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Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Legends tell us the ultra-feminine marquise shape was commissioned by French King Louis XIV to resemble the delicate lips of his mistress, a marquise herself, Madame du Pompadour. The dainty cut looks like the elegant oval, but has the ends more pointed, similar to that on the pear-shaped diamond. Anyone looking to make a statement with their diamond may find the glamourous marquise diamond to be their first choice. The way in which the stone is cut allows it to look larger than its actual carat size and presents a classic vibe even when set in a modern mounting. Vive la Marquise!

Marquise diamonds have enjoyed pride of place in the bridal jewelry category for a long time. There’s something about their feminine shape that makes these diamonds ideally suited for engagement ring and bridal jewelry. We’ve seen some eternity bands elegantly crafted using marquise diamonds all around. Just wow. Modern diamond lovers are setting marquise diamonds in an east-west orientation for a modern twist on this ancient diamond shape. Set this way, it looks like a diamond eye winking alluringly out to the viewer. Make sure you don’t overlook the marquise diamond shape with its great potential. It might just inspire you.

This diamond shape has a rich history and one you’ll find yourself sharing over and over if you choose a marquise shape stone. Created by French King Louis VX to commemorate the Royal Mistress’ delicate lips, the Marquise is said to be the outline of Madame du Pompadour’s lovely lips. A slender elongated diamond shape, the Marquise ends in pointed tips resembling the edge of closed lips. While originally it was all the rage in France where everyone who was anyone had to have marquise shaped diamonds, it still has legions of fans today.

From its inception, the Marquise was worn on the finger lengthwise, which gave a slim, graceful look to the hands. Modern fans of the Marquise shaped diamond often have their stone set in an east-west orientation for a completely different take on this regal stone shape.

Diamond polishers seem to get much more creative when cutting a Marquise shape diamond. So, you’ll discover a great range of length to width ratios on this stone shape. It remains one of the classic solitaire shapes for engagement rings, whether it’s a stand alone stone or set with accent stones on the side or down the shank of the ring. You probably didn’t know this, but the Marquise shape stone’s unique shape makes it look much larger than its actual carat size. Yay!

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