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Marquise Diamond Guide

Marquise is pronounced "Mar-kees" and you can hear this for yourself here.


Why Choose a Marquise Cut Diamond?


Why choose a Marquise cut diamond for an engagement ring? A great size to weight aspect, an exceptionally beautiful shape and a more unusual choice. They are also less expensive than Round Brilliant diamonds. We accommodate this diamond across many inspiring Marquise engagement ring designs, so there's also a great choice.

Origins of the Name Marquise


The name 'Marquise' derives from a story relating to King Louis XIV of France. It has been suggested that he insisted that a diamond was cut to the shape of the mouth of the Marquise of Pompadour. 

Why Choose a Marquise Diamond?


The Marquise Brilliant Cut diamond makes an exceptional choice for a diamond engagement ring. The beauty with Marquise diamond engagement rings, lies not only with their unusual shape and distinctive beauty but with the fact that they are less frequently chosen for an engagement ring. This is perfect for a more unusual diamond solitaire ring. 

Marquise Proportions


Marquise engagement rings are produced with a Marquise Brilliant Cut diamond. The diamond shape widens from a narrow point along its length and tapers to a mirrored point at the opposite length. A very important aspect is the length to width ratio. Most desirable ratios are between 1.85 : 1 and 2 : 1. Please do not obsess about the ratio. It is far more important if you are looking at diamonds 'in the flesh' to be drawn to an appealing shape to meet your own preferences. Some people prefer a slimmer model, whilst others favour broader proportions. Facets typically amount to 56 and the most delicate part of the diamond is at each point. For this reason a protective 'V' claw  normally secures the diamond. 

Along with other fancy diamond shapes, the Marquise remains a selective choice. Owing to the variation of models (some diamonds are cut long and thin, others short and fat - see ratio's mentioned above) this diamond is less popular with jewellery manufacturers. Why? Because most ring styles are created in set sizes accommodating particular diamond measurements. So many Marquise diamonds vary and are more difficult to accommodate in a narrow scope of ring setting sizes.