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Oval Diamond Engagement Rings: A Complete Guide

Planning on proposing? You might be confused about the different diamonds and cuts that are available. We’ve put together this helpful guide that explains what an oval engagement ring is, what the meaning of an oval ring is, the price, and what the difference between oval and round diamonds are.

What are oval diamond engagement rings?

Oval diamonds refer to their shape. They are an elongated round brilliant cut and have the same facets (and the same number of facets) as a round diamond however with different sizes and proportions. Oval diamonds are popular for engagement rings because when they are cut well, they can rival the brightness of a round diamond but also give an alternate shape. Another reason for their popularity is they can make a person’s finger look thinner and longer so suit a wide range of hand shapes and sizes.   The origins of the oval diamond goes back centuries but it was Lazare Kaplan, a Russian diamond cutter who gave oval diamonds their reputation during the 1950s. His expert hands were able to turn the roughest diamond into a beautiful piece of jewellery. Princess Kate, Katie Holmes and Selma Hayek are just a few famous names who favour the oval diamond cut.

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What is the meaning of an oval diamond ring?

The oval shape represents rebirth, fertility and immortality, which is why it’s a popular shape for couples who are beginning a new life together. It’s also a great diamond for people who are getting remarried as a symbol of their new life.

Are oval diamonds expensive?

Oval diamonds are sold at a discount to the price of an equivalent size and quality round diamond. This is because the diamond crystal rough can return a higher yield when cut into an oval rather than a round – essentially there is less diamond crystal ‘wasted’. If you’re on a budget it might be a good option as it’s just as sparkly as the round cut.

What’s the difference between an oval and a round cut diamond engagement ring?

When choosing an engagement ring, a lot of it comes down to personal taste, hand shape and budget. Below is an outline for each style.   Advantages of the oval diamond: – Unique diamond shape – Larger looking diamond – A rarer diamond cut – Elegant and refined shape – Sparkling cut stone   Advantages of the round diamond: – The brightest diamond cut (when cut well!) – Timeless, classic style – Many options when buying – The most popular and therefore most prevalent shape.

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Affordability of an oval diamond engagement rings

Despite oval diamond cuts being rarer than round diamond cuts, oval diamond engagement rings are more affordable – which is great for those who can’t afford to splurge on a $10,000 engagement ring. That means you can buy a bigger diamond in an oval cut for the same price as a smaller round cut. When cutting an oval diamond, there is less diamond rough wastage compared to a round diamond, which can lose up to 60% of the rough.

Size of an oval diamond engagement ring

Not only does an oval cut diamond look bigger, it’s about 10 percent bigger than a round cut by surface area. Also, when the human eye examines a diamond, we look from the top to the bottom so it appears a lot larger than it is.

Sparkle of the oval diamond engagement ring

While oval diamonds don’t have the same level of brilliance and fire that the round cut has, they can still be faceted to give an amazing sparkle. Oval cuts form part of the group of ‘brilliant cut’ which is the mathematically optimal way to a cut a diamond for brilliance, so they’re designed to maximise a sparkle.

The bow-tie effect

The bow-tie effect is always present when faceting an oval diamond. In essence it is a shadow or glassy dull patch through the centre of the diamond.It is so called because it looks like a gentleman’s bowtie which is due to its middle being deeper with short facets and its tips shallower with long facets. To cut a truly beautiful oval diamond the bow-tie effect should be minimised as much as possible.

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How do I choose the right oval diamond engagement ring?

Holdsworth Bros. has been running since 1884 and we have plenty of experience helping people choose the perfect oval diamond engagement ring. We have plenty of rings to choose from and even offer custom made engagement rings and engagement ring consultations for people who need help choosing the perfect ring.
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