In the past few blogs that we have written, we have been reviewing various shapes of diamonds. For a new diamond researcher, you may have been under the impression that there were only a couple of diamond shapes to choose from. Well, if you have been keeping up with our blog, you now know that this is not quite true. There are many different shapes of diamonds; this is what makes finding the perfect shape of diamond such a fun and enjoyable process.
In this blog we are going to be reviewing the oval shape diamond. While not as popular as the round brilliant or princess cut diamond, the oval diamond offers a similar brilliance to that of the round brilliant cut diamond. The oval shape diamond is a relatively new cut of diamond as it was developed by Lazare Kaplan in the 1960’s. For women who love the fire and brilliance of the round brilliant cut diamond but are looking for something more unique – the oval shape diamond with its 56 facets is the way to go! One of the benefits of an oval shape diamond is the elongated shape. This can often be mistaken for being a much larger carat size than it really is. In addition, because of its shape, it can make fingers look longer and slimmer.
Oval shape diamonds can vary in both their length and width. While the length to width ratio is entirely up to preference, the ideal preference is a length to width ratio of 1.35 – 1.50. However, if you opt to go with a thinner oval shape diamond, try placing it in a setting with stones on both sides – the result is stunning!
One of the things to be on the lookout for when considering an oval shape diamond is what is referred to as the “bow-tie”. If you look closely at an oval shape diamond, there is a bow tie shape in the middle of the diamond. This is a result of how it is cut to form the shape. Bow ties can range from being very noticeable to hardly visible at all.
If you have been wondering if the oval cut diamond is the right choice for you, we invite you to stop by our store or visit us online. We have a wide range of oval cut diamonds and would be more than happy to educate you on what to look for as well as help you find the perfect stone.