What are Marquise Diamonds?
The marquise shape diamond is something legends are made of. The story goes that this cut was invented during the 18th-century reign of Louis XIV, allegedly named for his mistress, the Marquise de Pompadour. It is said the marquise diamond shape was inspired by her smile. Distinctive and dramatic, the uniquely tapered cut, which is essentially an oval with rounded sides and points at each end, we suspect reflects the personality of the mistress it was named for. Modern-day versions often have a hexagon-shaped surface with facets on the top and bottom to reflect light and you will find marquise diamonds to be quite rare, under 2% of the world’s diamonds.
This clever cut can also look larger than similar carat weight diamonds, and due to its elongated shape, can make fingers look leaner and more slender if set traditionally in a north south configuration.
Marquise diamonds, because of the illusion of size, are ideal for those looking to maximize budget since diamonds are priced by carat weight. If you are craving a little drama with your engagement ring a marquise diamond might just be for you.
Marquise diamonds are fancy diamonds and have a modified brilliant cut for maximum sparkle.