Marquise Cut Diamonds: Expert Buying Guide

Alicia Briggs & Kimberly Zerkel | January 04, 2024

A Marquise cut diamond is a whimsical and romantic diamond shape commonly chosen for engagement rings. Marquise cut diamonds have an elongated form and maximize carat weight, which makes them an enduring choice, but are they right for you?

VRAI diamond experts, Queena Chang and Grace Taylor, are well-versed in the many details that set this remarkable shape apart. Read on for their expert advice on Marquise diamonds and what to know before buying a Marquise VRAI created diamond.

What Is a Marquise Cut Diamond?

A Marquise cut diamond is “essentially a longer oval shape with points on each side, creating an elegant silhouette,” explains VRAI Diamond Expert, Queena Chang. The Marquise cut has a total of 58 facets and a brilliant cut.

The Marquise is a historic and unique diamond cut that’s popular for engagement rings and fine jewelry.

Marquise Cut History & Meaning

The Marquise cut has a long and storied history that dates back to the eighteenth century. “The Marquise originated from King Louis XV commissioning a jeweler to cut a unique shape that could be matched to the lips of his lover, Marquise de Pompadour,” recounts Chang.

The resulting cut was later named the Marquise cut after the Marquise de Pompadour. It became popular in Europe and eventually spread to other parts of the world. The Marquise cut is also sometimes called the Navette cut, which is French for “little ship.”

Due to its origins, the Marquise cut symbolizes romance and royalty. It’s no surprise that the Marquise has been popular for centuries for engagement rings. Few diamond shapes are linked to such a sensual love story.

Several celebrities have chosen Marquise cut diamond engagement rings, further associating Marquise diamonds with famous lovers. Victoria Beckham’s first engagement ring was a 3.0ct Marquise diamond. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Portia de Rossi both have Marquise halo engagement rings.

The most famous Marquise diamond ring belonged to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She even owned two Marquise rings. Her 40.42ct Marquise cut engagement ring was given to her by her second husband, Aristotle Onassis. It’s one of the most expensive engagement rings of all time. Kennedy also redesigned her famous Toi et Moi engagement ring from her marriage to John F. Kennedy. She replaced the Baguette side stones with Marquise diamonds.

Marquise Cut Diamonds Pros and Cons

Before purchasing a Marquise cut diamond, consider the following pros and cons.


  • Unique & Historic
  • Appears the largest face-up
  • Romantic meaning
  • Elongates & slims fingers
  • Eye-catching brilliance


  • Harder to find
  • Fragile, pointed tips
  • Possible bow tie effect

What Is Special About a Marquise Diamond?

One of the most notable features of a Marquise cut is its elongated elliptical shape that makes it stand out and appear larger than other diamond cuts.

Why Don’t People Like Marquise Diamonds?

Marquise diamonds are a popular and historic diamond shape, but Marquise’s have a distinct, elongated shape that some people don’t like.

What to Know Before Buying a Marquise Diamond

Consider the diamond 4Cs when choosing a Marquise cut diamond to find a quality diamond that meets your preferences and budget.

VRAI’s Sr. Director of Sales & CX, Grace Taylor, provides expert advice below on what to consider when buying a Marquise diamond.

Marquise Diamonds & Cut

“Because of its elongation, the cut is supremely important in a Marquise. You want to ensure that you have an optimal cut so that there isn’t a dark bowtie effect in the center of the diamond. This is a common pitfall of elongated shapes that aren't cut to exacting standards,” explains Taylor.

VRAI only offers excellent cut Marquise diamonds. We don’t recommend buying a Marquise cut diamond with anything less than an excellent cut grade.

Marquise Diamonds & Color

“For color, like any brilliant cut, a Marquise will start to show some visible warmth in the I/J color range. If you're opting for a cool metal tone like platinum or white gold you'll want to stay in the colorless range for your Marquise,” suggests Taylor.

“You’ll also want to ensure that the color is evenly distributed throughout the stone,” Taylor continues. “The faceting changes from the center to the tip of elongated shapes, so you'll sometimes see color pooling in the end points of a Marquise. Make sure that, no matter the color grade you choose, the color appears even throughout.”

Marquise Diamonds & Carat

“Due to its elongation, Marquise diamonds will face up large on the finger. They are long and shallow stones, so the weight of the diamond will show in its length,” explains Taylor. “Make sure that you choose a size that fits comfortably on your finger. If you have smaller hands or shorter fingers, a Marquise will take up a lot of surface area between your knuckles.”

It’s easy to save on carat weight with Marquise diamonds. Many shoppers prefer to choose a Marquise diamond between 1.0-2.0 carats for engagement rings, as higher carat weights may look too long on their finger.

Marquise Diamonds & Clarity

“Marquise’s are forgiving when it comes to clarity because they are more faceted than a step cut shape. A VS2 clarity or higher is advised for Marquise diamonds,” advises Taylor. “You'll also find decent options as low as SI1. Just make sure that you're reviewing the highly magnified video to verify that the inclusions aren't too apparent when you get into that lower range.”

Marquise Diamond “Bow-Tie” Effect

The "bow-tie effect" is when a shadow or darker area appears in the shape of a bow tie in the center of the diamond. This effect is caused by the way light reflects off the pavilion (the bottom part) of the diamond. It’s more commonly seen in diamonds that have a shallow or poorly cut pavilion.

