The Beauty and Versatility of Marquise-Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Anyone who has ever shopped for a diamond engagement ring has likely noticed the dazzling marquise cut in at least a few jewelers’ display cases. Extremely popular in the 1980s, this type of ring has recently enjoyed a significant comeback due to its vintage appeal and interesting shape.

A Romantic History

Also called a “navette” cut, which is French for “little boat,” the marquise diamond engagement ring has an interesting history. According to numerous gemstone experts, this cut made its debut when the French King, Louis the XIV, hired a stone cutter to design a special ring for his then-mistress, Marquise de Pompadour. The marquise cut is believed to have been inspired by the shape of her lips. It is this intriguing piece of history that brought the marquise diamond cut widespread popularity over the centuries. Its curving, oblong shape gives a flattering and distinctive appearance, with a truly impressive visual effect. The cut itself is essentially a cross between the traditional, four corner diamond shape and the more modern oval-shaped. Its pointed ends and smooth, round sides make it versatile enough to work with a multi-stone grouping or by itself as a solitaire. 


This cut is one of only a handful of gem shapes that look even more magnificent when placed in a horizontal setting–also called an east-west setting–which is another popular trend on today’s engagement ring market. This horizontal placement is thought to draw attention to the stone. Similarly, when worn vertically, it is said to elongate the fingers and draw attention to beautiful hands. Therefore, not only is the cut itself unusual, it is also more versatile with regard to settings and how it is worn, as seen on this website:

The uniqueness and dazzling presence of a marquise cut diamond also allows it to blend well with essentially any type of precious metal. Marquise diamonds can be set in platinum, white gold, rose gold or traditional yellow gold and each option adds just as much beauty to the diamond as the others. Additionally, it can be set as a solitaire or fashioned with side stones. For example, baguette diamonds, diamond chips or a complete halo of tiny stones can be placed around the marquise diamond to further emphasize its beauty and brilliance. 

It also mixes well with other colored gems, including rubies, emeralds and sapphires. Those looking for an Old World touch for a diamond engagement ring should consider a marquise cut surrounded by other types of gems. Regardless of how a person chooses to design her marquise engagement ring, selecting this cut automatically separates the ring from virtually all other rings during any party or gathering. Rings of this type can also be customized, as the marquise cut lends itself well to creative ideas.

Additional Benefits

Diamonds that are not cut in conventional round shapes, regarded as “fancy” shapes, are typically significantly less costly than their fancier counterparts. However, even though they are considered one of the fanciest shaped diamonds of all, marquise cut diamonds are still competitively priced. Obviously, this is advantageous to shoppers who want traditional brilliance and fire in their rings, but are looking for a bargain as well.

Lastly, because it is a brilliant cut, a marquise diamond is a bit more forgiving than less sparkly shapes with regard to clarity. This simply means that a slightly lower color grade and minor imperfections are more easily camouflaged. This is also beneficial for those searching for bargains when shopping for a diamond engagement ring. With its elegant shape and brilliant facets, the marquise diamond will undoubtedly remain a popular choice among consumers for many future years.

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