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Oval Cut Diamonds

oval-diamonds-dallas-1Oval diamonds, also known as oval cut diamonds and oval shape diamonds, are some of the most brilliant and sought after diamonds in today’s diamond market. When you lay eyes on these incredible stones, you’ll see why they are so incredibly loved by both women and men alike. When it comes to buying an engagement ring, you’ll want your ring to project an air of elegance and tradition, but you also want it to possess a little more originality. If this is the case, you might take a closer look at this incredibly beautiful diamonds in Dallas.

What is an Oval Diamond?

oval-diamonds-dallas-2Created by Lazare Kaplan in the 1960’s, oval diamonds are a modified brilliant-cut, similar to virtually all round diamonds. Because the two shapes possess a similar fire and brilliance, the oval diamond is an ideal choice for a customer who likes the look of a round diamond, but wants something more unique. Oval diamonds are shaped exactly like they sound, in an oval shape, like an egg. These diamonds have the added advantage of an elongated shape, which can create the illusion of greater size. The slender shape can also make the finger of the wearer appear longer and slimmer, an effect often desired by women today.

What Does an Oval Cut Diamond Look Like?

oval-diamonds-dallas-3Simply said, this shape diamond looks like an egg. They are oval in shape with varying levels of “ovalness”. Some diamonds are wider and shorter, while others are longer and skinnier. The shape often depends on the rough original stone. The various levels of “ovalness” result in varying levels of light reflection, or “fire,” depending on how the facets are cut. This depends on the skill level of the cutter and polisher of the diamond rough. Generally, the most desired length-to-width ratio of this shape diamond is around 1.00 to 1.50, when looking at the gem from a top view. However, your personal preference will guide you to the shape that appeals most to you.

Oval Cut Diamonds – A Classic Look

oval-engagement-rings-dallas-1Oval diamonds are actually a type of modified brilliant cut. This is essentially similar to other types of round cuts, except that the shape tends to signify a bit more individuality and creativity for its wearer. This particular cut is described by the Gemological Institute of America as being “oval in shape with more brilliant facets”. This feature may also be the reason why this shaped diamond is said to have a graceful personality that catches the eye of the feminine, individualistic, and creative woman who enjoys the arts. The similarity of the oval to an egg shape can also oftentimes represent fertility or a desire for children – yet still keeping with a very stable diamond shape.

Who Likes Oval Cut Diamonds?

This diamond cut loved for those who enjoy elegant, traditional jewelry but want something slightly uncommon and unexpected. As with emerald-cut diamonds, oval cuts are a more popular choice for classic women seeking an elegant look. The shape of the diamond she’ll wear on her hand for eternity should flatter her hands and make them appear more beautiful. The diamond’s elongated shape will look flattering and lengthen the appearance of the fingers and look lovely on any woman’s hand.

What is the Best Setting for an Oval Cut Diamond?

oval-diamonds-dallas-4While the round brilliant cut dominates the solitaire setting in terms of popularity, the oval diamond seems to rule the diamond halo market. Diamond halo settings are seen in both diamond engagement rings and diamond upgrade rings. They can be used alone as well as in three stone settings. The possibilities with oval cut diamonds are truly endless. It is one of the most versatile diamonds to work with in terms of engagement rings settings. There is virtually no setting that doesn’t look fantastic with this shape diamond in it.

Another gorgeous design with an oval-cut diamond is to set it with a band of pavé or shared-prong set diamonds. Pave is a setting style where the diamonds are set so close together, showing no metal between them, that the entire ring appears covered in diamonds. An oval diamond can also be set with side stones on either side, half-moons, matching round cut diamonds.

A more unexpected and modern design is to set an oval shape diamond horizontally, so it runs across the finger. The diamond runs east/west as wide as the band, rather than setting the diamond vertically or parallel to the fingers. This way, the band braces the diamond along top and bottom edges of the gem creating a unique, unexpected design element.

