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Marquise diamond shape

marquise diamondMarquise was the first diamond shape used as a gift. King Louis XIV of France, known as the Sun King, gave gorgeous elongated diamond to his madam. His intention was to emphasize an attractive smile of the Marquise de Pompadour, and so the elegant Marquise shape was born. The story says that the King's strict command ordered that the diamond must be polished so well it could match the wonderful smile of the Marquise. The goal was achieved with a custom-design, prolonged oval diamond with both peaks tapered at the end, inspired by the attractive Marquise's lips.


According to the popularity, Marquise cut diamonds are definitely among the top five shapes of diamond. The former glory was never regained since those diamonds had fallen from the top of the sales charts. Such like the Asscher, traditional shapes look miserable even to naked eye observation if they are cut badly, but leaves some space for important visible benefits. Wide surfaces of stone will make any Marquise shape diamond with less carat weight appear superior and more precious. It's also more affordable than some brilliant cuts so that it could be a good alternative to famous diamond shapes. A brilliant version of a Marquise shaped diamond was created too, it reminiscent of the rugby football ball watched from the side and the diamonds are also called Navette cut.

The diamond's outline seems to be thinner if proportions are higher, generally it ranges from 1.75 up to 2.25. The optimum or more precise ideal ratio is exactly 2:1 where the length is two times the width. No matter how simple a shape appears, Marquise diamonds are tending to create the shimmering experience to the viewer. Shape carries 56 facets of which 33 belong to the upper crown and 25 to the pavilion at a lower part of the diamond. If the diamond's shape isn't thick in the girdle, it's brittle in thin section. Otherwise it makes troubles when mounting a diamond on prongs and isn't showing the actual weight of the stone. French Tip Marquise brilliant cut diamond has changed shape because several facets are removed. The diamond depth ranges 52 to 65%. A bow tie effect often occurs with elongated diamond shapes such like Marquise. The light paradox is manifested as a dark spot around the middle of the shape which is caused by the refraction of light. You can find more information about this negative phenomenon in the section about Oval and Pear shapes.

Sharp, and therefore priceless peaks (or points) of Marquise cut are prone to chipping or in other words very breakable. The sensitive shape should be typically protected by two prong diamonds and another pair of prongs on each side to fortify the diamond on a ring. Diamond engagement rings decorated in this way will have an additional value and royal look. Unlike Oval diamonds that would match with short fingers, Marquise fits perfectly on the long finger and the diamond stone itself seems much bigger, graceful and charming than some regular square shapes. Slim Marquise diamond shape are positioned as the center stone along the finger and embellished with accent gems or baguettes as side stones. This shape is also sufficient for mere independent solitaire settings. Marquise shape diamonds have been exceedingly used for bridal sets.