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I was working with the team on a product description project, and it dawned on me that we use terms like baguette and marquise and pavé, assuming they are so common that everyone is familiar with what they mean. But that’s silly. The Vision of Anna Zuckerman Luxury is to create and distribute affordable jewelry (ethically sourced and sustainable) so every woman can look like royalty without being royalty. The whole point is to be accessible to everyone, almost especially if they have never had the opportunity to research or own fine jewelry in the past.
That is why I wanted to take the opportunity of this blog to specify the origins and differences between these three classic settings...
Why Baguette? Pourquoi?
Literally named after the long, thin loaf of French bread, the Baguette cut is one of the most popular for engagement rings.
Created roughly during the “roaring 20s,” the style of cut was named after the French baguette because it too is long and rectangular in shape. The popular art movements of the time (Art Deco and Art Nuevo) helped propel the baguette to global acclaim, and it became extremely common to see the baguette cut as the focal point in many types of jewelry, diamonds especially, from that point on.
The introduction of the baguette signaled a departure from traditional round cut stones and have continued to make fans of those who see themselves as both different and daring.
Marquise – A Remnant from Royalty
It has been called the football-shaped cut, the boat-shaped cut, and even the eye-shaped cut, but the term marquise invokes more history and romance than any such common descriptions.
“Marquise” refers to a hereditary rank (above a count, below a duke), and courtiers were known to wear marquise cut diamonds as a display of rank. But the cut itself has origins that date back to the 18th century, when King Louis XV of France commissioned a jeweler to design a cut shape that resembled the lips of his mistress.
58 facets and an elliptical shape with pointed ends means Jean Antoinette Poisson, the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour, must have been quite unique indeed. While popular for centuries, it is not nearly so ubiquitous as princess or round cuts, but that only highlights its outstanding beauty.
Marquise cuts are also referred to as “navette” diamonds, which means “little ship” in French, again because of the boat-like shape, and is widely used with other gems, such as emeralds, rubies and sapphires.
Pavé - Pave Your Bands with Brilliance
A pavé setting is a type of engagement ring setting in which the shank of the ring is lined with small stones, which are held in place with metal prongs or beads. This creates the appearance of a continuous line, adding extra sparkle to a ring while emphasizing the beauty of the center stone.
A pavé engagement ring is a spectacular option for many styles and personalities. Pronounced “pa-vay,” pavé literally means “to pave” in French and speaks to rings appearing to be “paved” in diamonds, as the metal prongs or beads that hold the diamonds in place are barely visible.
Pavé settings are available in a wide variety of styles, from vintage designs to modern settings. The small stones that line the band offer extra sparkle and elegance, which we love.
I hope that helps you as you decide which setting is right for your personal style, and that you will come back here often to learn more about the history of our pieces, collections, and jewelry in general. I am so passionate about offering every woman the chance to look like royalty, I want to be your expert resource on this journey. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, and we hope to connect with you soon!