Are oval engagement rings here to stay?

Oval engagement rings have gained popularity in recent years and have become a popular choice for many couples when selecting their forever ring. Oval cut engagement rings, whether lab grown or natural, offer a unique and elegant alternative to traditional round or princess cut diamonds. 

While it's difficult to predict long-term trends with absolute certainty, oval engagement rings have shown staying power and have become a classic option in the jewellery industry. Many celebrities, such as Blake LivelyHailey Beiber and Kourtney Kardashian have chosen oval-shaped diamonds for their engagement rings, which has further increased their popularity and appeal.

Ultimately, the decision to choose an oval engagement ring should be based on personal preference and style rather than solely following a trend. It's essential to select a ring that reflects your individual taste and personality, as it is a meaningful symbol of commitment and love. The team at Morgan & Co are experts in engagement ring design and will help you choose the best shaped diamond/s that suits your hand, fingers, tone and style. You can book a no obligation, free consultation with them in their Buderim  studio or a virtual appointment if you are not located on the Sunshine Coast. If you are looking for an oval engagement ring on the Sunshine Coast, Morgan & Co is your place to go. 

Table of Contents

  • Factors to consider when choosing  an oval cut diamond for my engagement ring
  • Pros and cons of an oval cut diamond for an engagement ring
  • In terms of the quality of an oval cut diamond, what do I need to consider?
  • The Four C’s
  • Besides a solitaire, what other settings can you choose with an oval cut diamond?
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Conclusion

Factors to consider when choosing  an oval cut diamond for my engagement ring

  1. Appearance: Oval-cut diamonds offer a classic and elegant look. They have a unique elongated shape that can create the illusion of longer, more slender fingers. The oval shape can also provide a similar brilliance and sparkle to round diamonds. If you find the elongated shape appealing and it complements your style, an oval-cut diamond may be a great choice for you. 
  2. Finger Size: The elongated shape of an oval-cut diamond can visually lengthen the finger. If you have shorter or wider fingers and prefer the appearance of a longer, more slender,  finger, an oval-cut diamond can help achieve that effect.
  3. Budget: Oval-cut diamonds can offer better value for money compared to round diamonds. Since they retain more weight from the rough diamond during the cutting process, you may get a larger-looking diamond for a similar price compared to a round diamond. This can be advantageous if you have a specific budget but want a larger stone. 
  4. Style and Trends: Oval engagement rings have gained popularity in recent years and have become a trendy choice. If you appreciate current trends and like the idea of a unique and distinctive ring, an oval-cut diamond can be a fashionable option.
  5. Individual Preference: Ultimately, the most important factor is your personal preference. Consider trying on different diamond shapes and engagement ring styles to see which one resonates with you the most. Choose a diamond shape that speaks to you and reflects your style and personality. It's your ring, and it should be a reflection of your unique taste.

Take your time, explore different options, and consult with a reputable jeweller, such as Morgan & Co, who can provide guidance and help you find the perfect engagement ring that suits your preferences, budget and lifestyle. Morgan & Co are listed as the number one jeweller on the Sunshine Coast and have an experienced and lovely team who help couples achieve their dream ring without overpaying. Morgan & Co offer in studio consultations which are complementary and you can also book a virtual appointment to begin the process. 

Pros and cons of an oval cut diamond for an engagement ring

Choosing an oval-cut diamond for an engagement ring comes with its own set of pros and cons and here are are some factors to consider:

Pros of an Oval Cut Diamond:

  1. Unique and Elegant: Oval-cut diamonds have a distinctive elongated shape that can create a unique and elegant look. They offer a more unconventional alternative to traditional round or princess cut diamonds.
  2. Finger-Flattering: The elongated shape of an oval-cut diamond can visually lengthen the finger, making it a flattering choice for those with shorter fingers or those who prefer the appearance of a longer finger.
  3. Sparkle and Brilliance: When well-cut, oval diamonds can exhibit brilliant sparkle similar to round diamonds. The faceting pattern of oval cuts allows for excellent light reflection and can create a beautiful display of brilliance.
  4. Size and Value: Oval-cut diamonds tend to retain more weight from the rough diamond during the cutting process compared to round diamonds. This means that you can get a larger-looking diamond for the same carat weight and potentially better value for your budget.

