With a shape similar to both marquise and rounds, the oval cut diamond is a fantastic choice for bridal sets and diamond settings in general. Due to this similarity in cut, the oval can have a brilliant level of fire on par with the notorious round cut.
A Brief History of the Oval Cut Diamond
Though its credited as having beginnings back in the earliest part of the 1700s, the oval cut wasn’t specifically named until almost the 20th century. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the first known mention of the oval cut diamond didn’t occur until the late 1800s.
The reason for the discrepancy in its beginnings lies mainly with the classification system of the earliest cuts. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was common for diamonds to simply be classified as “brilliant,” no matter which shape they were created in.
One of the most famous gems in history, the Koh-i-Noor diamond, is an oval cut diamond. The 105.60 carat diamond was steeped in royal history from the Persians to its current place in the Queen of England’s crown. It is currently held as part of the British Royal Family’s crown jewels and can be seen in the Tower of London.
Why Choose a Oval Cut?
Oval cut diamonds have long been chosen as bridal sets because of their amazing fire and brilliance. Since they are similar in shape to the most popular (and most brilliant) cut, the round, ovals are one of the few “fancy” cuts that can match the notorious radiance.
In addition to the greater brilliance, ovals are also a popular choice because of their shape. Many who choose to wear an oval cut, say they prefer the elongated shape because they feel it is much more flattering on their finger. It is believed that the longer shape makes the wearer’s fingers appear slender and long as well.
What to Consider
Beyond the aesthetics, oval cut diamonds have several benefits over other cuts. More than just a beautiful cut of gem, the oval has practicality and built-in value.
Since the oval cut has a much larger surface area than the equally sized round cut, the oval cut will appear larger than the round. As a result, the oval usually comes with a much friendlier price tag, so buyers get “more bang for the buck” so to speak.
In addition to the larger appearance, the oval does have a more practical benefit as well. Since oval cuts do not have the points of the marquise cut, or the corners of a princess or emerald, it is far less prone to damage. The rounded edges have much less chance of chipping or breaking.
One thing to consider when picking out an oval cut, is what is known as the “bow-tie” within the diamond. This is a pattern of light that is displayed that will have a “bow-tie” shape in a darker color near the center of the diamond. Since these darken the diamond, they will detract from its value so it’s important to make sure you choose an oval cut with little to no “bow-tie” effect in the center.
Overall, if you’re looking for fire and brilliance, but want something more than the traditional round cut, the oval is an excellent choice. No other cut can match the radiance of a round quite like the oval cut diamond.