Buying an engagement ring, the marquise cut diamond

Buying an engagement ring, the marquise cut diamond

Men who buy an engagement ring for their beloved, rarely choose a marquise cut diamond, also called navette. It is one of the least popular diamond shapes. A marquise has an elliptical shape (56 facets) with two pointed ends. And although this shape is less sought after than the brilliant and the princess cut , the marquise is equally beautiful.


The marquise cut diamond dates back to the 18th century when the French King Louis XV asked a jeweler to cut a diamond that looked like the lips of his mistress Jean Antoinette Poisson, better known as Madame de Pompadour. Over time, the shape of the diamond developed to the marquise that we know today.

The name refers to the marquise (noble) rank between a duke and an earl, and comes from the fact that courtiers wore a marquise cut diamond to show off their rank. The diamond shape is also called navette, which means small ship in French, because it’s shaped like a boat. And although it was originally a cutting method for diamonds, it is often used to cut gemstones such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds.

Tips when buying a marquise

Buying an engagement ring with a marquise cut diamond is one of the possibilities, but this shape is beautiful in any type of jewel. Here are some important tips when buying a marquise:

  • The long and narrow shape of the marquise makes the ring finger look longer and slimmer. If you are planning to buy an engagement ring for you beloved, you best think about the shape of her fingers. Thus, a marquise is ideal for women with rather short fingers.
  • The sharp ends of a marquise cut diamond are very susceptible to damage. Ensure always that the corners of the diamond are protected by an end V or V-tip prong setting.
  • The two pointed ends of the marquise must be perfectly symmetrical. The smallest imperfection affects the appearance of the diamond.
  • The antique appearance and slim shape make sure that many buyers like a marquise cut diamond with a slightly tanned white colour, for example I or J, above a colourless one.
  • The narrow shape of the marquise could have the effect of a less coloured center of the diamond. With a well cut (important!) marquise, this effect will be less because of the brilliance of the facets.

Are you planning to buy an engagement ring, then we at BAUNAT will guide you through it, whichever diamond shape you prefere.

Author: Thomas vanden Bogaerde

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