Marquise Cut Diamond Shape
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The marquise cut diamond (also called, the "navette" cut diamond) is an elongated shape with pointed ends.
The cut was developed for France's Louis XIV who, so enchanted by the fetching smile of the Marquise de Pompadour,
commissioned the development of a diamond to match the smile.
The marquise cut is gorgeous when used as a solitaire or when surrounded by smaller diamonds and gemstones.
Choosing a Marquise Cut Diamond
When purchasing a marquise cut diamond online, be sure to check width and length. The length/width ratio is the number
that tells you how "skinny" or "fat" the diamond is when viewed from the top.
For a traditional marquise cut, select a diamond in that falls in
the 1.75 - 2.25 length/width ratio.
Our minimum recommendations for buying marquise cut diamonds are as follows (please remember these
recommendations are opinion only, and your tastes may vary):
- Cut: Good
- Color: H
- Clarity: SI1
- Depth Percentage: 57-69%
- Table Percentage: 51-65%
- Length-Width Ratio: 1.75 - 2.25
Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
While not the traditional selection, marquise cut diamonds are an elegant stand out from the more common round brilliant generally
selected for engagement rings (either as a solitaire or with accent stones).
Marquise cut diamonds require specialized settings — particularly with added prongs to protect the points of the diamond.
The example here shows a six prong setting. Four prongs support the bulk of the diamond and the two additional prongs support and
protect the fragile point.
Hand-Selected Marquise Cut Diamonds
To give you some ideas of what's available for a marquise cut diamond ring, we've preselected a range of certified marquise cut diamonds for you to
examine (all from James Allen and
Blue Nile, two premiere diamond stores). Except for the "Bargain Basement" selections, these diamonds are within
our minimum requirements as listed above and are suitable for solitaire settings or settings with accent stones.
*PLEASE NOTE: All "Bargain Basement" diamonds fall below our minimum specification standards in one or more categories.
Where to buy Marquise Cut Diamonds
For online purchase of marquise cut diamonds, we recommend: