What Is An Oval Cut Diamond?

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Oval-shaped diamonds have been around for centuries, but the oval cut that women know and love today was not introduced until the 1960s. Diamond cutter Lazare Kaplan was quickly gaining recognition in the diamond industry for his ability to take severely cracked or flawed diamonds and cut them down into smaller, beautiful stones. However, he didn’t claim his spot in the Jewelers International Hall of Fame until he debuted the oval cut diamond.

What Is An Oval Cut Diamond?

The oval cut diamond is sleek and modern, considered to be a combination of the round brilliant and pear shape cutting styles. In fact, many women prefer the oval cut over the popular round brilliant cut because the oval shape makes the diamond appear larger. This shape also has the power to elongate shorter fingers, making a woman feel dainty and elegant.

With the exception of its elongation, which is derived from the pear cut pattern, the oval cut diamond is fairly similar to the round brilliant diamond. Both cuts use the brilliant type faceting structure, with 58 facets and an incredible sparkle that instantly lights up the room.

What Is An Oval Cut Diamond?

Shopping For An Oval Diamond

If you are shopping for an oval diamond, there are some things you need to keep in mind to ensure you make the best selection. You should choose a stone with a length-to-width ratio of 1.33-1.66, however, if you are adding side stones to your setting, you may want to consider choosing a wider oval diamond.

You should also take the bowtie effect into consideration when shopping for an oval cut diamond. The bowtie effect is the term given to an area of decreased sparkle in the shape of a bowtie that appears in all elongated shape diamonds, like the oval diamond. Before you buy a diamond, make sure the bowtie effect doesn't distract from the brilliance of the stone. Getting a stone inside the ideal ratio range and with excellent symmetry will have a bowtie that is less noticeable.

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Oval Cut Diamond Settings

Luckily, the oval cut diamond is as versatile as the round brilliant and beautifully complements a wide variety of engagement ring settings.

Classic Oval Engagement Rings

Because of its incredible brilliance, many women choose a solitaire setting. Simple settings, like the Classic Solitaire Engagement Ring in White Gold, allow the oval cut diamond to sparkle and shine all on its own.

Classic Oval Engagement Rings

Rosy Oval Engagement Ring

Women who want something less traditional often pair an oval diamond with a feminine rose gold setting. Rose gold puts a unique spin on the classic oval shape of the diamond.  Brighten up a rose gold setting with smaller, round diamonds so you can sparkle from every angle.

Rosy Oval Engagement Ring

Round Diamond Accented

Oval and round cut diamonds are often paired together because of how well they complement each other. Having trouble deciding between the two? Choose a setting that features both, like this setting with larger round diamonds on the band and an oval cut diamond in the spotlight.

Round Diamond Accented

Three Stone Oval Engagement Rings

Oval shaped diamonds look great in three stone designs, producing a unique setting that trendsetters and glamor girls will love. Pick a setting that features other shapes for maximum brilliance, like smaller ovals, half moons, trillions, or brilliant cut trapezoids.

Three Stone Oval Engagement Rings

Your Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

As you can see, the options are endless when it comes to choosing a setting for your oval cut diamond. But remember, the most important thing is finding a setting that you love. Take the time to look over different metals and settings until you find the perfect combination that speaks to your personal style. If you have more questions about finding your oval cut loose diamond, contact one of our diamond and jewelry experts today!

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