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Did you know that the Marquise diamond got its name from royalty many years ago? It’s true! The diamond’s name originated in the French Royal Court. It’s said that Louis XV met Jean Antoinette Poisson at a masked ball in Versailles. He was immediately drawn to her and then made her his chief mistress with a role in his court as the Marquise de Pompadour (also known as Madame de Pompadour). He was in awe of
her lips and believed they were the perfect lips he had ever seen. Then, the king commissioned a royal jeweler to create a diamond shape in the shape of his mistress’ lips, and the Marquise cut was made.
Now that you know the history of this unique, gorgeous diamond cut, let’s chat about the natural Marquise diamond’s shape and what to consider as you select one. Marquise cuts are longer than they are wide - an elegant, elongated gemstone pointed at both ends. The stone needs perfect symmetry to ensure the stone sits appropriately in the setting to minimize chipping or breakage at the two points. Draw an invisible line down the length of the stone. The facets on the right and left halves should be the same shape and size. Draw another imaginary horizontal line - this time across the diamond to examine the facets on the bottom and top halves to ensure they’re symmetrical. The more symmetrical the facets are, the more desirable and beautiful the sparkle will be. Marquise diamonds are good at hiding inclusions. Color will be most noticeable in the diamond’s points.
Couples are drawn to Marquise diamonds for several reasons. It’s an elegant shape that’s flattering on the finger. The elongated shape and pointed ends make the finger look longer and thinner. The unique shape also looks larger face-up than a round diamond of the same weight.
Marquise diamonds are versatile cuts that look mesmerizing in a variety of settings. Popular With Clarity settings for this cut include three-stone rings, classic solitaire, split shank, and halos. These designs let the Marquise diamond shine and draw all of the attention. Browse the different styles and see which ones you’re drawn to. Try creating different engagement rings by selecting different metals (platinum or 14K or 18K yellow, white, or rose gold) and settings. Once you’ve settled on the setting and metal you like, it’s time to select the natural center Marquise diamond. As with all diamonds, consider the 4Cs for quality (color, clarity, cut, and carat). Each natural diamond is special, rare, and stunning. Evaluate each diamond and see which one works best for your preferences.
How did the Marquise cut diamond get its name?
The Marquise cut diamond has a royal history. The diamond’s name originated in the French Royal Court. The story is that Louis XV (b.1710-d.1774) met Jean Antoinette Poisson at a masked ball in Versailles. He was in awe of her and made her his chief mistress with a role in his court as the Marquise de Pompadour (also known as Madame de Pompadour). He was infatuated with her lips and said they were the most perfect lips he had ever seen. The king designated a royal jeweler to create a diamond shape that resembled her lips, and the Marquise cut was made.
Is the Marquise cut a popular choice for lab grown diamond engagement rings?
Marquise cuts are an elegant, unique choice that is popular for lab grown engagement rings. It’s impossible to spot the difference between natural and lab diamonds so that you can get a bigger carat without any compromises.
What factors should I consider when choosing a Marquise cut diamond?
Cut is especially important with Marquise diamonds because the shape is important. It’s a unique cut, and they come in different shapes and sizes. Some Marquise are longer and narrower, while others are shorter and fatter. To determine what type of shape each Marquise is, check out the length-to-width ratio. For a wider cut, look for a lower ratio; for a narrower version, look for a higher ratio. Marquise diamonds typically have a 1.85 to 2.00 ratio, which makes their length around twice the size of their width. This is considered an ideal balance.
Are there specific settings that complement the Marquise cut?
Marquise diamonds are versatile enough to pair well in a variety of settings. Three-stone rings are a popular style because of the look of the lined-up stones on the finger. A newer trend is to set the stone east-west instead of north-south like you typically see.
What are the best metal options for a Marquise cut diamond setting?
Marquise diamonds look stunning with all metals, including platinum, 14K or 18K yellow, rose, or white gold.
Are there any special care considerations for Marquise cut diamonds?
You’ll want to protect the pointed edges from damage. Consider not wearing your diamond ring if you’re working with your hands, playing sports, cleaning the house, or performing any other activities that could potentially chip or scratch your stone.