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 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