Ultimate guide to marquise cut engagement rings

Ultimate guide to marquise cut engagement rings

Looking for the perfect engagement ring for your loved one but can’t decide on the ring cut? With various types of engagement ring cuts to choose from, it’s no wonder the decision can be tricky – let alone deciding how much an engagement ring should cost.

That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide to marquise cut diamond rings – to help you with all the important information you need to know.

What is a marquise cut diamond?

A marquise cut diamond is an elongated oval with points on either end. Known to be a classic and historic shape, the marquise diamond oozes tradition and authenticity. Due to its playful shape, famously styled on a women’s smile, this type of cut provides a unique shape for a striking engagement ring. This elegantly shaped diamond is designed to complement the wearer’s hands and is also often referred to as a boat-shaped, football-shaped or eye-shaped cut.

How many facets are in a marquise cut diamond

Similar to the round brilliant and oval cut diamond, the marquise cut diamond is typically comprised of 58 facets – 33 on the crown and 25 on the pavilion. As all three of these stones have the same number of facets, it’s likely you’ll make your choice of cut based on the level of brilliance and fire, which affects the affordability of the stones.

Symmetry is key for marquise cut diamond engagement rings

A marquise cut diamond has the benefit of maximizing its spread for its carat weight. However, this advantage can come at a cost, as marquises are sensitive to symmetry details. This means a poorly cut marquise diamond can lose its shape appeal due to poor symmetry, such as unbalances corners or wings.

How to choose a marquise diamond

There are a number of important features to be aware of when choosing a marquise diamond:

  • French tips – with the nature of the pointed tips of the stone, the tips can often be susceptible to breakage – that’s why French tips are often used with this stone to increase durability.
  • Length to width ratio – this refers to comparing the length (point-to-point) to the width (across the belly) of the stone. Typically, a common marquise ratio would be about 2:1 – so twice its width.
  • Thickness – the thickness of the diamond’s setting edge can reduce the risk of damage greatly, as well as contribute to a heavier diamond – whereas a thin girdle can increase the risk of damage and chipping.

Marquise cut engagement rings from Shining Diamonds

Here at Shining Diamonds, we offer a wide range of marquise cut diamond rings to accommodate all budgets and design preferences. Each of our rings are ethically sourced and created with the 4C’s right at the forefront.

How much are our marquise cut diamond rings?

Here at Shining Diamonds, we offer an eclectic range of marquise cut diamond rings to ensure you find the perfect ring for your partner (and your budget). With that in mind, we have listed a few of our favourite marquise cut engagement rings to showcase the different styles and prices we offer:

Our Marquise Solitare Diamond Ring is a stunning – and economical – option, starting at £600. With a plain band and singular stone, its classic design ensures your marquise cut diamond is the star of the show.

Alternatively, our Marquise Shoulder Diamond Ring is the perfect mid-range option for those who enjoy a little more sparkle. With side stones to accent the central diamond, this modern twist on a classic design starts at £950.

However, if you believe more is more, we also have our Marquise & Round 3 Stone Diamond Ring. Starting at £1,259, this 3-stone engagement ring is the perfect sparkly statement.

What affects the cost of each rings?

The price of our marquise cut engagement rings varies depending on the cut, clarity, carat and colour of the diamond featured on the ring. Here’s why:

  • Cut – the proportions of the diamond affect its cost and brilliance, so the more symmetrical the diamond, the more it will cost.
  • Clarity – the number of blemishes or imperfections within the diamond affects the price – the lower the clarity, the lower the cost.
  • Carat – the weight of the diamond will also affect the cost of the ring. So, the bigger the diamond, the greater the cost.
  • Colour – the lack of colour in a diamond increases its value.

For more information about the 4C’s, view our diamond buying guide.

What is a lab grown marquise cut diamond?

A lab grown marquise cut diamond is the same as a natural marquise cut diamond. The only difference is where it’s made. So, instead of forming in the Earth’s crust, a lab grown diamond is manufactured in a – you guessed it – lab. So, why opt for a lab grown diamond?

Our lab grown diamonds are identical to natural diamonds – they look exactly the same and even share the same chemical properties. Not only does this make them more ethical, sustainable and quicker to produce, but it also makes the diamonds cheaper!

Looking to purchase your own marquise cut engagement ringGet in touch with a member of our helpful team for more information on our marquise cut diamond rings, or visit our Hatton Garden showroom.