Marquise-Shaped Diamonds - The 4 C’s
Cut — The shape of a diamond refers to its physical appearance, while the cut refers to how well the diamond’s features interact with light. Because marquise diamonds are a “fancy” cut, they are not graded. Even so, when buying a marquise diamond, make sure that it has a decent amount of sparkle; while marquise diamonds won’t look as fiery inside as round-shaped diamonds, they will outshine an emerald-shaped stone. A poorly cut marquise diamond will create what’s known as a bowtie effect within the diamond that takes away from the sparkle.
Clarity — Clarity refers to the number of inclusions and blemishes in a stone. Each marquise-shaped diamond will have a different amount of these flaws, ranging from SI2 (having the largest amount) to VVS1 (having the least). Marquise diamonds nearly always have an inclusion; however, a well-cut stone will hide any flaws from the eye with a brilliant sparkle.
Color — Color refers to the absence of color in a diamond. Clean Origin only offers diamonds from J to D, though there are diamonds with color from Z (containing the most color) to D (containing the least color). While marquise diamonds tend to show their color, this is often preferred; because marquise diamonds are a traditional stone dating back to the 1700s, a bit of color in the stone can look more authentic.
Carat — Marquise-shaped diamonds have very large crown surface areas, making them appear larger than their actual carat size. Use this advantage to either purchase a diamond that appears bigger than its carat or purchase a lower carat weight with the same appearance as a higher carat stone. However, considering that a lab-grown diamond can save you 20-30% on the price, many purchasers decide to use the leftover budget to add some of the wow factor with an increased carat size.
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