The marquise engagement ring isn't exactly known to be the most cutting edge. While marquise cuts were an extremely popular choice in the 1980s, the oblong, angular shape has lagged behind more popular resurgences of oval- and pear-shaped diamonds, feeling a bit antiquated in comparison. But as with other trends from the '80s back in the spotlight, marquise settings are experiencing a resurgence from ultra-modern settings to fresh designs with vintage appeal. The cut has also earned the stamp of approval from celebrities like Catherine Zeta-Jones and Victoria Beckham. Both have sported this antique-esque engagement ring look.
What Is a Marquise Cut?
A marquise-cut diamond or gemstone has a tapered oval shape with pointed ends. It's best identified by the long and narrow shape it gives to the stone.
Just because a marquise diamond ring is a little “old school” that doesn't mean it can't look entirely modern. In fact, many jewelry designers are putting a so-now twist on the ring shape with sleek, minimal designs and modern settings like east-west stones, bezel settings, and double-band silhouettes. Another way designers are making marquise diamond-ring settings feel fresh is with rose gold, enamel detailing, open-ring designs, or setting them slightly off-kilter—these savvy design tactics are totally unique ways of giving the classic shape an of-the-moment feel.
If the idea of an antique design with retro touches is more your speed, a marquise-cut diamond is as gorgeous in yellow gold as it is in platinum. Skip the east-west settings in favor of traditional north-south-set jewels and aim for slimmer shapes that have more of an old-fashioned feel (wider marquise stones definitely appear more modern). For more of an art deco aesthetic, choose white gold or platinum and consider accents like a thick halo, pavé band, or side stones to set off the center sparkler. In yellow gold, a hammered or granule band will look perfectly vintage-inspired.
If you’re thinking you want a unique marquise engagement ring to call your own, scroll through our edit of 26 styles from ultra-modern to ‘80s-inspired and beyond.
Diamond Nexus East-West Accented Marquise-Cut Engagement Ring
This east-west marquise stunner puts a twist on the expected. The side-turned center stone is set on an equally dazzling 14k rose gold pavé band.
Sofia Zakia Diamond LVNA Supreme Ring
A ring created for the starry-eyed brides among us. The handmade ring of diamonds and sapphires features enchanting celestial motifs, set in 14k gold.
Bario Neal Nikko Diamond Marquise Ring .35ct
Minimalist chic is a horizontally set marquise stone. Even the prong-setting is artistic in this 14k yellow gold piece.
Nora Kogan Misia Ring
With a brilliant marquise diamond, satiny white enamel, and 14k yellow gold trim, this baby is oh so bridal.
Zoë Chicco 14k Large Marquise Diamond Ring
Simplicity at its finest. This bezel-set ring is set in 14k gold.
Shahla Karimi Marquise V Ring
An architectural design that packs a statement-making punch. A single marquise diamond is nestled in the v-shaped band.
KatKim Marquise Crescendo Pavé Ring
Just as its name implies, this contemporary design features a gradient of diamonds culminating in a single, grand marquise diamond.
Rachel Boston Ara Ring
Nestled between mirror-image curves, this marquise diamond takes center stage. The split shank band is set in 18k gold.
Ceremony Sienna Marquise Signet Ring
Now, this is a bodacious look. We love the masculinity of a signet ring paired with the femininity of a marquise stone.
Abby Sparks "The Kathleen" Marquise Diamond Custom Ring
You may need protective eyewear for a sparkler of this caliber. This marquise diamond is mounted on a platinum pavé band.
Kataoka Iris Marquise Ring
A delicate design that has a certain fairy-like quality about it. A marquise diamond sits on a thin band featuring clusters of diamonds.
Vrai Bezel Ring Knife-Edge Marquise Diamond Bezel Ring
Minimalist goals, unlocked. A single marquise stone seemingly floats atop a barely there 14k gold band.
Laurie Fleming Nereid Marquise Diamond Ring
This fairy tale–esque ring features a marquise-cut center diamond flanked by recycled round brilliant-cut and rose-cut diamonds. The stones are set on a solid 14k yellow gold band.
1st Dibs 2.5 Carat Diamond Three Stone Engagement Ring
It's hard to miss this stunning three-stone engagement ring. The marquise-cut center diamond is held between two baguette-cut diamond accents all on a platinum band.
