The marquise cut is one of the most elegant and beautiful gemstone cuts. This style has become one of the most popular gemstone designs. Read on and learn more about the history of the marquise cut and view a selection of pieces from our collection.
The marquise cut was created in 1745 for the Marquise de Pompadour, King Louis XVI's mistress. Its narrow shape was said to resemble the Marquise's mouth. This stone is known for its incredible symmetry. If the marquise cut is not symmetrical, the stone may have an imbalanced look.
The marquise cut gained popularity in the late 20th century. The 1970s and 1980s saw the popularity of marquise stone rings hit its peak. The cut has been a popular choice for celebrity engagement rings, with celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Catherine Zeta-Jones choosing marquise diamonds.
Marquise cut gemstones are popular today because of their ability to elongate the wearer's finger and because they optimize the diamond's carat weight. Today's marquise cut stones differ from antique marquise cut stones by only a small amount; older stones tend to have wider main facets and an open culet.