Aside from giving the stone its shape, the cut of a diamond or gemstone determines a stones brilliance. The marquise cut is an elongated oval with two pointed ends and 56 or 58 facets for maximum fire and brilliance. There are a wide range of marquise cut proportions but a 2:1 length to width ratio is ideal. The marquise cut was created in 1745, commissioned by France’s King Louis XV, and was favored by French royalty. This cut is also known as the navette cut and sometimes referred to as boat or football shaped.
With a royal history, marquise cuts typically lend themselves to an antique-inspired ring, however in recent years more brides are setting them horizontally or east-west for an alternative look. Long and slender stones lend to a more angular, sharp look while wider stones look more rounded and curvy. Watch the video for more marquise cut design tips.
See some of the rings we’ve designed using marquise cuts to get inspired.
Marquise cut engagement rings are a good choice for those that want a unique, vintage-inspired look. If you want a lot of sparkle and a nontraditional shape, this is a good bet. Marquise are also good for those who want a lot of sparkle, and for people who want the largest looking shape for their budget. Marquise cut rings are not a good choice for those with active lifestyles or those that work with their hands or are rough on their jewelry.
So you’ve figured out your stone cut. Now, to halo or not to halo?
Depending on your rings style, a round cut can go classic, vintage, or alternative.
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