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Marquise Diamond and Sapphire Vintage Ring

For every die-hard romantic searching for a vintage ring with a distinguished aura, settling is never an option. Getting the best of rarity and uniqueness is a no-brainer at this point which is why a marquise diamond and sapphire vintage ring is your surest bet. 

Marquise diamond and sapphire rings are one option you must consider if endurance and refinement matter to you. The marquise diamonds are not only attractive, but they also carry a royal pedigree. 

More so, these marquise diamond and sapphire rings serve that fabulous look on the finger of whoever is the wearer. However, before you go out to get one, you need enough knowledge about the intricacies of these pieces of jewelry. 

The Marquise Diamond

Did you know?

  • The right way to pronounce the word Marquise is “mar-kees.”
  • When you shop for vintage rings, ensure the diamond is well polished. That is your surest way to get that perfect sparkle.
  • Pay more attention to the clarity and spend more on that. On the other hand, spend less on the carat weight.

In all, the marquise is a diamond cut for brides who want something slightly distinct. This shape can appear ultra-modern and again, give a quaintly antique look. It all depends on what style it takes. Plus, it is best for women with a specific and unique style.

History of the Marquise Diamond

According to history, this cut got its name from the Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV. This naming event reportedly occurred when the marquise came in 1740s France. 

Meanwhile, history reports that Madame de Pompadour herself was a trained person in gem engraving. She received her training from the engraver to the king. The chronology also tells that the earliest marquise-shaped diamonds took the form of her mouth.

Furthermore, the marquise is again known as a “navette.” That is the French word for a “small ship.” This is following its ship shape. 

More so, this ship shape may have something to do with the cut’s fame especially in Edwardian times. That was when yacht racing was a beloved activity amongst the elite. 

Marquise diamonds took on the stunning faceting refined in that period. It continues to be one of the most fascinating diamond shapes.

In addition, the marquise shape also looks like petals and leaves. Therefore, marquise diamonds frequently appear in rings bearing a stylized floral motif. 

Simply put, this is a shape that carries numerous distinct appearances. The look it takes depends on how you set it. This diamond shape is not one of the most popular choices for engagement rings. Yet, you will discover an impressive variety of rings modeled after the shape.

What Is a Marquise Diamond?

A marquise diamond or gemstone comes with a tapered oval shape and pointed edges. This diamond type is popular for the long and narrow shape that comes with the stone.

Indeed, a marquise diamond when used in an engagement ring might appear somewhat “old school.” Still, that doesn’t mean it can’t look completely modern. Actually, several jewelry designers prefer that so-now twist added to the ring shape with sleek, minimal designs and modern settings. Examples of such settings include east-west stones, bezel settings, and double-band silhouettes. 

One other way designers make the marquise diamond in an engagement ring feel fresh is with rose gold. Some also employ enamel detailing, open-ring designs, or setting them slightly off-kilter. We believe these savvy design tactics are completely distinctive ways of giving the classic shape an of-the-moment touch.

If the suggestion of an antique design with retro touches is more your speed, a marquise diamond is as elegant in yellow gold as it is in platinum. Leave out the east-west settings in favor of conventional north-south-set jewels. Also, go for slimmer shapes that have more of an old-fashioned feel (wider marquise stones certainly look more contemporary). 

Do you desire more of an art deco aesthetic? Then, go for white gold or platinum and consider accents like a thick halo, pavé band, or side stones. That is one nice way to set off the center sparkler. When you use yellow gold, a hammered or granule band, you get a piece that looks flawlessly vintage-inspired.

The Marquise Diamond in an Engagement Ring 

The marquise diamond in an engagement ring isn’t exactly the most cutting edge out there. Indeed, marquise diamonds were an extremely popular option in the 1980s. Still, the oblong, angular shape now lags behind more prominent resurgences of oval and pear diamond cuts. They now feel a bit old-fashioned in comparison. 

Nonetheless, as with other trends from the ’80s back in the limelight, marquise diamonds and settings are back. These diamond types’ resurgence from ultra-modern settings to fresh designs with vintage appeal is remarkable. The cut also got the stamp of approval from celebrities like Catherine Zeta-Jones and Victoria Beckham. These two donned this antique-esque engagement ring look in recent years.

Sapphire Vintage Ring: Embodying Romance Flawlessly

Are you a bride hoping to break away from the norms with your wedding ring? Then, a marquise diamond and sapphire vintage ring are what you need. This ring is an amazing way to stand out on your special day. Made popular by Princess Diana in 1981, and now Kate Middleton (who wears the late princess’s ring), these marquise diamond and sapphire vintage rings are a superb choice for brides.

What is a Blue Sapphire Gemstone?

Sapphire is an adaptable gemstone belonging to the corundum group of minerals. Also, sapphire is the September birthstone and at a time, was thought to carry spiritual qualities. For a closer look at the blue sapphire gemstone, we take from the words of the design director at Taylor & Hart, Kate Earlam-Charnley. She is also a custom engagement ring and wedding band jeweler.

According to Kate, “Unlike diamonds, which are known for their fire and brilliance, sapphires are known for their variety of colors. Sapphires are often bought not because they are more affordable than diamonds, but because of their outstanding colors…from rich indigo blue to ocean spray blue, from white (colorless) to orange, champagne, and even green.”

In addition, the blue sapphire gemstones are both conventional and modern gem options for engagement and wedding rings. These rings can cover “something old” or “something new” but will always make a statement when brides need “something blue.” 

