Marquise Engagements Rings: Timeless
Marquise engagement rings are stunning to behold. They are oval
shaped diamonds with pointed ends. They typically have a brilliant cut and
features many facets that produce an exceptional luster.
The History of the Marquise Cut
The marquise cut is believed to have origins in 18th century
France. According to legend, King Louis XV instructed the court jewelers to
design a marquise diamond ring to complement the smile of the Marquise de
Pompadour, who was his mistress. The accuracy of this story is debatable, but
it does link this luxuriously styled cut to the aristocracy; the word
“marquise” is the feminine version for “marquess,” which is a noble title that
ranks between a duke and an earl.
Proportions and Settings
The typical proportions for these elongated, elliptically
fashioned diamonds are 1.75-2.25 to 1. The perfect ratio for a marquise
engagement rings are thought to be 2 to 1 with the width of the stone roughly
half the length. Its carat weight is accentuated by the lengthy, elegant cut. Marquise
stones are most frequently vertically (north-south) set and sometimes
horizontally (east-west) set. In order to protect the pointed ends, rings with marquise
cut stones typically have a setting with v-shaped claws. An increased number of
crown facets are sometimes added to offset the potential for reduced color in
the center of the stone due to its long slender form, which is sometimes
referred to as the “bow-tie” effect.
Is a Marquis Cut Engagement Ring Right for You?
With its elegant shape, marquise cut diamonds can easily be
considered the most regal of them all, and are often the choice of royalty. The
elongated look of the stone can be very complementary and make a woman’s fingers
appear more slender. Marquis cut diamonds have a big surface area and can seem
larger than their actual carat weight, making it easier to buy a less expensive
ring with a smaller stone that still looks big to the eye. In addition, rings
with this cut are dainty in nature and it is unusual to see stone with this cut
in male jewelry. If these characteristics are appealing, a marquis ring is the
This type of cut is not only a favorite for engagement
rings, but also other kinds of rings as well. Precious stones like sapphires
and rubies are sometimes cut in a marquise shape for rings. Tanzanite, garnet,
topaz and alexandrite are other gems that may
Any woman would be proud to wear a marquise diamond ring.
They have a beauty and style that can only be matched by the lady hersel.