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Frequently asked questions forMarquise Cut Engagement Rings

The Marquise cut diamond is an elegant and elongated beauty, effortlessly turning heads left and right, and taking the engagement ring industry by storm.

But why is the Marquise such a commanding diamond shape for engagement rings? Just consider this- a Marquise cut diamond on your finger, its graceful silhouette draws eyes and commands attention from across the room as it casts off flashes of bright sparkle. We’re in love.

And with the Marquise, size does make a difference. The Marquise cut is designed to maximize the carat weight of the diamond, giving the illusion of a larger stone.

But it's not all about size, my dear. The Marquise cut diamond has a unique shape that adds a touch of drama and flair to your finger. Imagine an oval cut diamond, now imagine what that diamond would look like if, instead of curved edges, it ended in points. That’s the Marquise. In addition to offering one of the biggest face values of all the diamond shapes, the elongated form of a Marquise diamond creates a flattering and elongating effect for your finger, resulting in a look that is oh-so-elegant and slender.

Now, let's talk about sparkle. The Marquise cut is all about maximizing brilliance. With its elegant long shape and 58 facets, this diamond cut catches the light from every angle, creating a dazzling display that will have everyone reaching for their sunglasses. You'll be the talk of the town, not just for your striking beauty, but for the way your engagement ring glistens and shines.

However, there are some drawbacks that you should keep in mind when deciding if a Marquise is the diamond of your dreams. Namely, the pointed ends. Sure, the diamond is the hardest material on earth, however, that doesn’t mean it’s not prone to chipping when not handled with care. And when you have a diamond shape with perfectly pointed ends you can bet your sweet bippy that those tips are in danger. But fear not! Setting your precious Marquise shaped diamond in a bezel or half-bezel setting that protects the tips will help you safeguard against any potential diamond injury. And, for everything else, there’s always engagement ring insurance!

Look, as with any diamond shape, the Marquise cut is a matter of personal preference and style. But if you're looking for a diamond that exudes elegance, creates the illusion of a larger stone, elongates your fingers, and sparkles like nobody's business, then you can’t get any better than a Marquise cut diamond for your engagement ring.

As with other fancy shaped diamonds, Marquise cut diamonds will generally be less expensive than round brilliant cut diamonds. Why?

This is because the shape of a Marquise cut diamond allows for less rough diamond material to be lost. AKA its elongated shape is more economical for a rough diamond. The round brilliant cut, on the other hand, creates the most diamond waste. What's more, diamond cutters are then not able to use up the leftover diamond roughage. More leftover diamonds = higher cost.

Another factor that results in the Marquise's more affordable price point is demand. Round brilliant cut diamonds are the most lusted after diamond shape (they are the standard of diamonds after all) so their cost will reflect that.

When it comes to comparing the cost of Marquise cut diamonds to other fancy shaped diamonds, there are a few factors that come into play.

The most important, of course, are the 4Cs: Cut, color, clarity, and carat. When Marquise diamonds are compared to other fancy shaped diamonds of the same grades, Marquise diamonds fall squarely in the middle of the price pack. You know, thanks to the diamond market, and all that.

But let's go more into depth on those 4Cs for a second. Because, darling, you can’t talk about a diamond’s price without discussing the 4Cs...

Cut: The cut of a diamond is the most important factor when it comes to determining its price. A well-cut diamond will have brilliant facets that reflect light in all directions, making it sparkle and shine like no other. A poorly cut diamond, on the other hand, will not be as brilliant or sparkly and can look duller than a well-cut stone of the same grade. Higher cut grades require higher costs.

Here's the catch though-fancy shaped diamonds don't receive a cut grade. This is because the shapes and cutting techniques of fancy-shaped diamonds are so variable that it is too challenging to establish a universal grading system. Marquises and other fancy diamonds will still receive an assessment with cut grade terms, they just aren't standardized.

Color: A diamond's color grade is reflective of the amount of yellow or brown tones within your diamond. Color grades, DEF are considered the highest (and rarest available) and as such, will command a higher price.

Clarity: When it comes to a diamond's clarity grade, the clearer the costlier. However, most diamond inclusions and blemishes are unable to be seen without a trained eye and 10x magnification. Of the grades, a FL graded diamond will be the most expensive, but (in our opinion) a VVSI graded diamond can be just as good while maintaining affordability.

