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Marquise Cut Diamonds

Unique marquise diamonds often appear larger and can even make fingers appear longer and slenderer. These gems are identified by their elongated curves that meet at two points on either side of the diamond. The romantic marquise diamond shape has often been described as an eyeball shape or even the shape of a soft smile. No matter where these diamonds are set, they bring standout style. A marquise cut diamond brings an iconic shape and impressive brilliance. Explore our selection of marquise-shaped diamonds to find the perfect fit for engagement rings, earrings and other styles.
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FAQs about Marquise Cut Diamonds

Do marquise cut diamonds look bigger?

Though it's one of the rarest fancy cut diamond shapes, the marquise shape maximizes carat weight, giving you a much larger-looking diamond for your dollar. The ability of marquise-shaped diamonds to look large for their carat weight makes them popular for anyone on a strict budget.

What is the bow tie effect in a marquise cut diamond?

Another aspect that affects the price is the "bow-tie effect", a darkened area across its middle. The amount of darkness, however, varies so look for a diamond with a minimal bow tie to maximize light performance and your investment.

How important is clarity in marquise cut diamonds?

Marquise hides inclusions well. Save on a lower clarity grade and you'll get an eye-clean diamond for less.

What is the history of marquise cut diamonds?

The shape was created in the 1700s when King Louis XV of France commissioned a jeweler to design a cut in the shape of his mistress's lips. This unique diamond cut is believed to have represented the soft smile of Madame Marquise de Pompadour. 

Since then, this unique shape has been popular with certain periods of more ubiquitous wear. The 1970s and 1980s were decades that saw heightened demand for the marquise cut. No matter the trends of the year, marquise diamonds have classic staying power that echoes their romantic history. Today, many engagement rings are adorned with marquise cut diamonds that add an iconic shape and brilliance.

What is a marquise diamond?

Marquise diamonds are gemstones with an elongated curved shape punctuated by points at either end of the diamond. They are faceted for brilliance and most often seen in engagement rings. Because of their elliptical elongated shape, these gems can often appear larger than their diamond carat weight would indicate.

How are these diamonds typically worn?

When it comes to rings, marquise cut diamonds are typically worn in a north-south orientation, with the two points of the diamond sitting vertically along the wearer’s finger. For a unique take on marquise diamond engagement rings, some people put the diamond in an east-west setting instead with the diamond’s points sitting horizontally cross the finger. You can also find marquise diamonds in earrings and necklaces with various designs to match any style.

Do marquise diamonds have other names?

Sometimes a marquise diamond may be called a navette diamond. They are also called football-shaped, boat-shaped or eye-shaped diamonds.

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