MQ stands for modern quarter cut, a type of step cut for synthetic quartz with cropped corners. This octagonal shape combines two rectangular faces and two triangular faces. MQ has 58 facets arranged in parallel, steplike rows. It was developed as a more stylish take on the princess square cut. The cropped corners make MQ cushions appear larger than other squares of the same carat weight. Their octagonal outline gives a unique look with excellent light return. The precision facet arrangement displays gorgeous optic effects. MQ's eight symmetrical facets highlight the flawless clarity of synthetic quartz. Available in colorless or shades like champagne and mocha, MQ synthetics make distinctive center stones or accents. Their versatility suits vintage to contemporary jewelry fashions.