The marquise diamond is a modified brilliant cut with a distinct oblong shape. The name originated from an 18th century French marquise who inspired King Louis XV to request a diamond in the shape of her mouth. Keep the following in mind when shopping for a marquise cut engagement ring.
Marquise diamonds are also often referred to as navette diamonds. Navette is French for “little ship” and the diamond’s shape resembles the hull of a ship. What really draws the eye to a marquise diamond is the large surface area. Marquise diamonds can have a smaller carat weight and still appear distinct in size. A marquise cut engagement rings also has the added benefit of making the finger appear more slender.
One issue that you may come across when shopping for a marquise engagement ring is what is called the “bowtie effect.” Due to the cut of the diamond, a dark space resembling a bowtie can appear across the center of the stone. It is important to check for a visible bowtie since this effect will undermine the appearance of the diamond. Another way to make sure the diamond has a beautiful sparkle is to choose a stone with a color rating of at least G or H and S1 or S2 for clarity.
Girdle thickness is also a vital part of the buying process when searching for marquise engagement rings. The shape makes marquise stones more fragile than other cuts. A thicker girdle makes a big difference in protecting the diamond from chips.
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