8 Carat Marquise Diamond Ring
Ultimate Guide To Buying A Eight Carat Marquise Diamond
8 carat marquise diamonds are a beautiful choice – their shape gives them unparalleled elegance and the incredible flashes of sparkling light they deliver are stunning.
Marquises are one of the less common choices for an 8 carat diamond engagement ring, which means that there may not be a huge selection available when you are looking.
However, that doesn’t mean that you should just settle for the first 8 carat marquise you see. This guide will help you avoid sub-par stones and ensure you get a beautiful and brilliant four carat marquise that will be the perfect centerpiece for your ring.
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There are many factors that affect price and value of a 8 carat marquise diamond and no two marquises are the same, even if the specs on the certificate indicate that they should be.
How much do 8 carat marquise diamonds cost?
8 carat marquise diamonds are extremely rare, so the price of an individual stone will depend on the 4 C quality factors, as well as how well the stone has been shaped.
It’s likely that the price could range from $100,000 for a diamond with low color and clarity (e.g. SI2 clarity, K color) all the way to around $600,000 for a diamond with high colour and clarity (e.g. FL clarity, D color)
It’s important to recognise that at this carat weight, there can be considerable differences between individual stones with similar specs on paper, so each stone really does need to be assessed on its own basis.
8 carat marquise diamond size
Marquise diamonds are one of the ‘spreadiest’ shapes of any diamond, which means that for a given carat weight, they appear larger than other shapes.
A typical A typical 8 carat marquise diamond may be around 20.78mm × 10.39mm × 6.34mm.
Here’s how it looks compared to a 7 carat and an 9 carat:
One important thing to understand when you are looking at marquise diamonds is that carat weight is a measure of weight rather than size.
Carat weight is therefore spread out throughout the volume of the stone ie. length, width and depth.
This can mean that two 8 carat diamonds can actually appear very different sizes when set into a ring and viewed from the top.
The benefit of this for marquise diamonds is that a 8 carat marquise will ‘face up’ significantly larger than other pointed shapes like a 8 carat pear shaped diamond ring and much larger than squarer shapes like a 8 carat heart diamond ring.
8 carat marquise diamond L/W ratio
Length-width ratio is, unsurprisingly, the ratio between the length and the width of a diamond:
This can hugely change what an marquise cut diamond looks like
For smaller marquise diamonds, I usually recommend a L/W ratio of between 1.75 and 2.25, as these all deliver a pleasing shape and should face up at a good size for their carat weight:
However, for higher carat weights, a longer stone can look too large, and you may find that a stone at around 1.75 length-width ratio looks better on the finder than a more elongated stone.
Lower L/W ratio marquise diamonds are also generally priced lower that higher L/W ratios, as they use more of the rough diamond (which means less needs to be wasted) and there are more of them available (law of supply and demand coming into effect).
Watch out: bow tie effect
One thing to watch out for with higher carat weight marquise diamonds is that the ‘bow tie’ effect may be more noticeable.
The bow tie is an unappealing dark band that can run across the center of some marquises:
This effect is often more noticeable on shallower stones with a high L/W ratio, as the light is reflected off the bottom of the stone (the pavilion facets) at the wrong angle to be reflected back to your eye, causing the dark band where light is lost.
While it’s not uncommon for a marquise to have some bow tie, The best way to avoid is it to ensure that you have access to high quality 8 carat marquise diamonds which have been cut to avoid the bow tie, and to specifically look for it when reviewing your options.
8 carat marquise diamond color
Higher carat weight diamonds tend to show up color more easily than smaller stones, especially in the corners where they sparkle less.
If you want to ensure your diamond doesn’t have a yellow tint, it’s important to try and keep the color as high up the scale as possible.
On the other side of the equation is the effect color has on price.
In most shapes, the price difference between an H color, I color and J color diamond can be significant,
With a 8 carat marquise, the color grade you choose can be dependant on the color of the ring setting you are going to pair the diamond with. If you are choosing a white colored setting (platinum or white gold), then I color delivers a good balance of white appearance and value.
However, if you are choosing a yellow gold setting, then you can reduce the color of your diamond to J without it looking yellow, as it will still look white compared to the warm tones of the setting.
8 carat marquise diamond clarity
Clarity is a measure of the presence of inclusions (or flaws) within a diamond.
The clarity scale runs:
Marquise diamonds are a brilliant cut, which means that they are optimised to reflect light back from the bottom of the stone in the form of brilliant sparkle. This can mean that inclusions can be difficult to see under the facets, which is a good thing!
However, at the same time their elongated shape means they have a large ‘table’ (the flat area on the top of the diamond), which can mean that inclusions located here are easier to see. At higher carat weights, this issue is compounded as a bigger diamond means a bigger window where flaws can be seen.
A good starting point for 8 carat marquise diamond clarity is SI1:
However, depending on the diamonds that are available at the time you are looking, you may need to increase this to VS2, or even higher, to ensure that the diamond is ‘eye clean’ and no flaws can be seen.
Pictures of 8 carat marquise diamond rings on the hand
Higher carat weight rings mean that additional considerations can be needed to be taken into account, depending on the ring setting style chosen.
These images of 8 carat marquise diamond rings on the finger will show you how big your ring could actually look.
8 carat marquise diamond three stone ring
Three stone three stone ring rings look great when paired with almost any other shape as the side stones.
Tapered side stones can work particularly well because the side stones make the transition from the long broad side of the diamond to the narrow band more gentle and more elegant.
8 carat marquise diamond solitaire ring
Solitaire settings are a great match for [shape] diamonds – the simple style is a great pairing with the elegance of the diamond.
A major trend with settings is super slim and petite bands and prongs, which are effective in making the stone itself look larger.
While these can look great, some care does need to be taken with higher carat weights, as an extremely narrow band may not be wide enough to support the stone. It may twist on the finger and become uncomfortable.
If you’re choosing a solitaire setting to match a diamond solitaire ring , I recommend you choose a band of at least 2.5mm width.
8 carat marquise diamond pavé ring
When choosing a pavé or channel setting, there is a big decision to make.
Either can be a great option, but one thing to consider is the color of the side stones.
Small, brilliant cut stones can appear whiter than larger diamonds, which means that even if you do match the color by the color grade, they still may appear whiter.
In cases like these, especially if you are going a little lower on the color on your center stone, it can be a good idea to work with an expert to ensure that the side stones complement the center stone.
Best Place To Buy a 8 Carat Marquise Diamond Ring
For smaller carat weights, my recommended retailer is frequently James Allen, which offers a huge selection of stones and can be a good option if you are confident in making a decision yourself.
However, buying a diamond of this size diamond is very different to buying a smaller stone – both in the expense involved and in the potential for pitfalls.
If you feel that you would like some assistance with the purchase (and at this carat weight, that can be a good idea), my recommendation is Alon Mor at The Diamond Oak.
I like this review of his service – it’s worth a read to understand just how special buying a diamond can be. Click below to learn more, or give him a call on +1 (646) 956-5766 to discuss what you’re looking for.