Delicate and distinctive, a ring with a marquise cut diamond is truly in a league of its own. This fabulous style may have royal roots and retro flair, but it will also feel right at home with any modern taste-maker. If you’re looking for a ring that is both elegant and unexpected, explore our curated collection of antique and vintage marquise cut engagement rings.
The marquise cut originated in France when King Louis was looking for a unique gemstone shape to present to his beloved, Marie Antoinette. Here are some traits to look for in this cut:
- Beautifully Tapered Shape. Marquise cut diamonds and precious gemstones have a distinctive ellipse shape that includes 58 facets. They are sometimes referred to as a “navette,” which means “little boat” in French.
- Perfect Symmetry. In a perfectly cut marquise, the end points perfectly align with each other. Any error in this perfect symmetry will make a marquise cut stone far less desirable.
- Pointed Edges. Because of their slender, pointed ends, marquise cut diamonds are susceptible to chipping. A well-designed ring setting should have special prongs at each end to keep these pointed tips safe from harm.
- Bow-Tie. Just like with pear cut diamonds, the placement of facets in marquise cut diamonds can cause a dark, bow-tie shaped shadow to form in the center. Carefully examine your gemstone in a variety of lights to ensure no shadows hinder its sparkle.
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Marquise cut diamond rings are far more unique and distinctive than pieces featuring round or square diamonds. Shop our collection of vintage marquise cut engagement rings to find the perfect style!