If you know your 4Cs, then you know one of them is cut, which refers to the shape of the stone. We’re all pretty familiar with round, but the more unusual, football-shaped cut is known as marquise, and is named for the Marquise of Pompadour. If you believe the lore, Louis XIV had a diamond cut to resemble the Marquise’s exquisitely shaped mouth, which, of course, has nothing to do with football at all. Perhaps we should be referring to the marquise as lip-shaped?
Marquise cuts can make a diamond—or any stone—look larger than it actually is, because it has such a big crown surface. When marquise stones are used in rings, they can make fingers seem slimmer. There are standards that high quality marquise cuts generally adhere to: the stone should be one-and-three-quarters to two-and-a-quarters long as it is wide. Buyers may find variations in this, and, ultimately, it’s the buyer’s choice as to which marquise proportions are more personally and aesthetically pleasing. When look at marquise diamonds in pawn shops in Fort Lauderdale, check out the alignment: the two end points should align. If they don’t the stone is asymmetrical and undesirable, as it will throw off the look when set.
Marquise points are vulnerable to chipping; because of this, marquise stone should always be set with protective prongs (which can also serve to hide small imperfections along the stone’s edges). If you have any questions about this beautiful cut, just ask when you visit National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale!