Engagement rings come in different designs, shapes, luster, and colors. What you like will depend entirely on what you want. But, young brides have always had a slight inclination to select oval engagement rings. An oval diamond is considered one of the most elegant diamond shapes and its radiant fire can be closely compared with that of round brilliant cut.
History Of The Oval Diamond
The modern oval cut was invented by Lazare Kaplan who was a Russian and belonged to a family of skilled and educated jewelers. He grew up under the guidance and shelter of his uncle, Abraham Tolkowsky, the diamond cutter famous for inventing the ideal cut.
Before the invention of the oval cut, Kaplan was known for his skills in cleaving, a process in which a cracked diamond is cut into small, unflawed diamonds. He worked on diamonds that were called useless by other diamond cutters. This gained him a reputation as a talented diamond cutter but his fame only reached all the corners of the world after he invented the modern oval cut. Its beauty and elegance won him many fans from all around the world.
Famous Oval Diamonds
The Kohinoor is probably the oldest oval diamond. The one who possesses this diamond is said to rule the world. It belonged to Indian kings from where it was passed on to other countries like Afghanistan and Iran. It now belongs to the British Royal family after it was presented to Queen Victoria on July 3, 1870. It was passed down in the family since then and now, you will find it displayed in the Tower of London with the other crown jewelry.
Similar to Kohinoor in origin, it was mined from India’s Golconda district. The House of Hapsburg got the diamond as dowry during the marriage of Infanta Margarita Teresa of Spain. It reached the Wittelsbach family in 1722 as a part of a dowry from where it vanished in 1931. It was however found after thirty years back in the same form. Following its rediscovery, it was auctioned by a rich, influential Lawrence Graff, who asked to cut the cushion cut diamond to oval.
Another oval diamond that made it into the list is the Pink Star or Steinmetz Pink. This beauty was mined in Botswana in the year 1999, and now is owned by the Hong Kong jeweler Chow Tai Fook.
Oval cut engagement rings will give the bride an elegant and classy look. Get one for yourself now!