If you love the curved edges and sparkle of a round cut diamond, but want something a little more unique, oval diamonds are a perfect balance.

With their increased surface area, an oval diamond may appear larger than a round diamond of the same carat weight. The elongated shape is also known to flatter the wearer by making the finger appear longer and slimmer.

Oval diamonds can possess a bow-tie effect which occurs when the light doesn’t bounce into the middle of the diamond because of the way the diamond is cut. While most agree that this is a part of an oval diamond’s beauty, a severe effect is undesirable. All of our diamonds are hand-inspected to ensure they do not possess a strongly visible bow-tie.

oval diamond engagement ring with double halo

Oval diamonds are available in ratios (length divided by width) from 1.30 to 1.60, with the most popular between 1.30 to 1.45. If you go with a slightly thinner oval shape, consider flanking the diamond with side stones for balance.

The chart below serves as a general guideline for evaluating the cut of an oval cut diamond.

oval diamond cut guide

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