Marquise cut diamonds
The Marquise diamond combines playful charm and historical romance in an elegantly elongated shape.
Back to top
Our guide to Marquise cut diamonds
Our tips for finding the Marquise cut diamond meant just for you.
A Marquise diamond is an elliptical diamond with distinctive points at either end. Its long and narrow shape can make it appear larger than other diamond shapes of the same carat weight. Engagement rings featuring a Marquise-shaped diamond can also make a finger appear longer and more slender. It is considered romantic, whimsical, and historically-inspired.
This shape is also known for its potential “bow-tie" effect, which is a dark shadow that can appear in the center from the face up. The degree of “bow-tie” severity varies and is a matter of personal preference.
When selecting a Marquise-shaped diamond, prioritize cut and color.
Its elongated form will likely maximize carat weight and make it appear larger, meaning carat should be chosen based on budget and personal preference. But this effect is only achieved if the cut is excellent and light can properly enter and exit the diamond.
Color can pool unevenly in an elongated shape like the Marquise, making it appear more concentrated at the tips of the diamond and less so in the center. So take color into consideration, as well as the metal color of the fine jewelry design it will be featured in.
Explore VRAI’s inventory to buy diamonds. Browse the selection of Marquise shaped diamonds and make your selection. Then choose “Purchase without setting” to complete your purchase. Loose VRAI created diamonds of 0.5 carats and more are sold with a Lifetime Warranty, so you can choose your lab-grown diamonds with confidence.
As it is a reflection of your individual style, you should only buy an engagement ring based on personal preference. However, certain styles featuring Marquise-shaped diamonds have proven to be well-loved for years.
A Signature Solitaire or Classic engagement ring setting is a popular way of highlighting the Marquise’s slender, romantic form. But Three Stone engagement rings perhaps best showcase this shapes vintage-inspired appeal and maximized carat weight. A trio of Marquise-shaped diamonds will create a substantial and alluring look.
Halo engagement rings are popular choices for Marquise lovers who want a truly vintage-inspired setting or Art Deco engagement ring. The Signature V is also well-loved for accentuating the Marquise’s defined points.
Frequently asked questions about Marquise Diamonds
In short, yes. A Marquise-shaped diamond can appear larger than other diamond shapes of the same carat weight. This is due to its elongated form. Because it often makes fingers appear longer and more slender, it can also appear larger in contrast when on hand.
Marquise-shaped diamonds were commissioned in the eighteenth century by King Louis XV of France, who wanted a diamond in the shape of his lover’s lips. The object of his desire was the Marquise de Pompadour, who lends her title to the smile-shaped diamond to this day.
The shape is sometimes also referred to as “navette,” the French word for a small boat or gondola.
A Marquise-shaped diamond can be featured in engagement rings as well as fine jewelry designs. When featured in an engagement ring, the diamond is traditionally set in a “North-South” position, meaning the ends point up towards the nail and down towards the hand.
Modern takes on classic designs sometimes feature the Marquise in an “East-West” position, where the diamond appears on its side. VRAI’s Signature East-West Solitaire and Signature East-West Bezel engagement ring are examples of this style.
Because of a Marquise-shaped diamond’s historical context, many consider them perfect for a vintage-inspired setting. Three Stone, Halo, and Bezel engagement rings featuring Marquise-shaped diamonds are timelessly elegant, vintage-inspired designs.
But Marquise is also perfect for modern styles, as well. Hover, Signature V, Hidden Halo, and Two Tone engagement rings are contemporary takes on classic settings, and would highlight a Marquise-shaped diamond’s curves and points to perfection.