Shapes of Diamonds - Marquise Cut

Marquise Cut Diamond PhotoThe Marquise cut is boat shaped and is a variation of the round brilliant cut diamond. Marquise cuts are often chosen by women who wish to display an independence of style. Its elongated form can create the illusion of longer, narrower fingers.

An elongated shape with pointed ends inspired by the fetching smile of the Marquise de Pompadour and commissioned by the Sun King, France's Louis XIV, who wanted a diamond to match it. It is gorgeous when used as a solitaire or when enhanced by smaller diamonds.

Marquise Cut Diamond DrawingLength to width ratio: A marquise cut with a length to width ratio of approximately 2:1 is the norm. For those who prefer a rounder look, choose a ratio closer to 1.5:1. For those who prefer a more elongated shape, look for a ratio of 2.25:1