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The Pompadour, Marquise or Daisy ring, what is the right term?

by Julie MIALET 16 Jul 2022

Often used and confused, these terms do not all refer to the same ring.

The Pompadour ring, also called the Marquise ring, is named in honor of the first woman to wear it: La Marquise de Pompadour, Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, favorite of the French King Louis XV.

Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, Francois Boucher, 1757


It was therefore in the 18th century that the story of this ring began, when the king offered his mistress with luxury tastes a ring adorned with an imposing central oval sapphire, surrounded by diamonds. The Marquise then, at the center of social life at Court, and preceding all trends as she was imitated by other ladies, brought a new breath of life to the engagement rings of the time.


Indeed, all women wanted to have such a ring, so much so that this ring then took the nickname of Pompadour ring or Marquise ring.

A fun little detail, this well-known and timeless ring is also known to have remained a jewel with royal symbolism since Prince Charles gave Lady Diana a Pompadour ring for an engagement ring and Prince William gave the same ring to Kate Middleton.


In addition, the term Marquise also designates the name of a fancy cut for gems composed of 55 to 58 facets. It is said that Louis XV would have had a diamond cut in this shape because it reminded him of the lips of his lover, whom he was particularly fond of. This oblong shape has pointed ends, which must therefore be carefully protected. Particularly popular in the 1970s, this type of cut is now back in fashion, especially with diamonds.

Marquise’s shape for a diamond

However, when it comes to rings, the term Daisy refers to a more floral shape. Indeed, it is also composed of a central stone and a diamond surround (in most cases) but the arrangement of the stones as well as their size evokes more a flower than a regular oval.

Daisy ring in rose gold set with a pearl and diamonds


Although the daisy ring and the Pompadours ring are famous for being respectively fully set with diamonds or with a central sapphire surrounded by diamonds, their possibilities are endless. Today, we can see these rings set with colored sapphires, rubies, pearls, tanzanites, rubellites and other tourmalines like the paraïbas, aquamarines or amethyst and so many other gemstones.

Pompadour ring in with gold set with a tanzanite and diamonds

Pink gold Pompadour ring set with diamonds and a rubellite signed Les Pierres de Julie

Pompadour ring in white gold set with diamonds and an aquamarine signed Les Pierres de Julie


If you are interested in Pompadour or Marguerite rings, do not hesitate to discover what Les Pierres de Julie offers in store…

We are also available for any free expertise of your tanzanite jewelry, for this you can send an email with your photos to

Whether you're interested in buying a piece of jewellery or a stone, a free jewelry appraisal or jewelry resale, Pierres de Julie welcomes you to its Parisian boutique in the Village Suisse, a stone's throw from the Ecole Militaire and the Esplanade des Invalides.

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