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Collection: Marquise Cut Engagement Rings

Regal, sophisticated and individual, the marquise cut diamondis also known as “Navette” meaning little boat in French. Choose a marquise cut lab grown diamond or premium grade moissanite engagement ring to stand out from the crowd.


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Marquise Shape Engagement Rings

Due to the long nature of the marquise diamond shape, it is beloved for having a flattering, slenderising effect on the fingers when set in the traditional orientation of North-South. This unique cut diamond looks beautifully elegant upon the finger when set in an engagement ring.

The marquise cut is characterised by its elongated shape, with pointed ends and curved sides. It typically has 58 facets, which maximises the stone's brilliance and sparkle. This unique shape is also known as “navette”, meaning little boat in french.

Our collection of marquise diamond engagement rings are meticulously crafted by hand to the highest standards, offering exquisite quality and sparkle. We offer a choice of both lab grown diamonds that come with a full diamond grading report from the IGI, GIA or GCAL or our signature gemstone, the Ethica Diamond. 

A sleek and seductive design, the perfect marquise cut diamond should always be cut in a 2:1 aspect ratio, meaning it must be twice as long as it is wide to have the proper aesthetic effect.

The marquise cut diamond engagement ring has a long and rich history. The marquise cut, also known as the navette-cut, was first created in the 18th century during the reign of Louis XV of France. It is named after the Madame de Pompadour, a prominent mistress of Louis XV, who was said to have commissioned a diamond cut in the shape of her lips.

Throughout history, the marquise cut diamond engagement ring has been favoured by royalty, celebrities, and individuals who appreciate its elegance and distinctive look. It gained popularity during the Art Deco era of the 1920s and 1930s, with its elongated shape complementing the geometric and architectural designs of the time.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of marquise cut diamond engagement rings. Celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paris Hilton, Ashlee Simpson, Mariah Carey and Elizabeth Taylor have chosen a marquise cut diamond for their engagement rings. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a marquise cut diamond?

A Marquise cut diamond, also known as the navette cut, is a diamond with a distinctive elongated shape and pointed ends. It is characterised by its boat-like appearance, resembling a boat or an eye shape when viewed from the top.

The Marquise cut diamond has a long, narrow profile, with its length typically being twice its width. It is known for its elegant and elongating effect on the finger, making it a popular choice for engagement rings and other jewellery pieces.

The Marquise cut diamond has a total of 58 facets, similar to a Round Brilliant cut diamond, which helps maximise its brilliance and sparkle. The diamond's elongated shape and the positioning of its facets allow for a great amount of light to be reflected, resulting in a dazzling appearance.

How do I choose a marquise cut diamond? 

When choosing a Marquise cut diamond, there are several factors to consider:

1. Cut: Look for a Marquise cut diamond that has a good to excellent cut grade. This will ensure that the diamond has the optimal proportions and symmetry for maximum brilliance and sparkle.

2. Length-to-width ratio: Marquise cut diamonds come in a range of length-to-width ratios, from long and narrow to short and wide. The most popular length-to-width ratio is around 1.75-2.25, but the choice depends on your personal preference. Consider the size of the diamond and the shape that looks best on your hand.

3. Colour: For Marquise cut diamonds, colour is less noticeable compared to other diamond shapes. However, it's still important to choose a colour grade that appeals to you. Consider opting for a diamond within the near-colourless range (E-G) to ensure a good balance between colour and value.

4. Clarity: Look for a Marquise cut diamond with a clarity grade of VS1 or higher. This means that any inclusions or blemishes will only be visible under magnification and will not affect the diamond's beauty or durability.

5. Bowtie effect: Pay attention to the presence of a bowtie effect in the Marquise cut diamond. A bowtie effect refers to a dark, bowtie-shaped area in the centre of the diamond, which can affect its overall appearance. It's best to choose a Marquise cut diamond with minimal or no visible bowtie effect.

6. Symmetry: Marquise cut diamonds require good symmetry to ensure an even and balanced shape. Look for a Marquise cut diamond with proportional, symmetric lobes, and make sure the points at each end align properly.

7. Setting: Consider the type of setting you plan to use for your Marquise cut diamond. The setting can affect the overall appearance and durability of the diamond. Be sure to choose a setting that securely holds the diamond while showcasing its unique shape.

Does a marquise cut diamond have a bow tie?

Yes, Marquise cut diamonds can sometimes exhibit a bow tie effect. The bow tie effect refers to a dark area that resembles the shape of a bow tie across the centre of the diamond. This is caused by the way light interacts with the facets and can vary in intensity depending on the specific cut and proportions of the diamond.

However, not all Marquise cut diamonds have a noticeable bow tie effect. Optimal proportions and symmetry can mitigate the appearance of the bow tie effect, resulting in a more balanced and desirable diamond.

When selecting a Marquise cut diamond, it is recommended to assess the presence and visibility of the bow tie effect. Look for diamonds that display minimal or no bow tie effect when viewed from different angles and lighting conditions. A Ethica, we will provide expert advice and help you select a Marquise cut diamond that minimises the bow tie effect while maximising the diamond's brilliance and beauty.

What's the best length to width ratio recommended for a marquise cut diamond?

When selecting a Marquise cut diamond, the recommended length to width ratio is typically between 1.75 and 2.25. This means that the length of the diamond is 1.75 to 2.25 times the width of the diamond. 

However, the choice of length to width ratio ultimately depends on personal preference. A longer, narrower Marquise cut diamond will have a more elongated appearance, while a shorter, wider diamond will appear more rounded. 

Choosing the right length to width ratio is about finding the balance that appeals to you aesthetically and complements the style of the ring you plan to set the Marquise cut diamond in.

What's the best ring style for a marquise cut diamond?

When choosing a ring style for a Marquise cut diamond, there are several options to consider. Here are some popular choices:

Solitaire setting: A solitaire setting is a classic and timeless choice that showcases the beauty and unique shape of a Marquise cut diamond. This setting features a single diamond mounted on a simple band, allowing the diamond to take centre stage.

Halo setting: A halo setting is a popular choice for Marquise cut diamonds. It features a centre Marquise diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds or gemstones, creating a dazzling halo effect. This style enhances the overall brilliance and size of the diamond.

Three-stone setting: A three-stone setting features a Marquise cut diamond as the centre stone, flanked by two smaller stones on either side. This setting represents the past, present, and future, and offers a unique and elegant look.

Split shank setting: A split shank setting is a stylish and contemporary choice. It features a band that splits as it approaches the centre diamond, creating a modern and eye-catching look. The split shank setting adds visual interest and complements the elongated shape of a Marquise cut diamond.

Vintage setting: If you prefer a vintage-inspired look, consider a vintage-style setting with intricate details such as filigree, milgrain, or engraving. These vintage-style settings can enhance the romantic and elegant appeal of a Marquise cut diamond.

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