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Browse our beautiful selection of marquise engagement rings. Inspired by the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour, marquise cut diamonds are flattering to the hand, making fingers look longer and more slender. Select your perfect setting from our selection, and then pair it with your dream diamond.

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Advantages of marquise cut diamond rings

Marquise cut diamonds, also known as navette cuts (French for “little boat”), are a modified brilliant cut with 57 or 58 facets, depending on whether the point at the bottom (the culet) is faceted or not. First developed in the 18th Century, the cut was inspired by the striking smile of the Marquise de Pompadour, King Louis XV’s mistress. In recent years, the marquise cut has seen a resurgence in interest, especially among those seeking an engagement ring with a vintage or unique look.

Marquise cut diamonds also offer three main benefits:

  1. Distinctive shape: marquise cut diamond rings remain reasonably unusual, making them a great choice if you're looking for an engagement ring that's a little bit different.
  2. Flattering to the hand: marquise engagement rings are very flattering to the hand, making the wearer's fingers look longer and more slender.
  3. Look large for their carat weight: due to their elongated shape, marquise cut diamonds tend to have a larger crown area relative to their volume, which means that they look large for their carat weight – this can be helpful if you want to maximise your diamond’s perceived size within a given budget.

How to choose a marquise diamond engagement ring

If you're looking for a marquise diamond engagement ring, here are the key things to look out for:

  1. Proportions: a marquise cut is generally considered to have ideal proportions when the length of the diamond is approximately twice its width (a length-to-width ratio of 2).  However, this really is a matter of personal preference, and you may prefer more slender proportions (a length-to-width ratio greater than 2) or wider proportions (a length-to-width ratio less than 2).
  2. Symmetry: you should always look for a marquise cut diamond with very good or excellent symmetry. Not only does asymmetry detract from the shape of stone, but it also adversely affects how light is reflected and refracted.
  3. Bowtie effect: like some other elongated diamond shapes (like ovals and pears), the marquise cut can exhibit a "bowtie" effect – a shadowy area in the shape of a bowtie running across the centre of the stone when viewed from above. While virtually all marquise diamonds have some degree of a bowtie, the visibility and prominence can vary, so be sure to check for this when choosing a marquise cut engagement ring.
  4. Setting: marquise diamonds look great in a wide range of setting styles, from solitaire settings to halo settings to vintage-inspired designs.  However, due to the pointed ends of the marquise cut, it's crucial to ensure that the diamond is protected. V-tip prongs are recommended for the tips to protect them from chipping.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a marquise cut diamond?

The marquise cut diamond has an elongated oval shape with pointed ends. It is known for its boat-like appearance and is sometimes called the "navette" (French for "little boat").

How many facets does a marquise diamond have?

A standard marquise cut diamond has 57 facets unless the culet is faceted, in which case it has 58 facets.

Are marquise cut diamond engagement rings popular?

The marquise cut has seen fluctuating popularity over the years but remains a unique and stylish choice for those looking for a distinctive diamond ring that stands out from the crowd.

What are the advantages of marquise engagement rings?

Aside from their distinctive shape, marquise cuts offer a number of advantages, including:

  • Their elongated shape flatters the finger, making it look longer and more slender.
  • Viewed from above, they look larger for their carat weight, enhancing their visual impact.
  • Compared to round brilliant cuts, the cost per carat for marquise cuts tends to be lower, meaning you can get a bigger diamond for your money.
  • When well-cut, marquise diamonds can exhibit a great deal of brilliance and fire.

What is the best length-to-width ratio for a marquise cut diamond?

Personal preferences vary, but most prefer a length-to-width ratio between 1.75 and 2.25.

Are there any particular concerns with the marquise cut?

Marquise cut diamonds are prone to having what's called a "bowtie effect" — a dark area in the centre that looks like a bowtie. It is advisable to check the diamond visually to ensure this effect isn't too pronounced. Additionally, due to its pointed ends, marquise cut diamonds can be more susceptible to chipping, so we recommend settings that protect the tips with a V-claw. We also recommend that you choose a stone that has been graded as Very Good or Excellent for symmetry since any asymmetry is particularly noticeable in marquise cuts.

What settings are best for marquise engagement rings?

Claw settings that protect the two pointed tips of the diamond are popular for marquise cut diamond rings to protect the diamond from chipping. Halo settings also offer protection and add extra sparkle!

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