Choose a Marquise Engagement Ring
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 • 20 comments
If you’re ready to pop the question, but unsure about the style of engagement ring, let us help you decide.
Marquise diamond engagement rings can be found in an amazing selection of styles, such as contemporary, classic, antique and vintage settings.
The Marquise’s Characteristics
This is actually one of the oldest modified diamond cuts. It was created in the mid-1700’s when Louise XIV asked for a diamond shape that would complement the smile of his mistress, the Marquise de Pompadour.
This cut is an elongated oval that typically contains 55 – 58 facets. Symmetrical diamonds for this cut tend to have a length twice the size of the width.
The Pros and Cons of This Design
One of the biggest benefits to marquise diamond engagement rings is that the shape tends to look flattering on hands of all shapes and sizes. The elongated cut is especially stunning on slender hands with longer fingers but it can also offer a slimming effect, making shorter fingers look thinner and longer.
Another pro to this kind of cut is that since the cut is particularly shallow, most of the weight of the diamond is usually carried on top. So a smaller diamond will actually look bigger. Visit Serendipity Diamonds for more information.
If you are on a budget, the marquise design will offer the look of a larger carat diamond at a more affordable price.
What’s more, marquise tends to have a higher amount of brilliance, which is maximised even further in this cut.
Marquise engagement rings are also able to hide some colour tints and minor inclusions, so you can have a little more leeway when it comes to diamond grades and choosing diamonds for your engagement ring.
While some colour tints and inclusions can be masked with this beautiful cut, it’s best to stay within certain diamond grades, including:
Clarity: on the GIA clarity scale – flawless to VS2
Colour: on the GIA colour scale – D to I
These types of engagement rings look incredible in just about any style, too, whether it is classic, simple, antique, vintage or elegant rings. The cut also looks beautiful on colourful gemstones. Some gemstones that work really well on engagement rings include rubies, sapphires, emeralds, tourmalines, blue topaz and aquamarines.
The main downfall to the marquise cut is the visual impression, referred to as the bow tie effect. All of these cuts will have some sort of bow tie effect. It is a shadow, created in a bow tie shape, found in the middle of the diamond. The shadow usually occurs when light escapes from below the diamond instead of reflecting back to the viewer.
The Best Setting for These Engagement Rings
The very best setting for this cut is a 6-prong setting. That is, one prong on top and one at the bottom along with two prongs on either side.
Another beautiful setting is a bezel setting that wraps around the entire stone.
Any other kind of setting risks leaving the pointed ends of a marquise cut gemstone or diamond vulnerable to breaking and chipping. A 4-prong setting, however, may offer enough security for the diamonds.
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