Cons of an Oval Cut Diamond:

  1. Bowtie Effect: One potential drawback of oval-cut diamonds is the presence of a bow tie effect. This refers to a darkened area resembling a bowtie that can appear in the centre of the diamond. It occurs when light does not reflect properly due to variations in the cut. It's important to choose a well-cut oval diamond to minimise or avoid this effect. At Morgan & Co, we individually select our client’s diamonds so that us or our trusted advisors physically look at the diamond prior to purchase to ensure there are no bowtie effects in the stone. 
  2. Shape Variation: Oval-cut diamonds can vary in terms of their length-to-width ratio, which affects the overall appearance. Some people prefer a more elongated shape, while others prefer a more balanced oval. It's essential to consider your personal preference and find the right ratio that appeals to you. 
  3. Potential for Visible Inclusions: Due to their elongated shape, oval-cut diamonds may have more surface area, making certain inclusions or imperfections more visible. It's important to consider the clarity grade of the diamond and choose one that has minimal visible flaws. Each Morgan & Co diamond will be eye clean, meaning there will be no visible inclusions and definitely no black carbon inclusions. 
  4. Prong Protection: With their elongated shape, oval-cut diamonds may require additional prong protection to secure the stone properly. This is to prevent the potential for damage or chipping at the ends of the diamond. Ensure that the setting you choose provides adequate protection for the stone. We ensure that each band and setting is made to stand the test of time. Morgan & Co only uses the highest quality metals and we ensure there is enough depth and width for ballast and long lasting integrity. We offer a lifetime warranty on the band and setting to offer reassurance. 

Ultimately, the pros and cons of an oval cut diamond for an engagement ring will depend on your personal preferences and priorities. It's crucial to consider factors such as appearance, finger flattery, budget, and the overall quality of the diamond when making your decision. Consulting with the experienced team at Morgan & Co will help to guide your decision making to ensure you can make an informed choice. 

In terms of the quality of an oval cut diamond, what do I need to consider?

The Four C’s. 

Remember to also consider the 4Cs of diamond quality (carat weight, cut, colour, and clarity) when selecting a diamond. These factors will impact the diamond's overall appearance and value, regardless of the shape. At Morgan & Co, we will individually select diamonds that are within your price point so you are able to achieve the highest quality and largest stone for your budget. Each Morgan & Co diamond will be colourless, or near colourless, and will be of excellent quality to ensure the light bounces perfectly and your diamond will sparkle. They offer free, no obligation consultations which consist of education on diamonds so that you can make an informed decision on what you are investing your money in. 

When evaluating the quality of an oval-cut diamond, there are several factors to consider. These factors, often referred to as the 4Cs of diamond quality (carat weight, cut, colour, and clarity), can help determine the overall beauty and value of the diamond. Here's a breakdown of what to consider:

  1. Carat Weight: Carat weight refers to the size or weight of the diamond. Oval-cut diamonds can vary in carat weight, and the choice depends on personal preference and budget. Keep in mind that carat weight alone doesn't determine the diamond's quality; it's important to consider other factors as well.
  2. Cut: The cut of an oval-cut diamond is crucial in determining its brilliance, sparkle, and overall beauty. A well-cut diamond will reflect and refract light effectively, enhancing its brilliance. Look for an oval-cut diamond with good or excellent cut grades to ensure optimal light performance.
  3. Colour: The colour grade refers to the presence of any yellow or brown tint in a diamond. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades diamond colour on a scale from D (colourless) to Z (noticeable yellow or brown). For an oval-cut diamond, it's generally recommended to aim for a colour grade between D and H to ensure a white and visually appealing diamond.
  4. Clarity: Clarity refers to the presence of internal or external imperfections, called inclusions and blemishes, respectively. The GIA grades diamond clarity on a scale ranging from Flawless (no inclusions or blemishes visible under 10x magnification) to Included (inclusions visible to the naked eye). Consider choosing an oval-cut diamond with a clarity grade of SI1 (slightly included) or higher, as these diamonds typically appear eye-clean.

