Diamond Stone Shapes

Marquise Cut

Marquise Stone Shape

Believed to have been commissioned by King Louis XIV to compliment the smile of his mistress, the Marquise de Pompedour, Marquise diamonds feature elongated ends that stretch into an oval shape. Marquise cut diamonds are cut to maximize carat weight, and this cut is a variation of the round brilliant cut. Marquise diamonds work beautifully as a central stone in a diamond engagement ring, with the elongated shape flattering the finger of the wearer. It often looks much larger than it is which may be a benefit for those wanting a big look without a big price tag.