Sophisticated, flattering and full of historical significance, the marquise diamond cut is for those looking for something truly distinctive for their engagement ring. The cut first came from the mid 1700s, when King Louis XV of France commissioned a jeweller to create a diamond that embodied the shape of the lips of his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, which he said were perfect. Let’s take a look at the most popular setting for this irresistible diamond cut.
A simple vertical marquise setting
Christina Milan, Ashley Simpson and Victoria Beckham all sport marquise cut diamond engagement rings with vertical settings, with the diamond length set perpendicular to the band. In this setting, the elegant boat-shaped diamond cut appears larger for its carat weight than equivalent diamonds and its long shape makes fingers look slender, making it one of the most popular marquise diamond ring designs.
Horizontally set marquise bands
A horizontally set marquise diamond sits along the band, rather than sitting perpendicular. Catherine Zeta-Jones was given a horizontally set 10-carat stunner by Michael Douglas, and Ellen DeGeneres proposed to Portia de Rossi with a horizontal marquise diamond ring design. This style can look beautiful with a split band design and it can sit more closely with other rings than the vertical setting.
Split band marquise styles
One way to complement the larger surface size of a marquise cut diamond is to introduce a split band feature that embraces the feature stone more completely. This split band may be left simple or encrusted with a fine line of delicate diamonds. In other styles, a twisted split band provides an extra layer of detail and a soft romantic aspect to the design.
Vintage marquise engagement rings
The marquise cut diamond was highly popular in the 1920s and it gives off a vintage vibe that perfectly suits antique-style engagement rings. Vintage styles can incorporate geometric side stones, elaborate detailing and repeated patterns. If your partner loves the aesthetics of yesteryear, consider giving them a vintage marquise engagement ring.
A marquise diamond set with other gemstones
There’s no reason to stick to one single marquise diamond in your design. Many designs incorporate smaller flawless diamonds set along the band to complement its sparkle, while others use pink diamonds, sapphires or other coloured gemstones to add colour and contrast to the setting.
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