The Marquise cut, according to legend, is a truly royal cut, the development of which was probably commissioned by the legendary Louis XV of France. However, this fact has not been historically verified. With a Marquise cut engagement ring, attention is guaranteed, because it is as unusual as it is fascinating.

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What characterises the marquise cut in diamonds?

Next to the teardrop cut, the marquise cut is one of the most unusual shapes of a polished diamond. The oval, tapering on both long sides, is reminiscent of the shape of a boat when viewed from above. For this reason, the cut is also known by its second name "navette", which means "small boat" in French.
Marquise engagement ring - An engagement ring with a marquise diamond and surrounding diamonds
Even if the shape does not necessarily suggest it, with its 57 facets including the table (the top of the diamond), the cut is very similar to the round brilliant-cut diamond. Like this, it ensures a particularly high brilliance and impressive fire when viewing the diamond.

The elongated shape of the diamond is also truly flattering to the finger. It visually lengthens the finger and is therefore suitable for both delicate and slightly stronger and wider fingers.

Which variations of engagement rings with a marquise diamond exist?

Its extravagant shape makes the marquise cut perfect for a solitaire diamond in an engagement ring, which attracts all eyes even without additional gemstones.

Very often you will also see variations in the form of an entourage or halo ring, where the marquise diamond at the centre is surrounded by an equally boat-shaped halo of small diamonds and possibly combined with an additional diamond-set ring band.

This type of ring has a particular feature: the pointed corners of a marquise engagement ring are very exposed and therefore susceptible to impact. In a marquise solitaire ring, the setting therefore usually reaches completely around the corners to protect them. This visually striking detail, which is not disturbing, can be cleverly concealed with additional small diamonds.

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What are the features to look for in a Marquise engagement ring?

The elongated shape places high demands on the quality of the diamond. Due to the large table on the top side, small inclusions become visible more quickly than with other cut shapes. No less important is perfect symmetry, which plays an important role in all "fancy cuts".

Furthermore, all elongated facet cuts have a somewhat controversial optical effect called "bow tie". If the diamond is cut a little too thick in the midsection, in order to save valuable material when processing the rough diamond, the light can no longer penetrate and be reflected at the correct angle. This area then appears black and looks like a fly.

In very small amounts, the effect can contribute to the character of the diamond and its appearance. As soon as it is stronger and extends over the entire width of the diamond, it only appears unsightly and distracting.

Good planning and the necessary skill of the cutter can minimize this effect. The process is highly complex because the position of inclusions and the shape of the rough diamond must also be taken into account when cutting the diamond.

Every diamond is different. If you want to buy an engagement ring with a marquise diamond, you should get comprehensive advice in advance. This way you will find a diamond of high quality that meets your requirements.

Are you looking for an engagement ring and need help choosing the perfect diamond? BAUNAT's team of experts will be happy to advise you and look forward to hearing from you.

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