The marquise cut, somewhat similar to oval and pear shaped diamonds, has pointed ends and elegant, curved sides.
It is the diamond shape with the greatest size per carat weight of all popular cuts, which means that you can find a larger-looking diamond, for the same value.
King Louis XIV of France, who wanted a new diamond shape for the woman he loved – Marquise de Pompadour - commissioned the marquise cut. It is said that he wanted the diamond to be reminiscent of her smile. Because of this, the marquise shape has very romantic connotations.Browse marquise Cut Diamonds ▶
Famous women who have worn the marquise cut include Kate Beckinsale, Catherine Zeta Jones and Victoria Beckham. The cut appeals to those who want a more unique style, but with a clear heritage. Marquise diamonds currently comprise 0.8% of all Ritani diamonds sold.
The marquise shape looks particularly elegant in a French-set band or vintage style halo. Depending on the length to width ratio, a marquise can be slender or wider. A wider diamond may be best for a solitaire setting, while many opt for a diamond halo to fill out the more elongated cuts.
While 'cut' can describe the overall shape of the marquise diamond, it also refers to the quality of the cut. Depending on the length to width ratio, a marquise shaped diamond can appear nearly round, or much longer – a flattering choice for engagement rings.
At Ritani, we only offer marquise shaped diamonds with a cut grade of Good or above. This means you can be assured of finding a diamond with quality proportions, which highlight its unique features.