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What is an Oval Cut engagement ring?

An oval cut engagement ring refers to a ring featuring an oval shaped centre stone set into the engagement ring. Oval diamonds are a trendy, brilliant cut, and make a great choice when looking for a shape for your engagement ring. Oval cuts were initially invented in the early 1300’s, then later refined by Lazare Kaplan in the 1960's, to the oval cut we all know and love.

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What to consider when buying an Oval Cut engagement ring?

  1. Gemstone

    The gemstone used in your oval cut engagement ring is the most important element to consider. Diamonds are the most traditional options, oval cut diamond engagement rings are the most common shape used for diamonds in engagement rings. There are other gemstone options like sapphire, ruby, emerald, aquamarine, tanzanite, pearls and other gemstones that can be cut into an oval shape and used for an engagement ring. After choosing a stone, it’s important to look at the 4 C’s; Cut, Colour, Clarity, and carat weight. The Carat weight of the diamonds and/or gemstones is an important consideration. Whether it’s 0.5 carat, 0.75 carat, 1 carat, 1.5 carat, or 2 carat oval engagement rings. Your budget is the key to helping make a decision for centre stone size and quality.

  2. Settings

    There are 3 main setting options for oval cut engagement rings: Prong, bezel and tension settings. Prong settings are the most popular setting for oval engagement rings, 4, 6, and 8 prong variations are the most common amount of prongs used for oval cuts. Tension settings are another option when choosing a setting for oval engagement rings, and are very unique, but only certain shapes can be set in a tension setting. Bezel settings also come in a full bezel, and half bezel alternatives, bezel options are the safest option, and are a great choice for those who are clumsy and prone to damaging their ring. The perfect setting for a brilliant oval cut engagement ring comes down to your preference, and weighing up the benefits of the different settings.

  3. Metal

    Platinum and gold are the two main metal choices for those interested in an oval cut engagement ring. Platinum has its beautiful silver colour and is a very durable option for a Channel engagement ring. Gold comes in 9k, 14k, and 18k gold for engagement rings, along with white, yellow, and rose gold colours for oval shaped engagement rings. Consider the metal type you like along with the different colours, and the durability of the metal or its karat when choosing a metal for your Oval engagement ring.

  4. Style of engagement ring

    The style of your oval cut is another important consideration, when purchasing an engagement ring. There are many engagement ring styles like solitaire, halo, three stone, vintage, side stone and many more. Solitaire’s are a very popular option for oval cut designs, and are the most classic combination. Halo’s and its variations, double, and hidden halo are another great option for this cut, the Oval halo enhances the centre stones visual appearance. Utilising three Oval Cuts apart from a three stone is another common option, and carries significant symbolism. Vintage inspired styles featuring key embellishments and customisations are popular for brilliant oval cut diamonds. Side stones like channel and pavé are also another great option for oval diamonds.

Why Should I Buy an Oval Cut Engagement Ring?

You should buy an oval engagement ring because of a multitude of reasons. Firstly, oval diamonds can appear larger than other cuts of the same carat weight due to their elongated shape, making them a cost-effective choice for those seeking a bigger look. Secondly, oval cuts are modern and popular, providing a stylish alternative to traditional cuts like round diamonds. They also tend to be cheaper than round diamonds, offering excellent value for those with budget considerations. However, there are some drawbacks to consider. Oval diamonds may exhibit a bow tie effect, a dark area that can appear in the centre of the diamond, especially in poorly cut stones. Additionally, the elongated shape of oval diamonds can make inclusions and blemishes more noticeable compared to round diamonds. Furthermore, oval cuts lack a standard cut, so choosing a diamond with proportions that are too extreme can result in a wide or chunky appearance, impacting the overall ring.

What are the pros of buying an Oval Cut engagement ring?

  • Can Appear Larger Than Other Cuts in the Same Weight: Oval cut diamonds have an elongated shape creating the illusion of a larger size compared to other diamond shapes of the same carat weight. This makes oval cut diamonds a popular choice for those seeking a larger-looking diamond on a stricter budget.
  • They Are Modern and Popular: Oval cut diamonds have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their modern and stylish appearance. Their shape offers a unique alternative to traditional round diamonds, making them a fashionable choice for engagement rings.
  • Cheaper Than Round: Oval cut diamonds are typically more affordable than round diamonds of the same carat weight. This is because the oval cut retains more of the rough diamond during the cutting process, resulting in less wastage and a lower cost per carat.

