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Everything You Need to Know About Oval Cut Diamonds

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Oval cut diamonds get lots of “oohs” and “ahhs” for their brilliance and fire. This cut is a fancy cut that looks bigger than its carat weight, giving you plenty of bang for your buck.

Oval shaped diamonds are a popular alternative to the round cut. They’re large, versatile, and brilliant. Let’s take a look at what makes oval cut diamonds so special!

What is an oval cut diamond?

Oval Cut Diamonds

Oval cut diamonds are a mix of the round brilliant and pear cuts. With a whopping 58 facets, they’re super sparkly - although a little less so than the round brilliant. Ovals look a lot bigger than their carat weight, giving them lots of spread and finger coverage. 

What makes oval cut diamonds so popular?

The oval cut is a show stopper with oodles of sparkle and an attractive price point. It elongates the fingers and slims the hand, making your fingers and hand look slender and graceful. It’s always in style, unlike some other fancy shapes. What’s not to love?

You might think a cut this beautiful would have to cost a fortune. But in reality, a one carat oval diamond usually costs less than a one carat round brilliant - by about 25%!

As an added bonus, oval cut diamonds look bigger than round brilliant cuts of the same carat weight. You get a significantly bigger rock for less money when you choose the shape. And since the oval is smooth, unlike the Pear or Marquise, it’s super strong and chip-resistant. 

Oval Cut & Round Brilliant Cut

Oval cut diamonds combine affordability, beauty, and strength - it’s no wonder more and more women are choosing this shape. These stunning gemstones add character and sparkle to any engagement ring.

Decisions, decisions: choosing an oval cut diamond

One good thing about all ovals is that they hide imperfections well. You can usually choose lower clarity and color grades and still have an eye-clean, colorless-looking stone. That being said, a few things to keep in mind. 

First, ovals come in different lengths and widths. Long ovals have bigger facets, which act like windows to the center of the stone. The longer and thinner your oval cut diamond is, the higher the color grade you’ll want. Tint is especially visible around the edges, so we don’t recommend low color grades; H or higher is best for Ovals. 

Since this shape is so brilliant, you can play around with clarity. What matters is that the stone is eye-clean - but a SI1 and a VVS1 Oval can look the same to a naked eye. Use our 3D preview tool if you want to make sure you’re buying an eye-clean Oval. 

Something else to keep in mind with ovals? The bow tie effect, which can ruin an otherwise perfect stone…

Bow tie blues

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Oval cut diamonds have what’s known as a “bow tie” in the center. Bow ties are basically two dark triangles that meet in the center of the diamond. All ovals have bow ties - but some are barely visible while others look like permanent black shapes in the middle of your stone. 

To minimize the appearance of your bow tie, do the following: 

  • -Choose a less elongated, deeper stone
  • -Go for an “excellent” cut; it makes a huge deal with Oval center stones
  • -Preview stones using our 3D preview tool before buying

We pre-select oval center stones with minimal bow ties and film them for your consideration. Don’t worry about the effect too much. So long as you choose well, it’ll be invisible most of the time. 

Which settings complement oval cut diamonds?

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Oval cut diamonds are versatile enough to look fantastic in any setting.

It’s up to you whether you want to emphasize your oval as a solitaire, or get more drip with accent stones, a pave setting, a halo, etc. Many of our customers love the Penelope with oval center stones:

Oval cut diamonds also pair well with round cut side stones, like the Round Three Stone Liv. And our Pave Sofia add incredible sparkle to oval cut diamonds - an additional 1.12 carats in total carat weight, to be exact!

Centuries of oval cut history

Though they might look shiny and new, oval shaped diamonds have been around for hundreds of years. They were first documented as early as the fourteenth century - though they looked very different to modern ovals.

The cut had its big break in 1957, when a Russian diamond cutter changed the shaping game. Lazare Kaplan invented a technique to cut oval shaped diamonds that supercharged their brilliance, which is still used today.

Conclusion

From its brilliance and lively sparkle to its versatility and affordability, it's no wonder the oval cut diamond is so popular. The oval shape is a timeless classic that offers brides-to-be a flattering, elegant look that will shine for a lifetime.

Whether you want to rock a wider stone or a more elongated shape, Keyzar has got you covered with a huge selection of oval cut beauties.

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