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Oval-Cut Diamonds

A classic look with character. Find out what gives oval-cut diamonds a unique flair.

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OVAL-CUT DIAMONDS: KEY FEATURES

Oval-cut diamonds have been around for hundreds of years. However, it wasn’t until the 1950s that the modern cut was perfected, giving it that exceptional sparkle we know and love today. The oval-cut diamond is also admired for its unique shape, which adds an element of character to the classic rounded design. Learn more about what makes the oval-shaped diamond an attractive choice for an engagement ring.
 

Learn about oval-cut diamonds with our helpful guide

Shape

As its name suggests, the oval-cut diamond features an oval shape that creates a beautiful, elongated look. However, ovals come in different proportions. Depending on your personal tastes, you may be drawn to a thinner oval, while others may prefer a rounder outline. The most popular and appealing length-to-width ratio for an oval-cut diamond is between 1.30-1.50. Outside these ranges, the diamond may start to look too boxy or too long. Oval-cut diamonds are typically comprised of 58 facets, offering a high level of brilliance and fire.

 

Style

With its soft, rounded outline, the oval-cut diamond evokes a classic sophistication. At the same time, its elongated shape creates the illusion of appearing slightly larger than a round-cut diamond of the same carat weight, giving it a bolder look. The elongated shape of the oval-cut diamond can also make the wearer’s fingers appear longer and slimmer. If you’re drawn to a rounded design but you’re looking for a diamond with extra character, an oval-cut diamond offers standout style.

 

Price

The oval-cut diamond is generally less expensive than a round-cut diamond of similar size and quality. This is partly due to the fact that the oval shape doesn’t require as much material to be removed from the rough diamond during the cutting process. For round-cut diamonds, a high amount of raw material is lost during the cutting process. This means you can often get better value for your money from an oval-cut diamond of the same carat weight.

A collage of oval-cut engagement rings

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BEST SETTINGS FOR oval-shaped DIAMONDS

Whether you prefer a subtle or showstopping ring, the oval-cut diamond is a versatile style, which means it can look good in almost any ring setting. With no sharp corners or pointed edges, the oval-cut diamond is also less prone to chipping, making it a durable shape for those with an active lifestyle. Here are some of the most popular settings for an oval-cut diamond engagement ring:
 


An oval-cut engagement ring in a solitaire setting

SOLITAIRE

 

Featuring a single center stone, the classic solitaire setting puts the spotlight on the oval-cut diamond’s unique shape. This setting uses a minimal amount of metal, which showcases the diamond and lets in lots of light, giving it plenty of shine.
 

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An oval-cut engagement ring in a three stone setting

THREE-STONE

 

Featuring two accent stones on either side of the center stone, a three-stone setting accentuates the oval-cut diamond while giving the ring more character, depth, and sparkle.
 

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An oval-cut diamond engagement ring in a halo setting

HALO

 

In a halo setting, the center stone is encircled by a ring of smaller accent stones. This can make the center stone look larger and give you a big, bold look with dazzling sparkle.
 

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An oval-cut engagement ring in a vintage inspired setting

VINTAGE

 

If you’re drawn to antique opulence and charm, a vintage-inspired engagement ring can give you a more classically romantic look. Intricate designs and ornate details channel old Hollywood glamour.
 

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An oval-cut engagement ring in a unique setting

UNIQUE

 

Make your own rules with a non-traditional engagement ring. Unique designs and dazzling colors will add a playful twist to your special day.
 

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