By:
Jeffrey M. Bertman
Graduate Gemologist

To most people, the “marquise” is the most elegant of diamond cuts. To France’s King Louis XV, it was the gemological representation of his mistress’ perfectly shaped mouth. Hence, this diamond cut is named after Jeanna Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, who remained a chief member of the king’s court until her death. Whether or not this romantic historical backdrop plays any role in the selection of a marquise-cut diamond, many simply find its long, narrow shape most attractive. From a more practical standpoint, the marquise cut quite simply represents great value because it possesses one of the largest crown surfaces of any diamond shape. the diamond inspired by a kiss Thus, its perceived size is larger than the diamond actually is. The Marquise diamond cut is a royal, elongated shape with tapering points at both ends. Its shape will flatter your finger, making it appear longer.

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