Make heads turn with a unique marquise-cut engagement ring.

Extremely popular in the 1980s, marquise engagement rings are currently experiencing a major comeback thanks to their one-of-a-kind shape and vintage appeal.

Just because a marquise engagement ring is a little bit more unusual doesn't mean it can't be customized to your liking. Whether you want the ever-popular halo with a pavé band or a more antique design with retro touches, a marquise-cut works either way. You can set a marquise-cut diamond in yellow and rose gold or platinum and it will look gorgeous in all. Plus, marquise is a diamond shape that begs to be fashioned with side stones, whether you opt to dress up your sparkler in trillions or baguette diamonds. It also mixes well with other gemstones like sapphires, emeralds and rubies for an even more Old World touch. Regardless of how you choose to design your marquise engagement ring, choosing this style will automatically separate you from the rest of the engaged pack.

Another cool facet of toting around a marquise engagement ring? This cut is one of the few stone shapes that looks even better set as an east-west engagement ring (A.K.A. the center stone is set horizontally instead of vertically), which is another major trend at the moment (it even had a short stint on television as one of the highly publicized engagement rings Neil Lane offered up to Bachelor Chris Soules).

Want a marquise engagement ring to call your own? Click through to see all of our favorite marquise engagement ring designs.

Illustration: Christina Park

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