Because they are they long and narrow, marquise diamonds can create the illusion of greater size per carat. This shape also has one of the largest crown surface areas. If you’re looking to maximize the perceived size of a diamond, marquise should be one of your top contenders.

These football shaped stones were originally designed by King Louis XIV of France, fashioned to look like the perfectly shaped mouth of the Marquise of Pompadour. Take a look—what do you think?

The shape of a marquise diamond can be long and narrow or a bit “fat.” The optimal length/width ratios for this cut range from 1.75 to 2.15, with the former being chubbier and the latter looking long and narrow. Symmetry also plays a key role in the appearance of a marquise stone. It is vital to stick with stones that have excellent or very good symmetry because even a slight misalignment in the points can result in an “off” look.

The Bow-Tie Effect

Marquise diamonds possess some degree of bow‐tie effect, varying from near invisible to severe. This effect cannot be ascertained just by reviewing a diamonds certificate or dimensions‐ only a visual inspection can determine the severity of a bow‐tie.

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