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OVAL DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT
RING BUYING GUIDE
In 1957, a Russian diamond cutter named Lazare Kaplan developed a process for cutting oval shaped diamonds that is still used today. Known as a “fancy shape”, oval diamonds are growing in popularity thanks to A-listers like Hailey Bieber and Blake Lively, wearing the look proudly. A variation on the round brilliant, which is the most popular diamond shape in the world, an oval diamond engagement ring is a beautiful twist on classic elegance that any bride-to-be would love.
WHY CHOOSE AN OVAL DIAMOND?
If you’re looking for something unique but don’t want to give up sparkle, an oval diamond might be the perfect compromise. With no sharp corners, oval diamonds are less prone to chipping than other shapes and the elongated shape can make fingers appear slimmer. Thanks to their sparkle, oval diamonds are good at hiding inclusions. If you're looking for something outside the norm that still has a timeless, classic quality, an oval diamond engagement ring might be right for you.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN OVAL DIAMOND
While the 4 Cs are always important, oval diamonds are usually graded a bit differently than other more common shapes like round brilliant or princess cut. The GIA doesn’t provide cut gradings for oval diamonds because there are no standard cut parameters for the “perfect” oval shape. A diamond expert can help you find the best cut for you based on general guidelines. A couple things you should keep in mind when shopping for an oval diamond engagement ring include:
BOW TIE EFFECT
Due to their elongated shape, most oval cut diamonds have a dark space that stretches across the diamond’s center, known as the bowtie. Ideally, you want to choose an oval diamond without a prominent bowtie effect.
LENGTH TO WIDTH RATIO
While ultimately dependent on personal preference, the ideal length to width ratio for an oval diamond is between 1.30 and 1.50.