Marquise Cut Diamond

The beautiful appearance of the Marquise diamond has captivated many. This is a shape that offers many benefits; not only does it optimize carat weight but it elongates the finger too. It probably does not come of a surprise that this ring can be traced back to the Royal family, as it has a refined and stunning appearance. 

Marquise Cut Diamonds

Marquise Diamond Shape

1. An Introduction

Also known as the Navette Cut, the Marquise diamond is beautiful and perfect if you have a budget. This is because you can afford to go for a smaller diamond, as it optimizes carat weight. It looks stunning on those with slender and long fingers, but it also has a slimming effect and can help to make fingers look longer.

2. Features

Marquise Diamond Shape

Most Marquise diamonds have between 56 and 58 facets, and the perfect length to width ratio is between 1.85 and 2.10. This is another diamond that has a tendency to suffer from the bow tie effect. This is when a shadow is cast across the diamond face. This is why it is important to go for a high cut grading; if it is too shallow or too deep, the light will pass through. 

3. Buying Advice

There is a lot to consider when buying a Marquise diamond. In terms of setting, the best thing to go for is a six-prong setting, one whereby there is a prong at the bottom, another at the top, and two prongs at both sides. You should go for a fairly high grading despite the fact this diamond can hide inclusions and colour tints to a certain degree. Moreover, as mentioned, carat weight is optimized and thus when compared to other diamond shapes of the same weight, the Marquise Cut appears bigger.



Tal Cohen - MD The Jewelry Store NYC

4. History

The story of the Marquise Cut is one of true love. King Louise XIV commissioned his jeweler to make this cut during the mid 1700's, as he wanted a diamond that represented the smile of his mistress, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, the Marquise de Pompadour. Since then, the diamond has progressed a lot, and it now offers much more brilliance. 

Where next?

Do you want to buy a Marquise diamond? Search through our inventory online or book a visit to our showroom in New York. 

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