Marquise Cut diamonds are a non-traditional, contemporary-looking choice for engagement rings. The elongated shape of a marquise cut makes the diamond look huge and your finger appear slimmer, too! Tapered to a point on either end, the marquise cut is fearless and bold. Marquises also have the largest face-up area of all diamond cuts, around 15% larger than round cuts. The marquise diamond shape is believed to have first been modelled on the lips of King Louis XV’s mistress, giving the shape its regal title, ‘Marquise’, although they are occasionally referred to as ‘navette’ diamonds. The alternative engagement ring shape is elongated, and tapered to a symmetrical point and either tip - a little like an American football.
They also look great set in East-West style engagement rings.