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What is a marquise-cut diamond?

The marquise diamond has a romantic backstory – this pointed oval shape was first commissioned by King Louis XV of France to resemble the lips of his lover, Madame de Pompadour. The elegant, elliptical shape looks beautiful in a minimal solitaire setting that highlights its dramatic silhouette.

A marquise cut can make a diamond appear larger than similar stones of the same carat weight, so is a good option if you're working within a budget. Symmetry is paramount to ensure the two pointed ends are perfectly aligned, otherwise it can create a bow-tie effect. The sharp ends can also be vulnerable to chipping, so consider protecting it with an angled tip or bezel setting.

Discover our selection of marquise-cut diamond engagement rings.