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The Shape of a Smile
Fashion Forward


Although legend has it that the marquise shape was created for French King Louis XIV to resemble the smile of his mistress, the Marquise de Montespan, the shape has loyal as well as royal fans. Sometimes referred to as a navette, the pointy tipped oval known as a marquise has long been called the queen of diamond cuts. Now the shape is being translated into links, hoops, and other motifs in chains, earrings, and even bracelets. In diamonds, the marquise is elegant. Used in more stylized or geometric form, it can be used to symbolically represent an open eye or a leaf. This fall, it is the shape to bring smiles to jewelry-loving consumers.

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James Martin Ltd.’s diamond ring
James Martin Ltd.’s 5.81 carat marquise shaped diamond ring in 18k gold with micro-pavé, (212) 957-8285.
© Photography by Chris Trayer