The bow-tie effect can impact the overall appearance of a Marquise and may make it appear less bright. To minimize the bow-tie effect, it’s important to choose a Marquise cut diamond with a well-cut pavilion. This will allow the diamond to reflect light more evenly and effectively.

Best Ratio for Marquise Cuts

The correct ratio ensures that your Marquise diamond has its coveted elliptical shape. The wrong ratio can make a Marquise look too wide or too long.

“Our fourth-generation master diamond cutters have chosen a ratio of 2.0 for our Marquise diamonds. This means that they are the most elongated shape in our entire collection,” says Taylor. “While you'll find marquise diamonds with a variety of ratios, a 2.0 ratio is going to ensure that your marquise can't be mistaken for another similar shape, like an oval.”

Marquise Cut Diamonds Price

The price of a 1-carat VRAI created Marquise cut diamond starts at $1,000 at the time of publication. Marquise diamond prices will vary based on the quality and size.

In general, Marquise diamonds are often more affordable than other diamond shapes since they are less commonly chosen.

Are Marquise Diamonds More Expensive Than Round?

Marquise cut diamonds are usually less expensive than Round Brilliant cut diamonds of the same diamond grade and carat weight. This is because Round Brilliant cut diamonds are the most popular diamond shape, and Marquise cuts can utilize more of the rough diamond than Rounds.

How to Buy a Marquise Cut Diamond

It’s easy to buy a quality Marquise VRAI created diamond online or in person at a VRAI showroom.

To buy a loose Marquise diamond online:

  1. Browse our full inventory of Marquise diamonds. Use the filters to narrow down your choices based on your preferred price, carat weight, cut, color, and clarity grade.

  2. Select each diamond to view the diamond details, photos, and certification.

  3. Once you have found a diamond that you love, click “Purchase without a setting” and proceed to checkout.

Buying Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Marquise cut diamond engagement rings are popular for a variety of reasons. Shoppers love their elongated shape, which makes the Marquise appear larger and slims the wearer's fingers.

People also love the romantic history of a Marquise cut. This can make Marquise engagement rings desirable for couples who appreciate traditional styles and timeless beauty.

You can purchase a Marquise diamond engagement ring from VRAI on our website or at a VRAI showroom. Browse on your own, or book a complimentary appointment with a VRAI diamond expert.

Booking an appointment allows you to discuss your preferences and budget with a trained diamond specialist. They will help you select the perfect Marquise engagement ring based on your wants and needs for a seamless ring shopping experience.

To buy your Marquise engagement ring online:

  1. Start by exploring our full inventory of engagement ring settings. Tap the Marquise diamond icon to view the settings available for Marquise’s.

  2. Select your preferred ring setting and then choose your center Marquise diamond.

  3. Once you’ve chosen your center diamond, select each available custom ring detail (band style, metal color, ring size, etc.).

  4. Add the ring to your cart and proceed to checkout.

All VRAI engagement rings come with a Full Lifetime Warranty. We guarantee the quality of every Marquise VRAI created diamond.

Best Settings for a Marquise Diamond Ring

Due to the historic silhouette of a Marquise diamond, a vintage-inspired setting will always look stunning for a Marquise engagement ring. The best setting for a Marquise diamond ring is one that matches your style and covers the two pointed tips of a Marquise.

“Since Marquise diamonds have so much personality to them, I love Solitaire engagement ring settings to let the diamond speak for itself,” says Chang. “If you want a Marquise with a little more finger coverage on the sides, I love a Three Stone engagement ring with Round side stones. They add a softness to balance the center diamond. The East-West Signature is also a fun option to consider.”

Shop VRAI Created Marquise Cut Diamonds

Discover VRAI’s full inventory of Marquise cut diamonds, grown in the world’s first zero-emission foundry. VRAI lab-grown diamonds are Carbon Neutral Certified and expertly cut and polished by our in-house master diamond cutters.

When you choose a VRAI Marquise cut diamond, you’re selecting a stunning, certified diamond that shines as bright as your values.

Marquise Cut Diamonds FAQs

Read on for further answers to questions about Marquise cut diamonds.

Are Marquise Diamonds Out of Date?

Marquise diamonds are not out of date - they are simply unique. The Marquise is a historic, enduring diamond shape that has consistently been worn throughout history.

What Does a Marquise Diamond Ring Say About You?

Choosing a Marquise diamond says that you’re unique, not afraid to stand out, and a true romantic. The marquise cut also has a unique and elegant appearance that sets it apart from other diamond cuts. This makes it an attractive choice for people looking for something a little different.

Are Marquise Diamonds Popular Now?

Marquise diamonds are timeless and always in style, but they aren’t necessarily a popular shape. Marquise cuts are unique and rare. Despite being fashionable and beloved, it’s less common to see people wearing Marquise diamonds.

What Personality Is a Marquise Diamond Ring?

A Marquise diamond ring has a romantic personality with an elegant yet bold vintage-inspired appearance.

Is Marquise a Good Diamond Shape?

A Marquise diamond is a great diamond shape if you’re searching for a unique, elongated diamond with undeniable brilliance. Marquise cut diamonds are not as common as other shapes and they appear larger than they are. This makes them a great choice for shoppers on a tighter budget as well.

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  • Personalized guidance to select your ring
  • In-depth diamond 4C education
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  • Custom design options

Speak with our diamond experts and enjoy:

  • Personalized guidance to select your ring
  • In-depth diamond 4C education
  • Exclusive in-store fittings or virtual try-ons
  • Custom design options