The Marquise Cut Diamond

By Frank

Highly experienced diamond polisher who loves to share his knowledge with you. Continues to stun his colleagues with interesting - or simply bizarre - facts about diamonds and gems.

April 24, 2019

The marquise cut is a popular diamond shape. One of the reasons is because of its ability to make the fingers look more slender. It is an oval shaped cut with pointed ends. The history of this diamond shape makes the marquise a beloved diamond cut for engagement rings.

History of the marquise cut

Some people know the Marquise cut diamond as the “Navette” shape. This means “little boat”. Viewed from above, this shape resembles the hull of a boat. Believe it or not, but the Marquise Cut is actually inspired by lips. In the 18th century, King Louis XV of France had an official mistress: the Marquise Madame Pompadour. She was an intelligent and well-educated woman. But one of her other characteristics captivated the king: her lips.

marquise diamond cut on woman's lips

That’s why the king requested his Royal jeweler to design a diamond shape that looked like his mistress’s lips. Over time, the diamond cut evolved to its current shape and the one you see here.

The marquise cut diamond engagement ring

Solitaire rings with a marquise cut diamonds make the finger of the wearer appear more slender. A brilliant cut may sparkle more. But many women prefer having slender fingers over a little more sparkle. Especially when cut properly, a marquise diamond still sparkles a lot. That’s why we often see engagement rings with a marquise cut diamond. However, marquise cut diamonds also make great additional stones to any piece of diamond jewelry.

marquise cut solitaire diamond ring on purple flowerPros and cons of the marquise cut

Like every diamond cut, the marquise has advantages and disadvantages.

Pros of the marquise cut

Let’s start with the benefits of this diamond shape. Besides the fact that it makes your finger looks more slender, you also get more diamond for your money. While the carat for a marquise and – for example – a brilliant are the same, the marquise looks bigger. That’s because of its long shape.

marquise cut without and with bow tie effectCons of the marquise cut

Marquises have the tendency to get a bow tie effect. The bow tie effect is something that affects several diamond shapes. When polished incorrectly, a shadow shaped like a bow tie casts over the middle section of the stone. It’s a matter of personal taste, but many people don’t like it.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the ends of the marquise are fragile. If not protected, they chip easily. So either you have to be very careful with it, or purchase a marquise cut diamond with protected edges. This can be with prongs but also by means of a halo around it.

marquise cut diamond with halo ring on fingerGet a marquise cut diamond

Whether you look for a marquise solitaire engagement ring or another piece of jewelry with smaller diamonds in it. The marquise is a great diamond shape. Our diamond consultants can help you find the perfect piece. Even if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. They find something that fits your needs and your budget.

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