History of the Marquise Cut Diamond

The Marquise cut is also known as the “Navette cut”. The history and creation of the Marquise cut  is credited to King Louis XV of France, who ordered his jeweler to create a diamond cut to imitate the beautiful shape of the mouth of his mistress the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour.

Description of the Navette or Marquise Cut Diamond

The Marquise or navette shape is like a long oval and looks like a football or boat shaped stone. They are mostly designed as center diamonds for engagement ring and wedding rings.

Marquise Style – Fancy Cut Diamonds

Fancy cut stones, such as Emerald, Marquise, Heart, Oval, Pear and Princess cuts are all ways of cutting a stone to maximize the carat weight. Popular fancy cuts include the “Baguette” (bread loaf), “Marquise” or “Navette” (little boat), “Princess Cut” or Square Brilliant Cut, “Heart”, “Briolette” (a form of Rose cut), Pear (teardrop), and the Trillion which is triangular in shape.

Marquise Cut Diamond

Good Marquise Cut Diamonds are affected by several different elements which include the Width and Depth of the stone, the Symmetry and the alignment of a diamond’s facets and the polish. Diamond Clarity is a measure of a diamond’s blemishes and inclusions which also affect the brilliance of diamonds and their sparkle because they interfere with the passage of light travelling through the precious stone. Aspect ratio of the Marquise cut: The ideal ratio of length to width should be about twice the length as the stone is wide. (2:1 aspect ratio).

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