Marquise Diamond – It’s All in the Cut

Marquise Diamond – It’s All in the Cut

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Buying a diamond is a big deal. No matter what your budget and other specifications; a diamond comes with expectations and requirements. The easiest way to make sure that you’re doing the right thing is to look for the all-important 4 C's: clarity, colour, carat and cut.

It is cut that we are focussing on today. While all four Cs are important, the Cut is the key differentiator. Let’s see how.

When we speak of Cut in connection to a diamond, it means the way in which the diamond is given its all important element- facets. These facets are surfaces off which the light is reflected when it falls on the stone. Simply put, the better the stone’s cut, the more its brilliance. Facets are what absorb the light and push them back into the world to shine it up with illumination and dazzle.

When a diamond is cut well, no matter its size, it shines with a luminescence like not much else. It shows off itself, big or small in the best possible way. When the diamond is not cut well, it doesn’t shine so bright, and often emits a dull shine, sometimes appearing glass-like, and not nearly as radiant as a diamond should.

The best way then to show off your diamond is to invest in one that has many facets. While the traditional cut choice is the round shape, or what’s known as the Princess cut, it is in the Marquise cut that your diamond truly shines. It’s not hard to see why. A typical marquise cut diamond feature not one, not ten, but a whopping 58 facets. These facets, impressive as they are, are shown off to their best advantage in the shape of the marquise diamond- elliptical. Imagine- the -unromantic- shape of an American football and you’ll see what the elliptical cut is. It tapers off at the ends, giving it a pointed shape. This narrow shape draws eyes to the diamond like not much else.

The story of how the shape evolved is a fascinating one. Back in the 18th century, the then King of France, Louis the Fifteenth commanded a jeweller to create a shape that was akin to the King’s mistress’s lips. The mistress was the famous Madame de Pompadour, the Marchioness also known as Jean Antoinette Poisson. The cut became a way by which members of the royal court could flaunt their exalted status in the order of things. The cut is now used in other stones as well, including the sapphire, emerald and ruby.

The original shape is also not the one we recognise the stone to have of late, but it all started with a king, a commission and a pair of what appears to be full lips! In fact, the French connection is apparent in one of the other names used to describe the marquise cut- navette, which also means ‘little ship,’ in French.

If you’re considering the marquise diamond cut for your finger ring, here’s another piece of good news- the shape of the diamond, narrow at the ends, works to make your finger look slimmer. But the narrowing of the stone comes with its own concerns.

1. You must make sure that the diamond is perfectly pointed, in a harmonious fashion on each end. If not, it can throw off the entire look of the stone. Check with the jeweller for this and also make sure you take a look through the loupe. It needs to be symmetrical and aligned, at equal distance from the centre point of the stone.

2. The ends are sharp and can also chip, crack or break away. The sharp ends can hurt another person or the ring wearer, get caught on fabric and furnishing and generally be an issue. The easiest way to handle the problem and give safety to your ring is to cap it with prongs at both ends. Do consider the V-shape for prongs. They don’t hide the stone too much and still do their part in securing the diamond and keeping it safe.

3. The cut is important not just because of the 58 facets but also because of the slim shape of the diamond. All the cuts cause a lowering of colour around the middle of the stone. This can cause the diamond to have a distinct shape and colour difference that’s often been compared to a bow tie. While this is true for all long stones, if cut well, the marquise diamond will not look like a clothing accessory but a genuine attractive stone!

4. One way of bringing in some character to the stone and also looking after the previous point is to go in for some colour in your diamond. Why not? Just the slightest hint of a hue can make the diamond uniquely yours.

Buy a marquise diamond and give your jewellery a bit of history and glamour.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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Get The Most Out of Your Trip To The Thrift Store

Tips from a self-proclaimed thrifting expert.

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If you know me, you know I love thrift stores. Sorting through racks of clothes, filling my basket up with dozens of different pieces, and walking away with a couple of different things is always so satisfying. Some people go for the vintage items, but I'm there to find the best over-sized t-shirt around and maybe yet another pair of shoes to add to the dozens I already own. Every time I go, there is a different selection of clothes for me too look at, so I end up going there all the time to see what's new! The bonus of thrifting? You can get a bunch of new styles without spending a bunch of money. To make the most out of your own trips to the thrift store, here are six rules you should follow.

Try on EVERYTHING that catches your eye

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We've all had those moments where we see a shirt we like at the mall, but then decide it might not fit, or it's not in our usual comfort zone, or it's too expensive, so we skip right over it. Not the case at thrift stores. If you like it and you think it might fit, try it out. I've gone into thrift stores and tried on fifteen or twenty things, some of which are just t-shirts but others that are interesting tops that I normally would never pick up. Sometimes those different clothes end up being my favorite, and since the prices are low it's the perfect way to test out a different style without dropping a lot of money on a shirt you might not wear more than once.

Bring a friend

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If you're going to a big store like Savers, there can be an overwhelming amount of racks to go through. With a friend, you can look for each other and end up with outfits you like that you might've not seen by yourself. Last time I went, my friends found a ton of UMD gear for me to try on! Going with a friend means double the finds.

Scope out different locations

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College gear is all over the place at thrift stores. Have you seen the price of a sweatshirt at your college bookstore? Check for something similar at the thrift store before you snag that $50 crewneck. If you're going to an instate school, there is a solid chance your local thrift stores will have gear for your school so you can show your spirit without breaking the bank. Some of my favorite college t-shirts are from thrift stores and they were under $5 each. For out of state schools, hit up the thrift stores in the towns close to it.

Read the label

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Where else are you going to get an authentic Longchamp purse and a Southern Marsh fuzzy pullover for $3 each? Expensive brand names at ridiculously low prices are one of the hidden gems of thrift stores. They are rare finds but totally make going to the store with it. Make sure to check the shoes, too!

Look for deals

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Many of the major chain thrift stores offer 50% off at the end of the month for one day only, if you're a rewards member. The rewards programs are usually free and sometimes include early access to sales or bonus coupons after shopping a certain number of times or spending enough money.

Give back

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Got clothing in great condition that doesn't fit anymore or isn't your style? Donate it and make room for your new clothes while doing something good at the same time! If you aren't bringing it to the thrift store, look into non-profits or organizations around you that will take what you don't wear anymore. Many places will take books, shoes, and furniture, so bring those on your next trip, too. Donating is a win for people and the planet!

Whether you hit up the thrift store all the time or you're just starting out, thrifting is the way to go if you want to revamp your wardrobe without spending a ton of money!

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