The origin of the marquise cut dates back to 18th century France. Louis XV (King and renowned womaniser) sat upon the throne. With all his wealth and influence, it is said that Louis commissioned a jeweller to design a cut that resembled the lips of the woman who had stolen his heart. Romantic!
Sadly, this was not his wife but rather his favourite mistress, the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour. Over time, the cut that the jeweller produced evolved into the distinctive shape that we know today. Even marquise engagement rings became a popular choice despite this somewhat questionable romantic history. The marquise diamonds history is certainly an interesting one and ensures that Louis’ grand gesture of love lives on beyond the time of him and the Madame de Pompadour.
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