Engagement Guide: The Oval Cut

Of all the stylistic components of an engagement ring, cut is probably one of the most important factors prospective buyers base their choice on. From princess to heart to marquis and more, the options are plenty and the ultimate choice may be overwhelming.

But one such cut has risen to prominence, regarded as an elegant accessory for a bride-to-be, and a solid choice for buyers searching for a unique aesthetic: the oval cut.


  • History of the Oval Cut

The modern oval cut as known and appreciated today was created in the late 1950s by Russian diamond cutter Lazare Kaplan, nephew of Abraham Tolkowsky, inventor of the ideal cut. During the height of his career, Kaplan was widely recognized for his cleaving skills, otherwise known as the process of cutting flawed or “worthless” diamonds into smaller pieces.

His invention of the oval cut, then, heightened his notoriety, securing his name in the diamond industry and leading to his induction into the Jewelers International Hall of Fame in 1979.


  • Modern Days, Modern Popularity

Oval cuts have been around for hundreds of years, though they have a long history of being disregarded in favor of other cuts. Since Kaplan, oval cut diamonds have gained almost as much momentum as round cut diamonds, as the elongation of the oval shape can make the diamond appear larger than it is to the naked eye.

In particular, such celebrities as Blake Lively, Amber Rose, Kate Middleton, Heidi Klum, and Sofia Vergara have worn oval cut engagement rings, helping to secure the cut’s place in modern society.


  • What To Look For In An Oval Cut

When browsing a selection of oval cut diamonds, the first thing you want to measure would be the gem’s overall ratio of length to width. While the ratio may vary from diamond to diamond, the average ring will fall between 1:3 to 1:5, depending on the size.

For example, the more elongated the diamond, the sharper it will appear. The shorter the ratio, however, the more soft and rounded it will be. In all, the perfect ratio will depend entirely on what sort of look you desire from your ring.

Otherwise, be aware that most diamond cuts feature a “bowtie effect,” wherein the asymmetrical cut can result in a dark, shadow-like discoloration toward the center of the diamond. This effect does not mean the diamond is bad, nor is it seen as an overarching negative trait. Simply put, where some feel it enhances the diamond’s beauty, others do not prefer it. 


Are you ready to start the hunt for your own oval cut ring? Or are you interested in exploring other options for your loved one? Then contact Hemming Jewelers today! As Jacksonville’s #1 independent jeweler, we’re guaranteed to have a variety of engagement rings and wedding bands that will make your bride blush with excitement. Call us today at (904) 354-5959 to learn more!