It goes by other names—the navette (little boat) cut, the football—but we prefer to call this oblong diamond cut by its noblest name, the marquise.
It allows us to tell the story of that time when King Louis XV of France commissioned a diamond that might remind him of the lips of his mistress, the famed Madame de Pompadour, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson. They were, Louis believed, the most perfect lips he had ever seen.
That eye-like shape has not always been the most popular, princess cut and emerald cut appear more frequently, but the marquise is a bold and knowing choice. The cut allows the stone to appear bigger and the wearer's hands to appear longer. And if indulged, one can share the tale of an 18th century King and a perfect pair of lips.
One has to dream a bit that Charlize Theron recited it to Ryan Seacrest off camera on the red carpet at the Academy Awards last night. The Tiffany necklace she wore had a twenty-one plus carat marquise diamond dangling from it, along with 164 more dazzling stones. Though it probably goes without saying, her lips were quite perfect too.
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