Keep Her Smiling Year After Year with a Yellow Gold Oval Engagement Ring
Yellow gold constantly ranks near the top for most popular metals for diamond engagement rings. The reason is simple: It’s a timeless style that both fits in with today’s trendy setting styles — and yesterday’s classics. Pair yellow gold with another timeless piece — an oval cut diamond — and you get a beautiful ring that she’ll be as proud to show off in 30 years as she is the day you propose.
Popularity of oval engagement rings
Round cut diamonds might be the most popular diamond shape, but oval diamonds are experiencing a renaissance of sorts with more and more people opting for the oblong shape over a perfectly round diamond.
The reason? Celebrities might have something to do with it.
Kate Middleton might have the most famous oval ring of all. Though it’s not a diamond, the oval-shaped sapphire given to her by Prince William once belonged to his beloved mother, Princess Diana.
Serena Williams also rocks a huge, sparkling oval diamond — offset by two side diamonds — thanks to her now-husband, tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian.
Katharine McPhee, Blake Lively, Julianne Hough and Karlie Kloss all rock oval diamond engagement rings, too — and there are plenty more.
Things to consider with yellow gold oval engagement rings
While oval engagement rings might be popular with celebrities, it’s important to weigh your options before deciding if it's the right choice for you. Specially, when it comes to yellow gold oval engagement rings, you should:
Watch out for the bow tie effect
A bow tie typically happens on oval, pear and marquise diamonds and is a dark area that extends over the body of the diamond, much like a bow tie. While it’s almost impossible to avoid a small bow-tie effect on these diamonds, a larger one is indicative of a bad cut and will affect the overall sparkle of the stone.
Decide on orientation
Traditionally, oval diamonds will be mounted lengthwise in the setting, but you can also opt for an east west setting to change up the look. With Clarity offers a couple styles of settings with oval diamonds positioned this way. It's an elegant twist on classic designs that makes your ring unique but also timeless.
Understand the effect of yellow gold on your diamond
Yellow gold settings can make high color grade diamonds look a bit yellow, but they'll actually make lower color grade diamonds appear white. They do this because a lower color grade diamond might have a hint of yellow that contrasts a lot with white gold but blends in more with a yellow gold setting. But tread gently when choosing your diamond's color grade — oval diamonds can show color more easily in their tapered ends.
Top yellow gold oval engagement rings
So, you’ve decided on a yellow gold oval engagement ring. Now what? We get that shopping for the perfect diamond engagement ring can be overwhelming, so we rounded up a few of our favorites to help you get started.