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Everything You Need to Know About Marquise Cut Diamonds 

Mia, 1 ct Marquise Lab Diamond image

Mia, 1 ct Marquise Lab Diamond

The elegant shape and bright sparkle of the marquise cut have charmed people since the eighteenth century. This cut is rich in royal history, and has beauty to match. Marquise cut diamonds are uncommon brilliant cut stones. These diamonds are valued for their flattering, elongated look.

What is a Marquise cut diamond?

<span>The Marquise cut diamond is a classic style with noble roots.</span> image
The Marquise cut diamond is a classic style with noble roots.

A Marquise cut diamond is defined by its narrow, elongated shape with tapered ends. This cut displays 58 facets, with a pattern similar to that of a round brilliant cut diamond. The Marquise cut is a classic style with noble roots that is coming back into popularity.

History of the Marquise cut

In the eighteenth century, King Louis XV of France wanted a diamond cut in the shape of his mistress’ lips. His mistress was none other than the famous Madame du Pompadour, whose lips inspired an entirely new diamond shape. Over time, the cut has evolved as diamond science and cutting techniques have improved to become the cut we know today.

Why choose a Marquise cut diamond?

Mia, 1 ct Marquise Lab Diamond image

Mia, 1 ct Marquise Lab Diamond

Marquise cut diamonds appear larger than other cuts of the same carat weight. This is because they are more shallow and are elongated, so they show more of their carat weight. Thanks to the Marquise cut making your diamond look larger, it offers great finger coverage for a more affordable price.

In addition to finger coverage, the shape of Marquise cut diamonds makes the fingers appear slender and lengthy. Marquise cut diamonds look extremely flattering on the hand.

Marquise cut diamonds cost less than round brilliant cut diamonds of the same carat weight due to the way it is cut, but still offer serious sparkle and style.

How to choose a Marquise cut diamond?

Textured Twig, 1 ct Marquise Moissanite image

Textured Twig, 1 ct Marquise Moissanite

Marquise cut diamonds come in different length-to-width ratios. Some people like the look of a more slender, long Marquise, while others choose shorter, wider versions.

Since Marquise cut diamonds are shallower than other cuts, color becomes more important. Choosing a higher color grade ensures that even at the shallowest points of the diamond, like the tapered ends, the gem will look clear.


For those in search of a unique diamond that catches the eye with its shape and sparkle, a Marquise diamond is the perfect choice. The Marquise is a historic cut with modern twists that flatters the hand that wears it.

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