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Shop Oval Cut Diamonds
If you want the brilliance of a round diamond but an eye-catching shape, consider an oval diamond. It’s similar to a round diamond in sparkle but has a longer shape. It’s basically an elongated round diamond and features the typical 58 facets of a radiant diamond. This equates to scintillating brilliance in a flattering, elegant, and modern diamond.
Natural oval diamonds have plenty of benefits that make them appealing for engagement rings. The elongated shape makes the fingers look longer and thinner. It’s a flattering shape for hands and fingers of all shapes and sizes. Oval diamonds are also a durable choice. Their rounded corners mean they’re less prone to chipping and damage versus diamond cuts with sharp corners. Although diamonds are the hardest stone on Earth, they can still get damaged, especially if you’re super active, so don’t wear them when working with your hands or exercising. Another appealing benefit is that the lengthened shape makes an oval cut diamond look more prominent than a round diamond of the same carat weight. This allows you to spend your budgeted amount on an engagement ring but get a larger looking diamond.
With Clarity features nearly 500 engagement ring settings that work for an oval center diamond. You’ll see settings from minimal to vintage to modern. Browse the different settings and see what styles appeal to you. An oval solitaire is a traditional engagement ring look where the stone is the star of the show. If you want something more unique, check out some other looks, such as halo settings, three stone rings, or styles with a vintage touch. For a trendy look, consider having the oval set east-west (horizontally) rather than north-south (vertically) like you’re used to seeing. Another trend is mixing and matching different types of diamond cuts pair an oval center stone with baguette or pear cut.
Once you pick the setting, you can select the metal you prefer and look at the thousands of natural diamonds that With Clarity has in stock. You can affordably create a custom ring that checks all your boxes.
Like with other diamonds, you’ll want to carefully examine the cut. Oval cuts are unique in that some have a bow-tie effect. It is a shadow that’s cast over the middle section of the stone that looks like a bow tie. It occurs when light shines through the diamond and reflects off the facets of the stone, and it’s then defused in a way that creates an unwanted shadow.
What’s unique about oval cut diamonds is that they are each different because their proportions vary. Oval cuts come in all sorts of shapes and sizes - thin, thick, rounded, and elongated. Personal preferences play a role in the oval’s proportions (length-to-width ratio). Most jewelers say the ideal length-to-width ratio of an oval diamond is 1.35 to 1.50. This ratio gives you an oval diamond that won’t be too round or too pointy. The lower the ratio, the rounder the oval, and the higher the ratio, the thinner it’ll be.
Are oval cut diamonds more expensive than other shapes?
Oval cut diamonds aren’t more expensive than other cuts. In general, oval natural diamonds cost about 20% to 25% less than round-cut diamonds. However, diamond quality will impact the price of the diamond as well.
Are oval cut diamonds suitable for lab grown diamond engagement rings?
Oval natural and lab grown diamonds make stunning center stones for engagement rings. They’re a versatile, elegant shape that’s very flattering on the finger. Oval shaped diamonds continue to increase in popularity because they have tons of sparkle, look elegant on the finger, and are an eye-catching shape. They work well in many different types of settings.
What is the significance of the bow-tie effect in oval cut diamonds?
The bow-tie effect affects several diamond shapes, including ovals, by casting a shadow that looks like a bow-tie over the middle section of the stone. It happens when the light shines through and reflects off the facets of the stone. The light gets defused in a way that creates this shadow.
Do oval cut diamonds suit certain hand shapes better?
Oval cut diamonds are a flattering shape on the finger and look amazing on hands and fingers of all shapes and sizes. The oval shape can make your fingers appear thinner and longer - try it for yourself and see. It’s a unique cut that makes an appealing engagement ring.
Can oval cut diamonds be used in three stone ring settings?
You’ll see a variety of three stone rings using oval natural diamonds. While you’ll see three stone rings using all ovals, you’ll also find side stones that aren’t ovals. Mix and match diamond cuts using pears, trillions, baguettes, or round side stones.
Can oval cut diamonds be re-cut or re-shaped if needed?
While it’s not as common, a pear or marquise diamond can be recut or re-shaped into an oval diamond. Re-cutting or re-shaping will make the stone lose about 10% to 20% of its carat weight. Sometimes, diamonds are cut because the original diamond is damaged or re-shaped.