Perfect for anyone seeking an alternative to the traditional brilliant round diamond, the marquise is a unique elliptical cut with pointed ends. Popular among French nobility and really shooting to popularity during the Art Deco Era, this shape has endlessly charming vintage style (and is definitely a AB fave)! Paired with halos, baguettes, and other side stone arrangements, our hand-picked collection of vintage marquise diamond engagement rings offers a stunning variety!
The Romantic History Of The Marquise Diamond
With an intriguing, romantic history, vintage marquise cut diamonds are the perfect stone for any engagement ring! The marquise diamond dates back to the 18th century when King Louis XV of France commissioned a new cut to remind him of his mistress’ lips. This mistress’ name was Jean Antionette Poisson. She became the Marquise de Pompadour when she was invited to the King’s court after charming the him at a costume ball, thus inspiring the name of the new cut!
Among noblemen, a marquise is above a count and below a duke. While the marquise diamond was originally worn to indicate this rank, it quickly gained popularity among other members of the nobility and was paired with precious gemstones such as emeralds or sapphires. The marquise diamond is also known as the navette—the French word for “little boat”—because of its unique shape.
Reasons To Love Marquise Cut Diamonds!
This unique diamond cut is perfect for an engagement ring because it stands out and the shape is so elegant! Here are just a few other reasons to love the marquise cut:
- Makes your finger appear slender and elegant
- Offers superior balance and symmetry
- Looks lovely with a little bit of color!
Browse our collection of vintage marquise diamond engagement rings from the Edwardian, Art Deco, and Retro eras to find even more to love about this magnificent cut!
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