Marquise cut

A modified brilliant cut, the Marquise cut looks a little like a football. The name comes from the Marquise of Pompadour, whose perfectly shaped mouth inspired King Louis XIV of France to commission a stone to be fashioned after it. Symmetry is critical to the marquise cut, and even a slight misalignment of the two end points or right and left sides can cause it to appear off-balance in jewellery design.

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