Carat Weight: Carat weight, refers to the total weight of your diamond. Larger weighted diamonds will fetch higher prices. However, it's important to note that not every diamond shape reflects its carat weight.

It feels like there are a million and one factors that determine a diamonds price but luckily, Marquise diamonds are some of the most affordable and beautiful diamonds on the marketplace.

The Marquise cut is often associated with notions of power, authority, and a strong sense of self. It embodies a sense of confidence and allure that will have heads turning whenever you enter the room. It's like wearing a sparkling emblem of your own identity and embracing the unique aspects that make you irresistible and enchanting.

But that's not all, my darling. The Marquise cut is also revered for its symbolism of passion and romance. And we mean, with its elongated shape and tapered points, it can't help but evoke a graceful sense of movement and desire. It's like a secret message whispered between lovers- a diamond that says, "I am yours, and you are mine, forever entwined in a love story for the ages."

This makes sense, of course, because that's kind of how this beloved diamond style got its shape and name. Legend has it that in 18th century France, good old King Louis XV, fell in love and began an affair with the Marquise de Pompadeur (aka Jean Antoinette Poisson). King Louis was particularly enamored by the Marquises' full lips. So much so that he commissioned a diamond cut inspired by them. And voila, the Marquise cut was born!

A Marquise cut engagement ring holds profound symbolism, easily reflecting power, authority, and an unwavering and strong sense of self. With a captivating shape and doubtless allure, a Marquise engagement ring doesn't need to beg for attention...it receives it endlessly.

A gotta have it kind of ring that's known for symbolizing passion and romance, the Marquise has an elegant elongated shape that ends in two delicate tapering points. The result? A totally graceful ring that declares your shared love and union to the world in totally gorgeous sparkling light.

But how did the Marquise engagement ring actually come to mean this? In fact, it goes all the way back to 18th century France. There King Louis XV fell head over heels in love with the Marquise de Pompadour (hence the name Marquise). Like any good boy, he knew that the best way to describe his everlasting devotion was with a diamond and commissioned a diamond cut to be created that mirrored his mistresses lips. And voila! The Marquise shape was born and with it the symbolism of the Marquise engagement ring.

When adorning a finger, a Marquise engagement ring becomes more than just a piece of jewelry; it becomes a tangible representation of the wearer's unique essence and their profound connection to their beloved. Whether set in a solitaire style or accompanied by a halo of shimmering diamonds, the Marquise cut radiates beauty and elegance, a testament to the extraordinary love shared between two souls.

With its elongated shape and regal silhouette, the Marquise cut diamond deserves an engagement ring setting that truly makes it shine. And while Marquise cuts can look good with just about any setting, there are a few exceptional stand outs.

First, let's talk about the classic solitaire engagement ring setting. Aptly named, a solitaire ring features a single diamond that is often prong or bezel set. This setting allows the uniqueness of the Marquise cut to take center stage, elongating its bold lines and creating a look that is as timeless as it is sophisticated.

If you like the look of a solitaire setting but prefer a little more dazzle you can incorporate playful diamond details like a pave studded shank or hidden halo. This addition of breathtaking sparkle not only enhances the beauty of the center stone but also elevates its allure to dazzling new heights.

Are you a fan of vintage looks? The Marquise cut is also a great choice for those looking to create a vintage inspired ring. Marquise diamonds pair exceptionally well with intricate and ornate settings, such as filigree or milgrain detailing. These decorative elements provide an antique charm and add a touch of romance.

If you are in love with the rich history of the Marquise diamond and want an engagement ring setting that will add to this symbolism-consider the three stone setting. Here, two smaller stones flank the center Marquise diamond and are often said to represent the couples past, present, and future journey.

Do you have an active lifestyle and find yourself using your hands frequently? A modern, bezel setting may be perfect for you. Both contemporary and sleek, bezel settings securely hold the Marquise diamond in place with a metal rim. This setting is particularly apt for a Marquise diamond. Thanks, in part, to its tapered points that are particularly susceptible to chipping with use.

Finally, an architectural split shank setting is a wonderful option for Marquise diamonds, thanks to their light and airy open details. Able to enhance the captivating lines of the cut, a split shank setting features a band that divides as it reaches the center stone. The resulting look offers visual interest and contrast with a touch of individuality.

Of course, these are just a few of our favorite options for Marquise cut rings. Ultimately, the perfect engagement ring setting for you will be dependent on a number of details (and perhaps most importantly) your own personal preferences.

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