Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Rings
Unlike a typical ring cut round or square, marquise cut engagement rings feature an elongated body ending in pointed tips giving the wearer an illusion that they are larger than any other diamonds of equal size in carats. Additionally, the marquise cut may be referred to as the “navette” cut, a French word meaning “little boat”, because its shape mimics that of a small ship. Originally, this shape was only a cut for diamonds, but the shape became popular for other gemstones such as rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.
Although a marquise diamond does not shine the brightest of all the cuts of diamonds, it does have an allure created from its special shape. This sparkle brings a new level of sophistication to the diamond world. A marquise cut diamond engagement ring is particularly flattering as it makes the wearer’s fingers appear longer and slenderer. However, the pointed edges do make chipping more likely.
The marquise cut diamond has a royal origin as it dates back to King Louis XV in the 18th century. His commission of a diamond led to a shape that mimicked the shape of his mistress’s lips. The name “marquise” refers to regality as well. It was considered to be a rank between a count and a duke. These courtiers were commonly seen showing off their marquise diamonds in order to flaunt their rank in society. This regal and historical connection brings a fascination and appeal to the modern bride, as seen by the plethora of celebrities proudly displaying a marquise engagement ring on their left hand. Because of the antiquity of the ring’s history, many buyers prefer to add a tint of color instead of purchasing the typical colorless diamond.
When purchasing a marquise diamond engagement ring, Cut remains most important out of the Four C’s (Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat). Buyers should be careful of the bowtie cut, a slightly broader body than that of the marquise cut, which creates large dark spot in the middle of the stone resembling a bowtie. Buyers should also avoid the football cut, a body that is too narrow to be considered marquise, because the radiance is significantly lowered. The perfect marquise cut has enough surface space for light to properly reflect without causing the bowtie effect.
History & Origin of Marquise Cut Engagement Rings
The history of the marquise cut is very unique compared to other diamond cuts. In the 18th century, King Louis XV reigned over France. During this time, the king spent a lot of time with Jeanne Antionette Poisson. She was historically known as the Marquise de Pompadour. She ruled France as the Chief’s mistress for a long time, 20 years to be exact.
This woman had a huge influence on French style during these 20 years, in so many different aspects. The arts, fashion, entertainment, architecture, and even politics were influenced by her. She was the very last Chief Mistress that a French King had.
Her intellect and artistic abilities are what originally caught the King’s eyes, and captured his heart. In addition to her mind and heart, the King loved her smile as well. Her smile alone is what inspired the elegant marquise cut gemstone. This is what gave the Marquise cut its royal status. It is also extremely feminine, which makes sense since it was inspired by a woman’s lips.
Marquise is the feminine form of the word marquess in French. Some people, especially in French-speaking countries, call the marquise cut “navette.” This French word translates to “little ship.”
Popular Settings for Marquise Cut Engagement Rings
The Marquise cut can be set in many different styles depending on personal preference. However, when choosing a setting, you have to take the stone into consideration, due to its pointed tips. If you aren’t mindful of the stone, the setting you choose might make it difficult to preserve and protect the marquise cut diamond.
Here are some popular setting options that take the safety of the stone into consideration:
V-Tip Prongs - Settings that feature a V-prong are very protective for the diamond. It covers both tips of the diamond entirely, providing maximum protection. Not all styles can incorporate V-Tip Prongs though. For example, a tension setting cannot. Both two v-prongs or four standard type prongs will work for providing protection.
Bezel Settings - Bezel settings are amazing because they truly do the best job at highlighting the interesting and elegant shape and style of the diamond. The bezel provides the diamond with a metal halo that goes around the entire diamond, which provides protection to not only the tips of the diamond but also the sides of it. Even though bezel settings are typically used for other diamonds (especially round brilliant ones), this setting fits perfectly with a marquise diamond. The bezel setting can work for either horizontal or vertical marquise cut diamonds.
Solitaire Settings - The classic solitaire setting will never get old. You can combine the solitaire setting with a bezel setting around the diamond to provide it with even more elegance and protection. You can have small accent diamonds on the solitaire ring as well to amplify the drama that this ring comes with.
Halo Setting - We can’t forget about the beautiful halo setting. Halo settings have the perfect frame for the marquise cut diamond. It’s a gorgeous way to provide the ring with more protection while adding elegance and beauty at the same time. Diamond halos add more sparkle, and they can really give a ring a vintage-inspired look if that’s what you’re going for.
Marquise Cut Diamond Pricing
When buying a marquise cut diamond, it’s important to consider the fact that marquise cuts have been known to show more inclusions (and more color too) than other cuts, especially brilliant cuts. It’s not uncommon to see inclusions in the center facets of the ring. These are generally much larger than any inclusions that would be in the pointed end areas of the diamond. At the pointed end facets, it’s much easier to hide inclusions and harder to see them.
Another thing to consider is that if you don’t choose the right setting that provides protection, your diamond can be chipped easily. The pointed ends are prone to chipping and damage if they are just left as is. When buying a marquise cut diamond, pay attention to symmetry. The two ends of the diamond should be perfectly aligned with each other. Any defects or problems with the symmetry can have a negative effect on the diamond’s overall equilibrium. It won’t look as balanced either. The symmetry should be excellent, or at least in the “very good” grade.