Meanwhile, blue sapphire gemstones are rare, gorgeous, durable and costly. Anytime you step out to shop for sapphire wedding ring stones, you need certain information. Knowing this gem’s visual and physical details, grading, and varieties might save you some time and money.

The Marquise Diamond and Sapphire Vintage Ring: Breaking Away from the Norms

The marquise diamond and sapphire vintage rings have many representative associations. These rings have a long stretch of popularity being engagement and wedding rings for nobility and celebrities only.

While still a poor soldier, Napoleon spent on a ring set for Josephine. This ring featured an inverted pear-cut sapphire and a good pear-cut diamond, with each stone being one carat in size. That ring style, recognized as “You and Me,” was extremely prominent during the 18th century. 

More so, Princess Kate’s engagement ring owned an oval 12-ct Ceylon sapphire encircled by a halo of diamonds. Then, in the 1980s, Prince Charles chose the center stone with Lady Diana and had it set in a ring. Later on, in 2010, Prince William, their son, presented this ring to Kate Middleton. The marquise diamond and sapphire vintage ring have since become one of the most popular rings in the world.

Some other celebrities with striking marquise diamond and sapphire vintage rings are Elizabeth Hurley and Penelope Cruz.

Pros and Cons of Sapphire Vintage Rings

As for choosing this stone for your ring, Kate says, “A sapphire is the perfect balance of classical beauty and contemporary expression, allowing you to choose one that reflects you or your partner’s personality.”

One other plus? The marquise diamond and sapphire vintage rings come in a variation of colors (not only blue). Some may come as purple, pink, yellow, green, orange, brown, black, and even white. However, Kashmir and Ceylon blue are the most sought-after versions of this stone out there.

Besides, some of the lesser-known colors of the sapphire are extremely rare. Kate Earlam-Charnley says, “The rarest type of fancy sapphire is the Padparadscha, a delicate balance of orange and pink. The variety and range of color ensure that each gemstone has subtle differences.”

The price of a marquise diamond and sapphire vintage ring can differ greatly. It depends on the carat weight and quality you opt for. Generally, sapphires cost narrowly less than diamonds. Plus, this price can range from about $500 to $2,000 per carat. However, Kate Earlam-Charnley confesses that “the sky’s the limit.”

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Sapphire for your Marquise Diamond And Sapphire Vintage Ring

Are you looking for a sapphire for your marquise diamond and sapphire vintage ring? Below are a few questions and answers you should understand before stepping out for the perfect pick.

  • What is the most fundamental component of sapphire stones? 

According to Kate Earlam-Charnley, “While all sapphire rings are graded by foundational factors such as cut, clarity, color, and carat, a sapphire’s quality is primarily determined through its color and shape.”

  • What stone cut is ideal for sapphire vintage rings?

Although marquise diamond and sapphire vintage rings can look beautiful cut in any way, the oval cut puffs a sapphire’s rich color best. “Oval cuts allow the most light to travel through the gemstone, enhancing its color and making sure the sapphire does not appear flat,” Kate explains. The marquise cut is not half-bad. 

  • What settings and metals are ideal for sapphire vintage rings? 

Kate Earlam-Charnely says. “Sapphires look stunning in both contemporary and traditional ring settings. Given their diversity of colors, sapphires look wonderful against white metals like platinum and white gold, and depending on the shade of stone you select they can look lovely against the warm hues of yellow and rose gold.”

  • How strong and lasting are sapphire vintage rings? 

Sapphires are quite tough and score nine on the Mohs hardness scale. They are perfect options as pieces of jewelry for everyday wear. Earlam-Charnley points out, “Second only to diamonds. A sapphire should last a lifetime and can be passed down for generations.”

  • Where should I get my sapphire stone from? 

According to Earlam-Charnley, some of the best blue sapphire stones are from Thailand, Sri Lanka, and East Africa. “Source of origin is usually a factor in price,” she adds

Our Marquise Diamond And Sapphire Vintage Ring

Step into the old-world aura of a marquise diamond center stone with this intricate, sapphire and diamond-encrusted ring style. There is another way to look at this choice. You get a vintage ring that makes a sentimental something blue and luxurious.

What you get with this piece is a gorgeous proportion and color with an antique-style ring fit for different events and activities. This vintage ring features a center French cut, marquise cut diamond, approximately 1.04 carats F, SI3 in a beautiful mounting with 48 round diamonds. You get around .28 carats total weight, G-H, VS2-SI1, and 26 caliber cut sapphires here. Also, there is approximately .54 carats total weight when it comes set in a weighty platinum setting.


Marquise diamond and sapphire diamond rings are now the latest ‘IT’ rings of the moment! That explains why Kate Middleton’s fascinating diamond and Sapphire ring mesmerized the world when she stepped out showing off this stunning sparkler.

Charles Bentley from Diamonds International says, “Sapphires are one of the rarest and most beautiful gems in the world. Next to a diamond they are the hardest precious stones in the world and wear very well. As a result, the cost of Sapphires has doubled over the past 12 months as the market has been depleted and it is becoming very difficult to buy them.

At Diamonds by Raymond Lee, we have a collection of diamond and sapphire rings, earrings and bracelets. These marquise diamond and sapphire rings are well below the current market price. Therefore, there is no better time than now to buy this rare beauty.


Do you prefer a blue marquise diamond and sapphire vintage ring? Or would you prefer another color besides blue? You get another fancy sapphire stone that is not blue. Regardless of your pick, you will still get that variety and a price drop. That’s a win-win situation for you eventually.

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