Admirers often compare the distinctive shape of marquise cut diamonds to an eye, a boat, or a pair of lips. These brilliant, scintillating stones have from 56 to 60 facets, depending on how they are cut. They are wider in the middle and narrow to points at the two ends, and the width to length ratios vary with specific diamonds. Marquise cut diamond engagement rings add uniqueness, elegance, and distinction to your promise of wedded happiness. Hayden Cudworth offers a wonderful marquise cut diamond engagement ring option in the Hayden VII.
For a long time the giving of diamond engagement rings was restricted to the upper class and nobility. In the Victorian Era, diamonds became more common on engagement rings due to the discovery of large deposits of the precious stones in South Africa.
The marquise cut diamond originated in the court of King Louis XV of France in the 18th century. He had a jeweler create a distinctive cut that would resemble the lips of his mistress, Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, to whom he gave the title of the Marquise de Pompadour. The rank of marquise was below a duke but above a count, and marquises in the court took to wearing this diamond shape to signify their hereditary ranks. The stones were also known as navette diamonds, which means little boat in French, due to their shape. Modern jewelers have refined the original shape from the 1700s to maximize the reflection of light.
Numerous celebrities opt for marquise cut diamond engagement rings when proposing to their fiancés. For example, Michael Douglas presented a beautiful marquise cut to Catherine Zeta-Jones when they became engaged. Evan Ross, son of Diana Ross, proposed to Ashlee Simpson with a marquise ring. David Beckham gifted Spice Girl Victoria Adams with a marquise cut diamond engagement ring when he popped the question.
Advantages of Marquise Cut Diamonds
One of the main advantages of a marquise cut diamond is the shallow depth, which creates a larger visible surface. Even stones of moderate weight appear to have increased size compared to other diamond cuts of the same karat weight. This attribute along with the lesser demand for this cut compared with popular stones such as the round brilliant makes a marquise cut a great value for your investment. Additionally, marquise cut diamond engagement rings have the quality of making short fingers appear longer and slimmer.
Selecting a Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Diamond color scale runs from D through Z, and diamonds rated N through z are generally not recommended for rings. Stones with the highest color ratings are extremely rare and expensive, while diamonds with G, H, and I ratings have excellent quality and appear colorless when mounted on a ring.
Clarity in diamonds rates the amount of imperfections, known as inclusions, that a stone has. Visible inclusions detract from the beauty of a diamond, but many inclusions cannot be seen. The diamond clarity grade scale rates clarity on a scale from IF, or internally flawless, to I2, or inclusions 2. The sweet spot between rare and expensive flawless diamonds and those with unacceptable imperfections is SI1 and SI2, or slightly included 1 and 2. This designation means that these stones, when set within a ring, appear perfect to the naked eye.
The carat weight of a marquise cut diamond is not as important as its cut, color, and clarity, because so much of the stone's weight is hidden. Raising the carat weight of a diamond may slightly increase the size but significantly increase the cost.
Setting and Precious Metal Options for Marquis Rings
Marquise cut diamonds appear elegant and distinctive in a wide range of settings. One of the most favorable is a solitaire setting, which allows an abundance of light to enter and sparkle from the stone. Classic elegance and simplicity of appearance make the solitaire setting, also known as the prong setting, the most popular style for diamond engagement rings. This design highlights a single prominent marquise diamond held in place by six prongs.
At Hayden Cudworth, we offer marquis cut diamonds in a number of lovely precious metal choices. The white sheen of platinum perfectly complements and sets off diamonds and does not change color or fade, so this lovely metal is ideal for symbolizing eternal love in an engagement ring. Due to its rarity, platinum has attained a prestigious status. For diamond engagement rings, platinum bands represent the ultimate in elegance.
Lovely white gold is currently the most popular choice of metal for engagement ring bands. Indistinguishable from platinum to the naked eye, this bright, strong, durable metal perfectly complements and enhances the sparkling diamonds in engagement rings.
Yellow gold engagement rings offer a classic warm color with vibrant elegance that has long been associated with romance. Although white gold bands have overtaken yellow gold in popularity, yellow gold provides an unparalleled traditional look that is timeless.
Romantic rose gold provides a lovely alternative to the more common white gold and yellow gold found in engagement rings. Its warm, rich, distinctive color creates a stunning and attractive metaphor for the binding of hearts.
Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Options
The master craftsmen and jewelers at Hayden Cudworth offer handcrafted marquise rings in assorted precious metal bands. The Hayden VII is a lovely solitaire marquise cut diamond engagement ring in a six-prong setting. The ring has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.
To find the right ring for your fiancé, take advantage of the home try-on program. Select any five potential rings to sample at home, send them back within five days, and order the ring of your choice.