The Ideal Oval Shape Diamond

oval-engagement-rings-dallas-2Clearly, the selection of an oval diamond is a deliberate one, since the shape is unmistakably classic, elegant and beautiful. The wearer knows she will be wearing a symbol of her commitment that exudes classic elegance and, if the setting dictates, a modern couple who knows what they want. Although some may think this shape has less sparkle than the brilliant round cut, when a master diamond cutter creates an oval diamond with technical precision, it can have an equal amount of brilliance and fire. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) does not give a Cut Grade to oval diamonds the way it does with round cut diamonds, so our own personal preference should dictate to some degree which diamond shape you like best. However, when selecting your ideal diamond, the “Ovalness” of the stone becomes extremely important. Some buyers prefer and long and narrow shape, while others prefer a wider, fatter shape. Only you will know if this shape is right for you – when you wear it, it should make you feel beautiful and like you never want to take it off. Like other fancy shape diamonds, oval cuts cannot be judged solely by the numbers.  It is best to see the stones in person. Look for pleasing, graceful, and symmetrically shaped oval cuts that appeal to your eyes.

The Oval Shape’s Popularity

Although the oval diamond engagement ring was not created until the 1960s, it has quickly become a popular style – especially for those who want slightly unexpected twist on the originally round cut. This shape diamond is actually a type of modified brilliant cut. This is similar to other types of round cuts, except that this diamond tends to signify a bit more individuality and creativity for its wearer.

oval-engagement-rings-dallas-3The diamond shape has gained popularity in recent years due to Hollywood starlets and songstresses selecting the gorgeous diamond shape for their engagement rings. Tom Cruise gave Katie Holmes a stunning oval shape diamond set in a beautiful diamond to celebrate their engagement. The 5.00 carat diamond ring is set in rose gold with a pavé-set diamond band. The ring embraces two trends: modern uniqueness with two precious metals (rose gold and platinum) and a French antique style with the pavé-set diamonds. Toni Braxton, became engaged to drummer Keri Lewis with a unique three-stone diamond ring. The oval-cut center diamond was set with two heart-shaped diamonds on each side.

Why Buy the Oval Shape Diamond?

Not only are oval shaped diamonds particularly beautiful and brilliant, this shape diamond can offer some added advantages to its wearer as well. Because of its elongated shape, this cut can actually create an illusion of the diamond being a larger size. These diamonds can typically offer a larger face to weight ratio than many other types of cuts – which is quite appealing to many diamond buyers and wearers. The diamond often looks 20% to 50% larger than its round brilliant cut counterpart of identical carat weight. Additionally, its elongated shape has the often-desired effect of making the finger of the oval stone’s wearer appear to be both longer and slimmer. This is an often sought after feature of this particular diamond cut.

Evaluating an Oval Diamond’s Cut

oval-engagement-rings-dallas-4Diamonds can come in a wide variety of different sizes and shapes. When referring to diamonds, though, many will use the word shape and cut interchangeably. However, there is a distinct difference the two.

The shape of a diamond refers to the actual outline of the stone itself – whether that is pear shape, round cut, oval shape, or another diamond shape, whereas the cut of a diamond refers to the actual facet arrangement of the stone itself.

When diamonds are properly cut, their light will go through the top, bounce around from facet to facet, and then shoot out, giving it a sparkle effect. Improperly cut, however, light tends to leak out from the bottom, leaving the stone with a more shallow or dull look. Visit our Diamond Cut page to learn more.

Where to Find the Best Oval Shape Diamond in Dallas

When you’ve found the right person, finding the right ring becomes that much more important. At Shapiro Diamonds, we believe personal attention, a no-pressure environment, and complete honesty, integrity and transparency can make your diamond buying experience that much more special.

If you’re seeking the perfect diamond ring in Dallas, let Shapiro Diamonds be your guide. Extensive expertise, coupled with wholesale diamond prices, can offer you the perfect opportunity to find the stone that you want at a value you can easily afford.

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