It seems not so long ago that women who were “in the know” would choose a cushion or Asscher cut diamond for their engagement ring. I suspect the winds are changing and will go out on a limb and state it for the record: oval engagement rings are the new ‘it’ ring. There are myriad reasons I love oval engagement rings but at the top of the list: they are equally flattering on large hands and small; and round stones over 2.5 carats look clumsy–so for women who like a round shape but want a larger stone an oval diamond is a very elegant alternative.
My current favorite fair-haired couple, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, were recently married, and leave it to the Gossip Girl star to get it exactly right. For their engagement, Ryan presented Blake with a stunning light pink oval diamond set in rose gold from Lorraine Schwartz that was later paired with a diamond and rose gold wedding band (both shown in the picture above). Sources estimate the oval diamond to be approximately 12 carats and worth 1.5 to 2 million dollars.
For more information and things to consider when choosing an oval diamond, read my post on oval engagement rings here. As always, if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.
I’ve noticed quite a bit of curiosity about oval-cut diamond engagement rings lately yet there are not many on the market. This tells me there is a new breed of woman who want something traditional and elegant but want to push outside of the norm a bit and no one is catering to them. For shame! I am personally a big fan of oval-cut diamonds.
Lets start with some basics shall we? An oval cut is considered a fancy cut (everything that is not round is considered a fancy cut) but the great thing about oval cut diamonds is that they are still brilliant cuts (having 57 or 58 facets rather than step cuts which have far fewer facets) so they sparkle as much as a round brilliant diamond and a lot more than step cut diamonds such as emerald cuts.
Still with me? OK, now onto looks. Oval cuts are universally flattering but they really do something for women with larger hands and long fingers (see my post about finding the right shape diamond for your hand here) especially if you’re going for a big rock (over 3 carats). The oval shape takes up more finger and makes the hand look far more proportional whereas a round brilliant would make long fingers look a bit more exaggerated.
Now onto big rocks. If you’re a traditional girl and like the aesthetic of a round brilliant diamond but you’re budget allows for a diamond of over 2.5 carats (well done you) and you’re planning on buying it retail go with an oval. Please. Nothing looks worse than a giant round brilliant diamond that is designed and executed poorly, it looks cartoonish. SO if you’re exceeding 2.5 carats either go bespoke and have a reputable designer make one specifically for your hand or go with an oval. Ovals are much more forgiving as 3+ carat stones.
How to choose an oval you ask? Good question. You will want to make sure its symmetrical. Meaning if you’re looking at the stone face-on are the edges symmetrical, is the table centered? Then look at the diamond from profile view (from table to culet as we say in the trade), make sure everything looks proportional and the pavilion (the lower part of the diamond) is not too thick. If it’s too thick it means its hiding weight and your stone looks smaller than the weight of the stone suggests, in other words, you’re paying for more carats than you can see. If all this is making your head spin go to someone you trust and have them make sure you’re getting a stone with a good cut or drop me a note or comment and I will answer your questions.
Note: oval cut diamonds are generally priced slightly lower than round brilliants because there is less demand for ovals. Bonus!
Finally, if you are indeed looking for something specific and you can’t find it retail don’t forget that you can always get it bespoke. Many people falsely assume that bespoke jewelry services are out of their reach but that is simply not the case. In bespoke we are much more able to work within budgets and you get far more for your spend. Revelation, I know.