Men, who buy an engagement ring for their beloved, rarely choose a marquise cut diamond, also called “shuttle”. It is one of the least popular forms of diamonds. A marquise has an elliptical shape (56 facets) with two pointed ends. And although this form is less sought after than the brilliant and princess-cut, the marquise is just as beautiful.
The marquise cut diamond dates from the 18th century when the French king Louis XV asked a jeweler to cut a diamond that resembled the mouth of his mistress Jean Antoinette Poisson, better known as Madame de Pompadour. Over time, the shape of the diamond evolved towards the marquise we know today.
The name refers to the marquise, rank of nobility between a duke and a count, and comes from the fact that the courtiers were wearing a marquise-sized diamond in order to show their rank. This form of diamond is also called a shuttle, which means small vessel in French because it has the shape of a boat. And even though it was originally a waist method for diamonds, it is often used to cut precious stones such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds.
Advice when buying a marquise cut diamond
Purchasing an engagement ring with a marquise cut diamond is one of the possibilities, but this shape is beautiful in any type of jewelry. Here are some important tips when buying a marquee:
- The long, narrow shape of the marquise makes the finger longer and thinner. If you are considering buying an engagement ring for your love, it is better to think about the shape of your fingers. Thus, a marquise is ideal for women with rather short fingers.
- The pointed ends of a marquise cut diamond are susceptible to damage. Always make sure that the corners of the diamond are protected by a V-shaped end with a V-claw on the spindle. The two pointed ends of the marquise must be perfectly symmetrical. The smallest imperfection affects the appearance of the diamond.
- The antique look and slim shape mean that many buyers like a marquise-sized diamond with a slightly tan white color, for example I or J, rather than a colorless marquise.
- The narrow form of the marquise might have the effect of a less colorful center of the diamond. With a well cut marquise, this effect will be less visible due to the brightness of the facets.