Blue Nile Princess Cut Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring
This marquise-cut engagement ring is for the most glamourous of brides. The center diamond is accompanied by 12 princess-cut diamonds in a channel setting.
Anna Sheffield Petit Marquise Diamond Tiara Yellow Gold Ring
This tiara ring is fit for a princess. The marquise-cut diamonds on this ring sparkle on a handcrafted 14k yellow gold band.
Shane Co. Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
This flawless marquise diamond is held in a halo setting with 64 round diamonds lining the pavé 14k white gold band.
Kimai Recycled God Lab Diamond Engagement Ring
Whimsical and bold are the two words to describe this asymmetric gem from Kimai. The wavy pavé band is crafted from recycled gold and topped with a marquise diamond.
Capucinne Beatrice Diamond Marquise Cluster Ring
An array of marquise, oval, and round diamonds come together on this intricately designed engagement ring.
VRAI The Three Stone Marquise Engagement Ring
Three diamonds are better than one with this Vrai ring. The three marquise diamonds form a trio of glittering stones set on a pavé band.
Abby Sparks Marquise Diamond Ring 'The Shannon' Marquise Diamond Ring with Floral Clusters
This one-of-a-kind design from Abby Sparks was created with a floral flair. The stones are placed in an east-west setting on a white gold band.
KatKim Éternal Marquise Ring
When looking for your engagement ring, always keep timelessness in mind. With this KatKim marquise diamond on a tapering band, you can be sure that this design will never go out of style.
Sofia Kaman 'Bad Romance' Marquise Engagement Ring
Despite its name, this ring is made for the best of romances. The antique marquise-cut diamond with a light greenish-gray tint adds a bit of edge. The center stone is flanked by small pavé diamonds and held on an 18k yellow gold band with black rhodium accents.
Diamond Nexus Timeless Marquise-Cut Engagement Ring
This three-stone ring features a marquise diamond flanked by two trillion-cut diamonds. They are held in a lower basket setting with cathedral arms on a 14k yellow gold band.
Capucinne 'Olga' Diamond Engagement Ring
For the chic bride, look no further than this double-band ring. The pavé band holds a marquise diamond on a 14k yellow gold band. You can also stack this ring with an open diamond band for an elevated look.
Honngai Jewelry Marquise-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Marquise diamonds work just as well as side stones as they do center stones, and this ring combines both. The center marquise diamond is held between an array of six marquise-cut diamonds and six round brilliant-cut diamonds.
What to Look for When Choosing a Marquise Engagement Ring
When picking a band to accompany your marquise diamond, consider a classic style band that won't draw attention away from the center stone. But, of course, we would never say no to more sparkle, so you can also try pairing with a pavé band. Double bands are also a great option with a marquise diamond because it creates the perfect distance between two bands when placed vertically.
Diamonds are the most popular choice when it comes to the marquise cut. If you decide to go with a marquise diamond, keep in mind the bow-tie effect—a dark area that runs down the middle of a diamond and could, in some cases, darken its appearance. This effect usually occurs in fancy-cut diamonds like marquise cuts. To avoid this, work with a trained jeweler or inspect the stone yourself before purchasing to ensure your stone doesn't possess the bow-tie effect, or at least not in a prominent way.
Because of the unique shape of a marquise stone, going with a six-prong or bezel setting will ensure the stone is safe and secure on your ring. V-shaped prongs are also a reliable option to keep your marquise stone protected. Halo settings also look stunning with marquise stones and are a great way to add more shine if you choose a smaller stone.
- Are marquise diamonds more expensive? Marquise-cut diamonds tend to cost less than round-cut diamonds because less waste is created when cutting the stone.
- Do marquise engagement rings go out of style quickly? Marquise engagement rings have been around forever and have just reached newfound popularity. Even though it may seem like a fad, marquise-cut stones are timeless and will hold their beauty for years to come. So if you happen to fall for a marquise ring but are worried about it going out of style, opt for a classic band without many bells and whistles. Classic solitaire engagement rings will never go out of style, no matter the cut.
- What is the average length-to-width ratio of a marquise stone? Marquise stones come in a variety of sizes, so it comes down to personal preference. Traditionally, a length-to-width ratio of 1.75-2.15 is considered standard for this stone.