The modern oval cut diamond was created in 1957. Oval cut engagement rings have diamonds which have an elongated round cut. Its elongated shape maximizes its carat weight. Because it has a larger surface area, it can appear larger to the eyes. The oval diamond engagement ring is one of the most popular engagement ring styles.
Things to know about oval cut diamonds
- Oval cut diamonds have good sparkle
- Oval cut diamonds don’t have a cut grade
- Oval cut diamonds mostly have a bow-tie
- They are less expensive than round diamonds
- Oval cut diamonds appear larger
Pros and Cons
- Oval cut diamonds costs less when compared to a round cut diamond.
- The larger surface area of an oval cut diamond makes it look larger than a round cut diamond. You can afford a bigger diamond of the same clarity and carat when compared to a round cut diamond.
- Oval cut is considered as the brightest cut of all. You are guaranteed a sparkle when purchasing a ring with oval cut diamond.
- Oval cuts don’t have any sharp corners. It doesn’t have any parts which will stick onto your hair or clothes. Oval cut diamond prongs are less likely to break when compared to prongs of square cut diamonds.
- The oval shape of the diamond can make women’s finger look thinner and longer.
- An oval cut stone comes with 4-Prong and 6-prong bezel setting. These settings hold the stone securely.
- The bow-tie effect is the primary concern of an oval cut diamond ring. With the oval cut, the light cannot distribute evenly throughout the diamond. Causing a bow-tie image in the center of the stone.
- The oval cut diamonds tend to highlight flaws. You’ll need a clarity of VS1 or above to make the most of your purchase.
Factors to Keep in Mind When Purchasing an Oval Cut Diamond
- Length to width ratio
A ratio of 1.30 – 1.50 is widely considered the most favorable. It ultimately comes to personal preferences.
- Color grade
GIA color grade ranges from D-Z, with D being colorless and Z being tinted yellow/brown. D is considered most desirable to Z, which is least desirable. Colors closer to D are more expensive.
- Clarity grade
Choosing a setting with small oval will help you conceal any imperfections in your oval diamond ring. So choosing a lower clarity grade diamond is the best possible option. Choosing a lower clarity diamond, allows you to buy a high carrot or a high color grade diamond.
- Carat weight
Ct or Carat, refers to the weight of a diamond measured in carats. Carats affect the size and price of your diamond.