Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? The term ‘marquise’ can refer to one of two things in the jewellery world- either the shape of a ring as a whole, or the cut of the diamond (or other gemstone) within it. Possessing an elliptical shape with pointed ends, the marquise ring has earned many monikers. These include ‘the football’ and ‘the eye-shaped’ style- not the most inventive, but they get the point across! The marquise ring is often associated with a more vintage look; however it is becoming increasingly popular of late, as modern consumers begin to recognise the timeless sophistication of this style.
As you may have guessed from its reference to the old-timey title ‘marquise’, this style has been around for centuries. A marquise is a hereditary rank placed somewhere between a count and a duke. The use of this in relation to jewellery originates from the fashions of marquises of the past. Much like today, fashion was intrinsically linked with wealth and status, and was used to display this to the world. Marquises demonstrated their rank by adorning themselves in this cut of diamond. But don’t worry, you don’t need an official title to rock one today!
Traditionally, you would find this style demonstrated in the form of a marquise diamond ring. However, various other gemstones have proven to suit this style equally well. Gems such as sapphires, emeralds and rubies are ever growing in popularity, and really demonstrate the versatility of this cut. Due to this, there are some stunning variations in marquise style rings, as the selection below demonstrates. Both antique emerald engagement rings and the sapphire engagement ring show the various designs common in marquise rings.
History of the Marquise Ring
The origin of the marquise cut dates back to 18th century France, where Louis XV (King and renowned womaniser) sat upon the throne. With all his wealth and influence, it is said that Louis commissioned a jeweller to design a cut that resembled the lips of the woman who had stolen his heart. Romantic! Sadly, this was not his wife but rather his favourite mistress, the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour. Over time, the cut that the jeweller produced evolved into the distinctive shape that we know today. Even marquise engagement rings became a popular choice despite this somewhat questionable romantic history. The marquise diamonds history is certainly an interesting one, and ensures that Louis’ grand gesture of love lives on beyond the time of him and the Madame de Pompadour.
Why Choose a Marquise Ring?
In addition to the (somewhat) sentimental history attached to the marquise ring, there are also some practical benefits to choosing this cut or style. Due to the unique shape of the marquise diamond, the cut creates a large crown surface in relation to the carat weight of the stone. This is helpful for maximising the sparkle of a diamond whilst still remaining within a specific budget. As previously mentioned, this style is also suited to a wide variety of gemstones so shoppers are really able to personalise the look they are going for, perhaps with a birthstone. The marquise cut features 56 facets, and the shape is similarly fashioned which ensures a narrower design. This makes the wearer’s finger look longer and therefore more slender- a desirable feature for some brides-to-be.
With its extremely unique history, anyone who favours a marquise ring will certainly have a tale to tell when people enquire about it! Whatever your preferred occasion or gemstone, the marquise is sure to make a statement. What do you think; would you wear the marquise style as a dress ring or engagement ring?
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