Created in the 1960s, the oval cut is a diverse version of the brilliant-cut that is preferred for its uniqueness. The cut is reminiscent of a round cut in terms of its fire and brilliance and is perfect for customers that appreciate the fire and brilliance of a round cut but want a unique shape.
The elongated shape of the oval diamond makes it look larger than its size. Oval diamond ring makes the finger look slimmer.
The standard oval cut has a length to width ratio of 1.35 to 1.5.
The History Of The Oval Cut
The oval cut has been popular for many centuries and the earliest ones date back to the 1300s. However, until the 1800s, there is hardly any description of them in literature.
In 1957, Lazare Kaplan, a Russian diamond cutter perfected the oval cut process and created brilliant oval diamonds. The cutting process is still in use.
What Settings Go Well With Oval Cut Diamonds?
The versatility of oval cut diamonds makes them look good with all types of settings.
Six-prong and four-prong settings are great with the oval cut as they are perfect for showcasing the diamond shape well. The cut also goes well with bezel settings.
When it comes to style, almost all settings including vintage and side stone suit the oval diamond.
Buying An Oval Cut
Here are some of the factors that should be considered when buying an oval cut.
Ova cuts come in different shapes according to their length-to-width ratios. We recommend avoiding cuts with squared or pointed edges.
Also, the symmetry of the overall oval shape is important.
In oval cuts, a bowtie mostly forms in the middle of the stone. All oval cuts have bowtie but not all are alike. Their effects of performance and their prominence differs from one another.
The color of oval cuts of lower color grades stands out more. Hence we recommend choosing color grades that at least belongs to the H grade.
Oval cuts are known for their brilliance that makes the imperfections if any less visible. Even the stones of the SI2 clarity grade appear clean to the naked eye. However, be careful to avoid inclusions near the center as they will be noticed the most.
The oval cut is a fancy cut that easily combines the brilliance and sparkle of the round cut with the uniqueness of the oval shape and can be a great choice for couples looking to have a unique engagement ring.