Buying marquise cut diamond? What you need to know about marquise cut diamond rings before you buy diamonds of marquise cut.
What distinguishes the marquise cut is the line of elegance that runs up and down your finger. Slender and striking, marquise cut diamond rings are designer favorites. The typical cut contains 56 facets. Back in the 1960s and all the way to the 1980s, marquise cut diamonds were especially popular cuts of the times.
This shape is also called the ‘Navette’ shape. It looks like a stretched long oval – the optimal ratio of its dimensions is as follows: the length should ideally be two times the width.
Marquise cut diamond
Significant skill is needed to ensure that the marquise is well proportioned. Even the unaided eye would be able to see the ‘bow-tie effect’ in a poor Marquise cut. In the hands of a skilled metalsmith, the marquise cut diamond best maximizes carat weight; he can cut a larger table spread for the same carat weight than with the traditional cuts.
Tidbit: where did the name ‘marquise’ come from?
In the legend of the Marquise of Pompadour, the Sun King demanded that a diamond be polished into the shape of the mouth of the Marquise – therefore the diamond marquise cut!