How To Choose the Perfect Oval Diamond Ring

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read

Oval Diamond ring


An engagement ring is a beautifully timeless, and symbolic gesture for a couple beginning their journey together.  While the round brilliant cut diamond has always been a classic shape that is chosen, today it seems everyone is vying for the oval cut diamond.  Understanding exactly what an oval cut engagement ring is, along with it's history and symbolism, may help you decide if it is the best choice for you.

What You Need To Know--

 What is an Oval Cut Diamond?

An Oval cut diamond encompasses a longer shape, has rounded corners, and the faceting of the round brilliant cut diamond. This shape diamond elongates that traditional round shape, but retains the rounded edge for greater durability rather than shapes that have sharper corners. The proportions of an oval cut diamond, or gemstone, can vary widely.  The oval cut diamond traditionally has a length to width ratio of 1.30 to 1.49 millimeters.  The depth of an oval cut diamond can range anywhere from a wide flat shape (50 - 55 % depth) to a heavier shape with a higher depth of 60-69 % depth. Any depth over 69.9 % is too heavy.  Because an oval cut is a modification of a round shape, it still has just as many facets and just as much sparkle and brilliance, but there is much more variation in its overall proportions. There are  shorter/fatter and “longer/thinner oval shapes available so your final decision will really be based on a matter of personal preference.

Oval diamond ring

• History of the Oval Cut Diamond 

The oval cut diamond has been around for centuries, but the modern oval cut we all know was discovered in the early 1960s by the infamous diamond cutter "Lazare Kaplan.” He had a unique ability to take flawed, or bruised diamonds, and re-create beautiful shapes such as the oval cut. 

• The Longer Oval Cut or Moval Cut

Recently, a longer oval cut or moval cut diamonds ( a short marquis diamond recut into an oval ), has become fashionable.  It seems some consumers want the appearance of a 1.50 to 1.65 millimeter width ratio. With a longer cut, the surface area of the oval shape stone is increased, which creates the illusion of a greater carat weight, making more of a visual impact than other stone shapes of similar size.

Oval Diamond Meaning and Symbolism

• Individuality Symbolism-

An oval cut diamond is a classic diamond shape representing uniqueness and individuality. The modified circle of an oval is also representative of eternity, perfect for the everlasting promise of an engagement ring.

• Family Symbolism-

Because the oval is the shape of an egg, this stone also symbolizes fertility, rebirth, and family.  This can be ideal for a couple hoping to start a family together, or even recommitting themselves to a new relationship after a previous engagement, marriage, or breakup.

• Community Symbolism-

The graceful curves of an oval shape also create a sense of connection and community, fostering harmony and completion. This is a romantic meaning for couples who “complete” one another and are finding their connections together.

• Celebrity Symbolism-

For those who love the glamour and glitz of Hollywood, you can enjoy an oval cut diamond ring knowing it is a favorite of many celebrities.  This style has adorned the fingers of top names including Blake Lively, Katie Holmes, Julianne Hough and Serena Williams.

Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Popularity Circa 2021

A recent survey taken by shows that 4.8 % of the population wears an oval engagement ring. The most popular diamonds shapes are round cut, princess cut and cushion cut diamonds, yet in today's market place oval cut diamond sales are sizzling!

Choosing an Oval Cut Diamond

Oval cut diamonds are a classic diamond shape and happen to be one of the hottest shapes today. This stone shape represents uniqueness and individuality, as well as pushing boundaries while still respecting and honoring tradition. Oval cut diamonds will look stunning as a classic solitaire ring, as a three stone ring or even showing off your style as the focal point of an Art Deco engagement ring.  There are a variety of reasons for choosing this wonderful diamond shape. Whether its allure of pure symbolism representing your individuality, or simply your love of the shape,  you will find the perfect one that will last you a lifetime.

Vintage Oval Cut Diamond Ring

Antique Rings For Everyone:

No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.

Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:

Antique rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of vintage oval cut diamond rings today!

Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.


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