The marquise diamond is a brilliant-cut diamond named after the Marquise of Pompadour. Allegedly, King Louis XIV of France had a diamond designed to resemble her perfectly shaped mouth. The result is the marquise diamond. Because of their unique shape, the marquise diamond has one of the largest crown surfaces, carat for carat, of any other shaped diamond. Also, because of its shape, it can make the finger of the wearer appear longer and slimmer, much like the oval cut diamond.
Marquise diamonds can suffer from the undesired bow-tie effect, a dark area found near the center of the diamond. Yet there are times when this bow-tie effect is nearly invisible. You cannot determine the severity of the bow-tie effect though a diamond certificate or dimensions. It must be examined to determine the level of severity of the bow-tie effect.
When it comes to choosing a marquise diamond engagement ring or anniversary ring, you must pay special attention to symmetry. It's important that symmetry is found in all areas of the diamond. The two ends should align with one another, while the right and left sides should mirror each other. The slightest of misalignments can negatively affect the final appearance of the stone once it is set.
The pointed ends of diamonds are the weakest points, which is why the marquise diamond should always be set with prongs protecting both ends.
Because of its large crown surface, the marquise diamond is ideal for anyone trying to maximize the perceived size of a diamond. Also, depending on the length-to-width ration chosen, the marquise can provide a slimming effect to the finger of the wearer of the stone.
At Mark Broumand, we offer a large variety of designs and settings for our marquise cut diamond engagement and anniversary rings. We can also customize any ring to match your specific taste.
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