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Your diamond shape is one of the essential style elements of your engagement or wedding ring. It can say a lot about you; round diamonds tend to be a traditional, classic choice, princess cuts are a little more contemporary, and so on.
But your gemstone shape can have an effect on many other aspects of your engagement ring, too, like price, its sparkle factor, and overall design decisions. So we have decided to tell you everything you need to know about certain, not so obvious diamond cuts. Starting with ever so beautiful marquise cut diamond.
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What is a Marquise Diamond?
To put it in layman terms, a marquise diamond is like an opal but elongated and with pointed ends. Also known as ‘navette’ cut, this shape resembles the hull of a ship and has a very long and interesting history. It has between the 56 and 58 facets, and the optimum length to width ratio is 2:1, although there is a wide variety of a proportion around. Although it tends to be shallow cut, marquise diamond stones still show admirable fire and brilliance. Some marquise diamond have French tips, which replace the larger bezel at each pointed end with modified star and girdle facets. This increases the durability of the stone and makes it less likely to chip or become damaged.
The marquise diamond cut originated in the year 1745 when King Louis XV of France commissioned a diamond that resembled the shape of his mistress’s mouth. The term ‘marquise diamond’ is a hereditary rank in between a count and duke. Courtiers wore marquise diamond to display their rank. It was a favorite among French royalty and the higher echelons of society for some time, before making its way into the mainstream in the 19th and 20th centuries. It regularly crops up in vintage pieces, although in recent years, it is making a comeback, and many jewelers are making new marquise diamond engagement rings.
Marquise Diamond Cut Pros and Cons
Because of their elongated oval shape, marquise diamond cuts can sometimes fall victim to the dreaded ‘bow-tie’ shade across the center. This is the hard code sign of an imperfect cut and is to be avoided, especially when it appears especially wide or dark. A small, light bow tie moreover, can sometimes add to the effect of a marquise diamond.
This cut is, however, one of the most flattering around. The pointed ends elongate your fingers and make them appear slimmer, so this is a good choice for all finger types; short and fat or long and thin! Since the cut is a lot bigger than a deep cut stone-like say a traditional round brilliant—a good choice for brides on a budget who want a stone that wows.
With so many facets and such good fire and brilliance, the marquise diamond cur is pretty good at masking imperfections and highlighting color. This means you can now let the cut take prominence of clarity and color – which means that you have two fewer things to worry about when engagement ring shopping. Always a help, right?
Marquise Engagement Diamond Ring Design Tips
The most and best secure setting for a marquise diamond engagement ring is the six-prong setting. With such strong connections to royalty, moreover, there is no use in having a plain old solitaire. This fabulous cut deserves plenty of glamour and glitz! The oblong shape looks best with a thin and delicate band, but that does not mean you can’t add a halo setting or some accent stones to make is worthy of a princess.
A recent trend we have seen among the celebrities, in particular, is to set a marquise diamond center stone horizontally rather than vertically. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Portia De Rossi are two such brides who have chosen this design, and we have to admit, it looks super sophisticated. It also makes your center stone look much, much bigger, which is never a bad thing.
There is nothing like an art deco setting too. Marquise diamond stones with their striking shape are a perfect choice for this outlandish era.
What Else Do You Need to Know?
The cut is the essential thing to look for when selecting a marquise diamond. Look for the perfect symmetry, sharply defined points, and wings that are not too bulged or too flat. The length to width ratio is much more than that of a personal choice.
On a related note, keep in mind that many gemmological laboratories do not include cut grades on their certificates for marquise diamond stones. So if you really want to find a perfectly cut marquise diamond, then make sure that you choose a jeweler with an excellent reputation.
Girdle thickness is an essential aspect for marquise diamond; a thicker girdle means a more durable stone that would not chip or become damaged. Moreover, a girdle that is too thick can affect the sparkle factor. Seek the advice of an expert if you are not sure!
It is less common to find newly made marquise diamond engagement rings. Vintage pieces featuring this stone are commonplace, moreover. It all depends on what you are merely looking for!
Are marquise diamonds more expensive?
Marquise diamond-like other fancy shapes, tend to cost less than round cut diamonds of the same carat weight. Round diamonds have greater rough diamond wastage, whereas marquise diamond uses the long shape of rough diamonds very well.
How much are Marquise diamonds worth?
A 0.50-carat marquise diamond can be acquired in between a price range of $1000 to $2000 depending on the color, cut, and clarity according to your preference.
Are marquise diamonds in style?
Marquise diamond cut is an elongated style with tapering points at both ends; basically, it is an oval with pointed ends. This shape was really popular a few decades ago but is making a comeback as an edgy alternative to the more classic round and princess cuts.
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