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What is a marquise cut diamond? 

What is a marquise cut diamond? 

With its royal origins and elongated shape, the marquise cut diamond is a sophisticated choice for those wanting something a little more unconventional. Known for its ability to maximise carat weight, this cut is both flattering on the hand and beautiful in appearance. In this guide, we delve into the world of marquise cut diamonds, explore their history and their benefits, potential drawbacks, and the ring styles that make them shine the best. 

What exactly is a marquise cut diamond? 

The marquise cut diamond has a rich history, dating back to the 18th century when King Louis XIV of France commissioned a diamond cut to resemble the smile of his beloved Marquise de Pompadour. The cut has an elongated shape, with pointed ends and a curved body. The marquise cut is also known as the “navette” cut, which translates to “little ship” in French, because of its boat-like silhouette. With 56 facets, this cut is designed to maximise sparkle, and create an illusion of greater size – which can make it great value for money. 

Pros of marquise cut diamonds: 

Considering a marquise cut diamond? Here’s what you need to know: 

  • Elongated shape: The marquise cut’s elongated shape can make the finger appear longer and slenderer, giving a flattering effect. 
  • Maximised carat weight: Due to its shape, the marquise cut often appears larger than other diamond cuts of the same carat weight, making it good value for money. 
  • Unique: The marquise cut stands out from more common cuts, so is perfect for someone looking for something a little different. 

Cons of marquise cut diamonds: 

There aren’t many cons to a marquise cut diamond, but here are some considerations: 

  • Prone to chipping: Like any diamond with a pointed end, the ends of the marquise cut can be prone to chipping or breaking if not properly protected – ensure your setting is made well and check your ring frequently for signs of damage. 
  • Bow-tie effect: Some marquise cut diamonds may display a bow-tie effect, a dark area across the centre that can detract from the stone’s brilliance – which is why purchasing from a reputable jeweller who only deals with good quality diamonds is so important. 
  • Requires a good cut: Achieving perfect symmetry is crucial for a marquise cut diamond, so ensure your diamond is cut well by a professional. 
  • Can show colour and inclusions: Due to its shape and facet arrangement, the marquise cut may show more colour and inclusions than other styles, so your purchase might need to be a higher-grade diamond than you were expecting.

Best ring styles for marquise cut diamonds: 

Decided on the unique marquise cut?  

  • Solitaire setting: A solitaire setting showcases the marquise cut’s unique shape and makes it the star of the show. 
  • Halo setting: A halo of smaller diamonds around the main diamond enhances the marquise cut’s brilliance and even gives the illusion of a larger stone. 
  • Pave band: A band adorned with small diamonds complements the marquise cut’s elegance and adds an extra layer of sparkle. 
  • Vintage-inspired settings: The marquise cut’s royal origins make it look great in vintage inspired settings. 

Not sure about the marquise cut?

The marquise cut not for you? No problem. Check out the other popular diamond cuts that might be the right choice for you and your engagement ring, here.