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Oval Diamonds


For a mod and stylistic gem, the 1960’s-era Oval Cut is an elliptical and optical illusion that functions well as a solitaire or as a perfect centre stone for larger pieces.

This relatively newer cut is a pleasant variation of the Round Brilliant cut, and first entered the retail market only 50 years ago. The Oval is an elongated shape that in appearance seems to hold more carat weight than its contemporaries. It has a vertical shape that lengthens fingers, thus creating a more delicate and feminine look. However, because of the laws of proportion and facet angles, an Oval diamond does not possess equal clarity as that of the Round. In the rough stone evaluation process, a cutter may determine it preferable to shape a Round a little longer than it is wide because he can see the potential to retain greater carat weight without sacrificing too much brilliance. The artisan will cut the diamond to make the best use of light refraction from one facet or angle plain to another, resulting in the Oval. A beautiful choice, it is a stone often used for more specific applications than other choices, as it makes a great centre or companion piece when grouped or clustered.

The configuration of an Oval is similar to the Round, and features 56 facets. A non-round diamond cannot be perfectly proportioned. It is not mathematically possible. Badly proportioned ovals will look worse than correspondingly badly proportioned round stones, so personally seeing the stone is important to assure its shape is desirable. Much like other fancy cuts, there are no exact methods or measurements for proportioning the stone, so personal taste is the best thing to consider when picking out an appealing Oval.

The fancy shape of the typical Oval reflects light best when there is little to no colour at all. Especially with this gem, the clarity and colour is much more important than in others because impurity and inclusions are much more noticeable. There is perhaps too much argued in favour of the fire and brilliance of diamonds rather than support for the off-setting advantages of fancy shaped diamonds. Although there is an increased possibility for less than perfect characteristics to show up, such as the dark smudging “bow-tie” effect that many fancy cuts experience, the delicate shape of the Oval more than makes up for the common blemishes that more complicated cuts inevitably experience.

Setting itself apart from others because of its unique ellipse outline, this diamond is a cut that is close to the Round characteristics but still manages to host a one-of-a-kind in shape. The Oval does not follow the standard rules and is a conversation piece for those who don’t follow the majority.