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Marquise Cut Diamond Buying Guide

7th May 2021

by Tara W.

marquise diamonds

The beautiful marquise diamond is a unique diamond shape that can transform the appearance of an entire piece of jewellery. For this reason, if you are looking for a unique shape for an engagement ring, a marquise cut diamond could be a good option. In our marquise cut diamond buying guide, we explore everything you need to know about this impressive diamond shape.



What is a marquise diamond?


A marquise diamond is an elongated elliptical shape with two pointed ends. It is the unique shape of this diamond cut that makes it so special. Marquise diamonds are a fancy cut and typically have around 58 facets. 


Because of their elongated shape, marquise diamonds usually look larger than diamonds of the same carat weight - making them a good option for those who want their diamond to look bigger. Plus, marquise diamond rings are flattering on the finger as they give the illusion of longer fingers.



Marquise diamond history


Marquise diamonds originated in the 18th Century where King Louis XIV of France commissioned a jeweller to create a diamond shape to resemble the lips of his love Jean Antoinette Poisson, the Marquise de Pompadour. 


Marquise diamonds evolved slightly through the years, but its signature boat shape remained. Because its shape resembles a boat, it would sometimes be referred to as Navette, meaning 'small ship' in French.



Marquise diamond popularity


The marquise diamond may be a less popular shape, but there is a lot to love about it. There are several reasons why you may consider a marquise diamond engagement ring and one being if you prefer styles that are a little more unique. Marquise diamond earrings also make a great gift for a loved one. Although marquise diamonds are not as popular as round diamonds, many celebrities have worn marquise diamond engagement rings, such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Lopez. 



Marquise diamond cut guide


marquise diamond guide

When considering a marquise cut diamond, you should consider its length to width ratio and symmetry to get the perfect shape. Of course, every diamond is unique, and the one you select should meet your taste.


Marquise cut diamond - colour

Like every diamond, it is a good idea to consider colour when buying a marquise diamond. Marquise diamonds tend to show colour more than most other diamond shapes. For example, a G colour marquise may look closer to an H colour diamond. For this reason, choose the colour of your diamond carefully. 


Marquise cut diamond - symmetry

Symmetry is another thing to consider when buying a marquise diamond. This diamond shape is less forgiving than other shapes and will be easier to spot if it isn't symmetrical. We recommend selecting a diamond with Excellent or Very Good symmetry for this reason.


Marquise cut diamond - length to width ratio

Length to width ratio is another thing you may wish to consider when buying a marquise diamond. The most popular length to width ratios for marquise diamonds are between 1.70-2.15, and it is determined by dividing the length of the diamond by its width. It is good to note that no marquise shape is superior to another, and the one you select should complement your jewellery setting.


Marquise cut diamond - clarity

Diamond clarity, like with all diamonds, is important to consider when choosing a marquise diamond. You will want to consider where inclusions are present within the diamond, as any inclusions in the middle of the stone will be a lot more visible than any at the tips.



Why choose a marquise cut diamond?


marquise diamond engagement ring

There are many reasons to choose a marquise cut diamond. Not only are they beautifully unique, but they are flattering when worn on the finger and can also appear larger than other diamond shapes. A marquise diamond can transform any jewellery piece into something extraordinary. 





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