Are you a hopeless romantic looking for an engagement ring with a touch of aristocracy? Consider the horse’s eye diamond ring: it’s just so beautiful. It has some royal roots. And it’s glorious when worn on the finger. But before you buy, know a few things to look for.
“Marquise” is pronounced “mahr-keez,” an elegant, slender diamond with curved sides and slender ends. The name was formed in France in the 1840s, and legend has it that it came from the Marquise de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV of France, because the shape resembled the lips of Madame de Pompadour.The marquise is also known as a “navette” (“boat” in Old French). This is because its shape resembles the hull of a racing boat, and sailing was the great passion of King Edward VII and his wealthy contemporaries in Edwardian England in the early 20th century. The horse’s eye diamond was also very popular in the 1970s, especially as bridal jewelry, but in the early 21st century it fell out of favor and was replaced by the square princess cut diamond. But the marquise diamond still has many advantages. Because of its special shape, the front of a marquise diamond looks larger than a round diamond of the same weight. Many brides also really like the horse’s eye shape because the cut makes their fingers appear slimmer and longer. The horse’s eye diamond profileThe horse’s eye shape is considered a “fancy shape,” which means it is not round. To choose a beautiful marquise diamond, you need to understand its components. Belly: The central area where the side curves stick out the most. This is the most important position for a marquise diamond – the width of the diamond is measured at this position. Tip: The point where the two curved sides meet. Wings: The curved area between the belly and the tip.
Girdle: The junction of the crown (top of the diamond) and the pavilion (bottom) that defines the circumference of the diamond.Girdle line: The bottom of the fancy cut, where the pavilion facets meet. It is the same length as the length of the diamond and sometimes contains or exceeds the central pavilion facets.
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