If you are in the market for a diamond – or think that you will be soon, then this is the blog for you. At Beverly Hills Jewelers, our goal is to educate people on what to look for when selecting a diamond. If you have been keeping up with our blogs, we have explored what cut; color, clarity and carat refer to – as well as the pros and cons of various diamond shapes. In our last blog, we explored the oval cut diamond – in this blog we are going to review a diamond that is similar in shape – just a little different, the marquise shaped diamond.
The marquise shaped diamond is also referred to as the Navette Cut diamond – although that term is far less popular. How this shaped diamond got its name is quite intriguing. History tells us that the Sun King (aka Louis the XIV) wanted a diamond to be cut in a similar shape to how his mistress, Marquise de Pompadour smiled.
The marquise shape diamond is not a newer cut by any standards; it resembles the shape of a football. Marquise shape diamonds’ facets are cut using the “step cut” method. This results in a diamond that is not only bright, but has a great deal of sparkle because of how the facets run both the length and width of the diamond.
One of the many factors that draw women to the marquise shape diamond is the elongated shape. This shape gives the illusion (like the oval shape diamond) of being much larger than it truly is. When comparing the marquise shape diamond with other shapes of the same size, the marquise shape diamond will almost always have a larger crown surface area. Very much like the oval shape diamond, the marquise shape diamond will give the illusion of longer and slimmer fingers because of its elongated shape.
Very similar to the oval shape diamond, the marquise shape diamond also has some degree of a bow-tie effect. The quality of the cut will determine how visible this bow-tie effect can be. The bow-tie effect will range from hardly noticeable to very severe.
If you have any questions on what to look for when considering a marquise shaped diamond, we invite you to come in and visit our store or view our selection online. We would be more than happy to take the time to educate you on what to look for when selecting this type of diamond. We hope to see you soon!