When you think of marquise engagement rings, it’s possible that your face twinges with a look of repulsion. Okay, that’s dramatic, but you get what we mean—the engagement ring style hasn’t exactly been known to be the most cutting edge or modern. 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 like with almost every other ‘80s trend to come back into the spotlight (puffy shoulders, embellished mini dresses, and shoulder pads: we’re most definitely looking at you), marquise engagement rings are experiencing a resurgence from ultra-modern settings to fresh designs with vintage appeal.
Just because a marquise engagement ring is a little “old school” 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 set stones, bezel settings, and double band silhouettes. Another way designers are making marquise-cut jewels feel fresh is with rose-gold metal, 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 marquise engagement ring to call your own, scroll through our edit of 24 styles from ultra-modern to ‘80s-inspired and beyond.
Simon G. PR145 Engagement Ring Mosaic Collection
Classic solitaire set in 18k white gold.
SHOP NOW: Simon G. Jewelry, from $1,276
Anissa Kermiche Le Doux Sapphire Ring
Pearl center stone flanked by marquise side stones, set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Anissa Kermiche, approximately $1,170
Diamond Nexus East-West Accented Marquise Cut Engagement Ring
East-west marquise center stone on pavé band, set in 14k rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Diamond Nexus, $1,258.50 from $1,678
Jade Trau Alchemy Maverick Solitaire Stackable Ring
Solitaire ring set in 18k gold.
SHOP NOW: Jade Trau, $1,800
Sofia Zakia Diamond LVNA Supreme Ring
Handmade ring of diamonds and sapphires, set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Sofia Zakia, $1,630
Bario Neal Nikko Diamond Ring
Horizontally set marquise stone in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, from $2,380
Nora Kogan Misia Ring
Diamond, enamel, and 14k yellow gold ring.
SHOP NOW: Nora Kogan, $3,195
Zoë Chicco 14k Large Marquise Diamond Ring
Bezel-set ring in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Zoë Chico, $3,000
Michelle Oh Anya Ring
Grey rose-cut salt and pepper diamond flanked by pavé diamonds, set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Michelle Oh, approximately $3,520.35
Apres Jewelry The Nova Ring
Pavé band with an X-shaped pavé halo (stone not included).
SHOP NOW: Apres Jewelry, from $2,260 for setting
Jacquie Aiche Pavé Marquise Diamond Ring
Marquise diamond ring in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Jacquie Aiche, $3,250
Tacori Simply Tacori Ring
Platinum ring setting (center stone not included).
SHOP NOW: Tacori, from $3,590 for setting
Anita Ko Marquise Cut Diamond Ring
Marquise rose-cut diamond ring, set in 18k gold.
SHOP NOW: Anita Ko, $6,800
Shahla Karimi Marquise V Ring
Marquise diamond nestled in v-shape band.
SHOP NOW: Shahla Karimi, from $890
KatKim Marquise Crescendo Pavé Ring
Marquise-cut diamond on pavé band, set in 18k gold.
SHOP NOW: KatKim Fine Jewelry, $7,200
Rachel Boston Ara Ring
Marquise diamond on split shank band, set in 18k gold.
SHOP NOW: Rachel Boston, $6,985
Ceremony Sienna Marquise Signet Ring
Signet ring in 18k gold, with marquise diamond.
SHOP NOW: Ceremony, from $3,950
Abby Sparks "The Kathleen" Marquise Diamond Custom Ring
Marquise diamond on pavé band, set in platinum.
SHOP NOW: Abby Sparks, from $12,000
Mindi Mond Bullet Marquise Dinner Ring
Marquise center stone with diamond encrusted halo and band.
SHOP NOW: Mindi Mond, $23,600
Kataoka Iris Marquise Ring
Marquise diamond on thin band featuring clusters of diamonds.
SHOP NOW: Kataoka Jewelry, from $6,980
Anna Sheffield Marquise Bea Ring
Marquise diamond flanked by trillion stones.
SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, from $37,500
Eva Fehren The Marquess Ring
Handmade 1.93 carat yellow diamond ring with pavé halo and double band, set in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Eva Fehren, price upon request
Michelle Oh Irma's Ring
Salt and pepper diamond ring flanked by black and white diamonds, set in 18k white gold.
SHOP NOW: Michelle Oh, price upon request
Doyle & Doyle Vintage Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Vintage 3.05 carat marquise diamond ring in filigree mounting set with smaller diamonds, in platinum.
SHOP NOW: Doyle & Doyle, $49,500