An Oval diamond ring is ideal for those who want the sparkle of the Round Brilliant cut yet in a more elongated and unusual shape. Originating over 200 years ago, the Oval cut has progressed to become one that stuns because of its brilliance and optimises carat weight. Oval cut diamond rings are also loved by many because it has the ability to make the finger appear slimmer and longer.
The Oval diamond boasts and elegant and timeless appearance; it is an elongated round shape, which falls somewhere in the middle between the Pear shape and the Round Brilliant cut. You get all the brilliance of the latter while the unique shape elongates the finger and is ideal for those who want to stay away from the most common cuts. It is growing in popularity in terms of centre stones for engagement rings.
The Oval cut tends to have a length to width ratio between 1.33 and 1.66 and it features 58 facets. The bow-tie effect can occur with the Oval diamond sometimes. What this means is that a shadow can be cast across the stone’s central facets when light passes through. Altering the depth of the pavilion is a good way to reduce the bow-tie effect while another approach is to diffuse light better by adjusting the angles of the facets and the table.
You need to roll back the clock a couple of hundred years ago to see when the first Oval shaped diamond was introduced. However, it was not until the early 1960s that the Oval cut as we know it today came about. Lazare Kaplan, a Russian diamond cutter, is credited with creating the modern Oval cut. This is something that actually led to him having a place in the Jewellers International Hall of Fame.