Engagement Guide: The Marquise Cut

Regality is defined not by one’s status, but by their comportment. After all, with your head held high and your personage glittering in fine jewels, who wouldn’t be stunned by your dignity?

If you’re seeking this sort of glamour and awe in your engagement, then allow us to present you with a splendid diamond design: the marquise cut.


  • History of the Marquise Cut

Named for the royal rank between the title of count and duke — earned by birthright alone — the marquise cut is regal in more ways than one. Not only were marquise courtiers the only court-residing members who were allowed to wear such diamonds (hence the marquise cut’s name), but the cut was reportedly created in the 18th century.

King Louis XV of France is said to have hired a local jeweler to design a diamond cut inspired by the shape of his mistress’s lips, Jean Antoinette Poisson, otherwise known as the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour.


  • What To Look For In A Marquise Cut

Similar to the oval cut diamond, some marquise cut rings will feature what is known as the “bowtie effect,” meaning the asymmetrical facets may reflect in a manner that causes there to be a dark or shadow-like spot within the center of the gem. Not all marquise cuts will have this, however, as some do turn out more symmetrical than others.

The marquise cut also has the ability to make the fingers appear more slender, due to how the cut itself tapers off at each end in a V-shape. For that reason, however, one should also be careful to protect the ends when in use so as not to chip them, particularly as it lays vertically against the finger.

Finally, be sure to inspect a marquise cut diamond closely in the light, as each one may reflect colors differently depending on the depth of the diamond’s edges, as well as the clarity of its deeper center.


  • From Royalty to Celebrity

Created for royal purposes, it should come as no surprise that many celebrities today have been spotted sporting their own marquise cut accessories. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Portia de Rossi, Jennifer Lopez, and Ashlee Simpson are among those who have worn the noble engagement cut.

And today, the marquise cut is also no longer limited to that of diamonds or royals. Rather, emeralds, rubies, and other precious gems are often cut into this distinct shape for jewelry enthusiasts hailing from all backgrounds around the world.


From the marquise cut to the princess cut and more, it’s also important to note that you have options. And Hemming Jewelers has all of those options housed conveniently in one location at the corner of Monroe and Hogan! So, are you ready to pick out the perfect diamond for your bride-to-be? Simply contact Hemming Jewelers today by calling (904) 354-5959 or visiting our website!