The Oval Diamond
Oval cut diamonds are all the rage today because they are cut in a similar fashion to a round brilliant cut, but have the added advantage of something a little more unique because of their elongated shape. This elongated shape gives the illusion that the diamond appears larger to the eye, which may be quite appealing to many people. Additionally, when worn vertically along the finger, the oval cut diamond will give the visual appearance of lengthening and slenderizing the finger.
Currently, no laboratory will tell you what an ideal cut is for the Oval Cut diamond, but there are a few parameters that you may follow to steer you in the right direction towards what will appeal the most to your eye. The first thing that we look at is the length to width ratio, how long is the diamond, compared to how wide the diamond is. A classically cut Oval diamond will fall into the 1.35 – 1.50 ratio. Here is a visual idea of what these different ratio’s mean to you;
Oval cut diamonds may possess what we call a bow-tie effect in the middle of the diamond, varying from nearly invisible, to quite pronounced. The visibility of the bow-tie effect cannot be ascertained by reviewing a diamond certificate or dimensions, but only upon visual inspection. Please contact your Windy City Diamonds consultant who will be happy to review diamonds on your behalf.
The chart that we have devised below may help to give you a general guideline for evaluating the cut of an Oval diamond, although nothing works better than visually inspecting a diamond yourself to see what dimensions are most attractive to your eye, after all, it is your visual appeal that you will want to enjoy for many years after purchasing your oval cut diamond.