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HISTORY OF THE OVAL CUT DIAMOND

The Oval shape of the diamond has been in high demand for centuries. The earliest known oval diamonds date back to the 1300’s, but they were only given the name we know today in the 1800’s. In 1957, Lazare Kaplan, a Russian diamond cutter had perfected the oval cut process. He had a flair for turning undesirable and unpolished stones into gorgeous sought-after diamonds. His method of stone cutting significantly improved the brilliance of the oval diamond and his method is still being used by diamond cutters to generate brilliant oval cut diamonds today.

BEST SETTINGS FOR OVAL CUT DIAMONDS

In general, oval cut diamonds can be paired with just about any setting and still look stunning. The best settings for oval cut diamonds generally include four or six prongs, which emphasize the shape of the diamond.. Engagement rings with oval cut diamonds, especially those with three or five stones, may feature four or six prongs for the center diamond and a bezel setting for the side stones. You can design an oval cut diamond engagement ring with almost any kind of setting from vintage to the side stone setting.

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OVAL CUT DIAMOND – CUT QUALITY

Cut is the most important attribute of any diamond. It impacts the overall aesthetics and structure of the stone along with its ability to give it brilliance and fire. In addition to providing cut grading for some shapes, like Round Brilliant Cuts, the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) does not provide it for Oval Cut Diamonds. The difference between an excellent Oval and standard cut parameters is due to the Oval's unique and complex structure. No matter what anyone describes, there is no magic combination for table or depth. A diamond's beauty is determined, above all, by what you-and the wearer-see. All Cut recommendations for Oval Diamonds should be regarded as broad and generally subjective.

OVAL CUT DIAMOND – LENGTH TO WIDTH RATIO

When determining a diamond's length to width ratio, divide the diamond's length by its width. A diamond's ratio is proportionate to the shape it is intended for (i.e. square or rectangular). For example, a diamond that measures 5.5mm long and 3.5mm wide has a length to width ratio of 1.5. Although the length to width ratio of the Oval Cut Diamond varies depending on personal preference, it is usually between 1.30-1.50 that is considered most appealing.

BOWTIE EFFECT IN OVAL CUT DIAMONDS

In part due to their elongated shape, Oval Cut Diamonds almost always have a bowtie effect. Diamonds have a dark area spanning across their centers called the bowtie. The severity of a bowtie varies among diamonds: sometimes it's easily seen, and sometimes it's barely noticeable. A prominent bowtie can detract from the beauty of the stone. It's important to avoid Oval Diamonds with a dominant bowtie.

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SETTINGS THAT PAIR WELL WITH OVAL DIAMONDS

Due to their unique shape, ovals may not pair well with all ring designs.

Patronus ring shape - In a unique design, the Patronus ring features pavé diamonds to symbolize a partnership with each shank representing a half of a couple. A couple meets by chance, falls in love, and becomes one (as symbolized by the center stone)

Infinity ring shape - Infinity symbolizes forever-lasting love. The infinity ring, however, does not feature a circle of diamonds, but rather incorporates the infinity sign, which symbolizes that infinite relationship.

Halo setting - small diamonds sparkle with the light making an oval cut even more radiant. Halo engagement rings with an oval setting have plenty of character, irrespective of the carat weight.

Solitaire settings - A solitaire setting lets the oval take center stage thanks to its classic, simple style. Solitaire rings will never go out of style, whether they are made of yellow or rose gold.

Setting with multiple stones - Whether it's a three-stone ring or a setting with multiple stones, the extra sparkle complements the oval shape.

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Oval Cut Diamonds are the perfect choice for those with an active lifestyle since they do not contain any pointed edges. It also exhibits a high level of brilliance and fire, giving it its own unique personality. An Oval Cut Diamond is an excellent choice for those who prefer an elegant look with a unique flair and excellent durability