagement ring IN 14K Yellow Gold © James Allen

Petite, comfortable, and exuding understated elegance are the hallmarks of this exquisite diamond engagement ring. The 14K yellow gold 1.5mm comfort fit band accentuates the 14K white gold four-prong diamond basket that houses a solitary 0.90-carat cushion cut diamond with a K color and VVS1 clarity grade.

9. Cushion Modified Cut Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

1.01 carat Cushion Modified cut Pave engagement ring IN 14K White Gold James Allen
Find this Ring at James Allen1.01 carat Cushion Modified cut Pave engagement ring IN 14K White Gold © James Allen

A traditional Cathedral-style crown brings out the dazzling brightness of the 1.01-carat centerpiece diamond with K color and S12 clarity grade. The 14K white gold band is highlighted by a string of petite pavé diamonds lining the shanks’ outer surface, while a continuous bridge enhances the ring’s comfort.  

10. Cushion Modified Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

0.92 carat Cushion Modified cut Halo engagement ring IN 14K Rose Gold
Find this Ring at James Allen0.92 carat Cushion Modified cut Halo engagement ring IN 14K Rose Gold © James Allen

Elegant yet striking in design, this ring has a prominent halo design that circles the 0.92-carat cushion diamond with a ring of pavé set diamonds. The center stone is K color and SI1 clarity grade. The 14K rose gold setting has a unique partial bezel design that supports the crown jewels.

11. Cushion-Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

0.90 carat Cushion cut Halo engagement ring IN 14K White Gold James Allen
Find this Ring at James Allen0.90 carat Cushion cut Halo engagement ring IN 14K White Gold © James Allen

A 0.90-carat cushion diamond with K color and SI2 clarity adorns this lovely 14K white gold beauty and is surrounded by a halo of white pavé cut diamonds. The ring’s bands feature elegant pavé-set stones running one-third round the ring. 

 12. Cushion Modified Cut Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

1.00 carat Cushion Modified cut Solitaire engagement ring IN 18K White Gold James Allen
Find this Ring at James Allen1.00 carat Cushion Modified cut Solitaire engagement ring IN 18K White Gold © James Allen

Set at the apex of this elegant ring is E color, S12 clarity, 1.00-carat cushion diamond grasped by a four-pronged crown. The ring’s setting, made with 18K white gold, features a comfort fit design that maintains a continuous band around the ring, adding to its beautiful yet practical design.

13. Cushion-Cut Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

1.00 carat Cushion cut Solitaire engagement ring IN 14K White Gold James Allen
Finf this Ring at James Allen1.00 carat Cushion cut Solitaire engagement ring in 14K White Gold © James Allen

Thick 14K white gold bands tapering off into a delicate cross-prong crown give this ring a stunning and unique design. The centerpiece diamond is a 1.00-carat cushion diamond with I color and SI1 clarity ratings and is held in place by a bezel band resting within the pronged crown.

14. Cushion Modified Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

0.90 carat Cushion Modified cut Halo engagement ring IN 14K Yellow Gold James Allen
Find this Ring at James Allen0.90 carat Cushion Modified cut Halo engagement ring IN 14K Yellow Gold © James Allen

You get a 0.90 carat J color and VVS2 clarity cushion diamond with this inspired ring. The center diamond sits within pavé halo of small white diamonds set upon a ring of 14K yellow gold. In 14K yellow gold, the ring’s band sweeps all round, giving the ring a sense of poised continuity that culminates in the prominent center stone.

15. Cushion Modified Cut Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

1.00 carat Cushion Modified cut Pave engagement ring IN 14K Rose Gold James Allen
Find this Ring at James Allen1.00 carat Cushion Modified cut Pave engagement ring IN 14K Rose Gold © James Allen

Blending a vintage design with modern aesthetics, this gorgeous ring has a fetching knife-edge pavé diamond band design. Set on top of the uninterrupted band is a lotus flower basket delicately grasping a J Color, SI2 Clarity 1.00 carat diamond center stone.