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Marquise

Featuring an elongated, curved shape and pointed ends, the Marquise cut diamond can often look larger than other shapes of the same carat weight.

If you are looking for a diamond cut to stand out, consider the Marquise cut. A fancy shape by most standards, the Marquise cut diamond can be characterised as a boat-shaped brilliant stone. Its unique shape usually demands it is the centre of attention and looks exquisite in a solitaire setting. The standard number of facets is 58, but can have a varying number of pavilion (lower) main facets ranging from 4, 6, or 8.

Take care to look for sharp edges and pointed ends in a Marquise cut stone; increasing the risk of damage. Long, narrow stones are more likely to break or chip. Ensure the angles of the diamond have been properly cut to avoid a 'bow-tie effect'; when a bow-tie shaped dark area occurs in the diamond, usually the result of improperly cut angles.

When choosing a Marquise diamond, its extremely important to note the overall clarity and colour of the diamond. Due to the shape of the Marquise, colour and clarity are more apparent; colour and clarity should be of high quality for the Marquise to look its very best.

Usually cut to a 2.00 ratio (twice as long as wide), or approximate range of 1.75 to 2.25, this ratio gives distinct length and elegance, whilst providing a good balance of width that is pleasing to the eye. A Marquise ratio of less than 1.50 may appear short and wide, difficult to tell apart from an oval. When long and thin, at a ratio of over 2.50, the Marquise may lack brilliance and be difficult to properly set.

If you are looking for a fancy cut diamond engagement ring that is sure to please, the Marquise cut diamond is an excellent choice. Vashi.ie suggests that you choose a marquise cut diamond with a minimum colour of H, clarity of SI1 and very good cut.