Oval Cut Engagement Ring Meaning and Symbolism


An oval cut engagement ring can be a stunning choice for any bride-to-be, and once couples better understand the meaning and symbolism behind this classic diamond shape, they will realize just how perfect it will be to represent their union.



About the Oval Stone Shape

An oval-shaped diamond evokes the classic and traditional vibe of the popular round or radiant cut diamond, but stretches to its own uniqueness. Because an oval is a modification of a round shape, it still has just as many facets and as much sparkle and brilliance, but there is much more variation in its overall proportions.


Vintage Oval Cut

Oval cuts have been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until the late 1950s and early 1960s that the modern oval cut was fashioned. Invented by expert diamond cutter Lazare Kaplan of Russia, this cut elongates that traditional round shape, but retains the rounded edge for greater durability than shapes with sharp corners. This makes an oval cut stone ideal for an active lifestyle and daily wear, perfect for an engagement ring. This shape looks particularly lovely on thick fingers or small hands, as the elongated shape helps give the illusion of greater length.


The proportions of an oval cut diamond or gemstone can vary widely, and the final choice is largely a matter of personal preference. The most common proportions are for the stone to be between 2-3 times as long as it is wide, but both thinner and thicker ovals are also suitable for engagement rings. As a longer cut, the surface area of an oval-shaped stone is increased, which can give it the illusion of a greater carat weight, making more of a visual impact that other stone shapes of similar size.


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Meaning and Symbolism

An oval cut engagement ring has many meanings beyond the love, romance, and commitment of one relationship. This stone shape represents uniqueness and individuality, as well as pushing boundaries while still respecting and honoring tradition.  Because the oval is the shape of an egg, this stone shape also symbolizes fertility, rebirth, and family.  This can be ideal for a couple hoping to start their family together, or recommitting themselves to a new relationship after a previous engagement, marriage, or breakup.  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. The modified circle of an oval is also representative of eternity, perfect for the everlasting promise of an engagement ring.




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Celebrity Oval Cut Engagement Rings

 Oval cut engagement rings are lovely designs, and many celebrities and royal figures have opted for oval shapes to their engagement rings. Blake Lively, Katie Holmes, Julianne Hough, Serena Williams, and Hailey Baldwin have all opted for different engagement rings featuring oval center stones, as have Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton and Princess Eugenie of York. With so many high profile names preferring oval-shaped gems, an oval cut engagement ring brings a bit of high society glamour to any bride-to-be who wears it.


Designs for Oval Cut Engagement Rings

Oval cut diamonds and gemstones are versatile and can be displayed in nearly any setting, using either parallel or perpendicular orientations. Halo settings are particularly popular for oval shapes, as are bezel settings and three stone rings. A high-quality oval cut stone can look spectacular as a classic solitaire engagement ring, or it may be paired with any variety of accent gems. Larger stones look especially lovely in split shank bands that help balance the gem’s size. Oval shapes are also popular in many Art Deco engagement rings and other vintage designs, proving their universal appeal through the ages.  No matter what ring style or gemstone type is most appealing, an oval cut engagement ring can be a
stunning option for any couple to share as they begin their happily ever after.


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 engagement 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. Suzanne ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com 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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