What are the cons of buying an Oval Cut engagement ring?

  • Bow Tie Effect: Some oval cut diamonds may exhibit a "bow tie effect," which is a dark area resembling a bow tie that appears in the centre of the diamond. This effect can occur due to the diamond's cut and can detract from its overall appearance, especially in lower-quality cuts.
  • Inclusions and Blemishes Are More Obvious Than Round: Due to the elongated shape of oval cut diamonds, inclusions and blemishes may be more visible than in round diamonds. This is because the larger surface area of the diamond's facets can make flaws more apparent, requiring careful consideration of clarity when selecting an oval cut diamond.
  • No Standard Cut: Unlike round diamonds, which have standardised proportions for ideal brilliance, oval cut diamonds can vary in their length-to-width ratios. Choosing an oval diamond with proportions that are too extreme can result in a "wide" or "chunky" appearance, which may not be aesthetically pleasing. Careful selection of the diamond's proportions and a master jeweller is essential to avoid this issue.

How much should I spend on an Oval Cut engagement ring?

An Oval engagement ring at DG & Co. Jewellery costs between $1,485 - $4,895 for the design alone. When Choosing a diamond or gemstone centre stone this is what can really bring up the cost, especially when going for a large high quality Diamond or precious gemstone. The average oval cut engagement ring costs between $7,000 - $12,000.

What is the best Oval Cut engagement ring?

The best Oval Cut engagement ring will ultimately be dependant on each person's preferences, but our most popular designs are below:

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why An Oval Cut Engagement Ring?

Oval cut engagement rings are well-liked for their distinctive and attractive appearance, which lengthens the finger and gives the hand a smaller appearance. They can be fashioned in a variety of ways and have a greater surface area than round cuts, giving the impression of a larger diamond. They often reflect more light, giving the diamond the appearance of being brighter.

What Setting Complements An Oval Cut?

An oval cut diamond can look beautiful in a solitaire setting, halo setting, three-stone setting, or vintage/antique setting. Think about elements like gem size, quality, and general design when choosing a setting. Ultimately, there is no one size fits all approach, it comes down to preference, taste and budget to make your perfect oval cut engagement ring.

Are Oval Engagement Rings Popular?

Halo, solitaire, and side stone settings are popular choices for an oval cut diamond. The central stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds in a halo, which makes it appear bigger and more brilliant. For a clean and sophisticated appearance, solitaire jewellery just displays the central diamond. Diamonds are set on either side of the side stone to increase brilliance. Each setting offers a distinctive appearance to highlight the brilliance of the oval-cut diamond.

Why Do Oval Diamonds Appear Bigger Than Round Diamonds?

Due to its longer form and higher crown, which creates a bigger surface area and more light reflection, oval diamonds look larger than round diamonds of the same carat weight. When comparing diamonds of the same carat weight, the perceived size difference is caused by shape rather than weight or size.

Why is an Oval Cut cheaper than a round?

Oval diamonds are typically less expensive than round diamonds because they are less in-demand and result in a lower yield from the rough diamond due to longer cut length. The price of a diamond is determined by several factors and can vary widely within each shape.

What is the difference between oval and cushion cut?

In terms of appearance and shape, a cushion cut diamond and an oval differ from one another. Oval cut diamonds have an extended shape that resembles an oval and provide a contemporary appeal. A cushion cut diamond, on the other hand, has a plush and romantic appeal because of its softened edges and softer, square form. Both cuts are common options for engagement rings, so which one you choose ultimately depends on your own taste and preferences.

What is the ideal length to width ratio for an oval diamond?

An oval diamond should have a length to width ratio of between 1.33 and 1.66. While retaining the diamond's elongated form, this ratio gives a pleasing and well-balanced look. A diamond's appearance will be more round in an oval with a ratio close to 1.33 and more elongated in an oval with a ratio close to 1.66. Personal choice and the final design of the ring will determine the optimal ratio for an oval diamond.

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