In addition to the 4Cs, it's also important to consider the overall symmetry and proportions of the oval-cut diamond. Look for a well-proportioned oval shape with symmetrical sides and a well-defined outline.

It's advisable to purchase a certified diamond from a reputable source, such as the GIA or other reputable gemological laboratories. Diamond certifications provide detailed information about the diamond's 4Cs and ensure that you are making an informed purchase.

By considering the carat weight, cut, colour, clarity, and overall symmetry, you can make a more informed decision about the quality of an oval-cut diamond for your engagement ring. Consulting with a knowledgeable jeweller can also provide additional guidance and help you find a high-quality oval-cut diamond that meets your preferences and budget.

Besides a solitaire, what other settings can you choose with an oval cut diamond?

There are several settings that can beautifully complement an oval-cut diamond and enhance its appearance. Here are a few popular options to consider:

  1. Halo Setting: A halo setting features a circle of smaller diamonds or gemstones surrounding the centre oval diamond. This setting adds extra sparkle and enhances the overall brilliance of the ring. The halo can be set with diamonds or coloured gemstones, offering various design possibilities.
  2. Three (or more) Stone Setting: A three-stone setting incorporates two side stones flanking the oval diamond. This setting symbolises the past, present, and future of a relationship. The side stones can be smaller oval diamonds, round diamonds, or other fancy-shaped diamonds, adding visual interest and creating a unique look.
  3. Vintage Setting: Vintage or antique-inspired settings can be a wonderful choice for oval-cut diamonds, adding a touch of timeless elegance. Intricate filigree work, milgrain detailing, or engraving can be incorporated into the setting, creating a vintage aesthetic.
  4. Split Shank Setting: A split shank setting features the band splitting into two or more strands as it approaches the centre stone. This setting adds a modern and fashionable touch to the ring while allowing more light to enter the diamond, enhancing its sparkle.
  5. Bezel Setting: A bezel setting surrounds the entire circumference of the oval diamond with a metal rim, holding it securely in place. This setting offers a sleek and contemporary look while providing protection to the diamond.
  6. East-West Setting: In an east-west setting, the oval diamond is set horizontally across the band instead of the traditional vertical orientation. This setting creates a unique and eye-catching look, emphasising the length of the diamond and making it appear larger.
  7. Tension Setting: A tension setting uses the pressure of the band to hold the oval diamond securely in place, creating the illusion that the diamond is suspended in mid-air. This setting offers a modern and minimalist aesthetic.

Frequently asked Questions

What is an oval cut engagement ring?
An oval cut engagement ring is a type of diamond or gemstone ring where the center stone is cut in an oval shape. It is a popular choice for engagement rings due to its elegant and elongated appearance.

How is an oval cut diamond different from a round brilliant diamond? 
The oval cut diamond has a different shape compared to the round brilliant diamond. While the round brilliant has a circular shape, the oval cut is elongated and resembles an oval or an egg. The oval cut has a larger surface area, making it appear larger than a round diamond of the same carat weight.

What are the advantages of choosing an oval cut engagement ring? 
There are several advantages to choosing an oval cut engagement ring. First, it has a unique and distinctive appearance, combining the brilliance of a round diamond with the elongated shape. Second, the oval shape can create an illusion of longer and slimmer fingers. Lastly, oval cut diamonds tend to be less expensive per carat compared to round diamonds, making them a more affordable option.

Are oval cut engagement rings popular? 
Yes, oval cut engagement rings have gained popularity in recent years. Many celebrities have been spotted wearing oval cut diamond engagement rings, which has contributed to their rise in popularity. Their timeless and elegant look appeals to individuals looking for a unique alternative to traditional round or princess cut diamonds.

How do I choose the right oval cut engagement ring?
When choosing an oval cut engagement ring, consider the following factors: the quality of the diamond or gemstone (such as color, clarity, and carat weight), the cut quality (symmetry and proportions), the setting style (such as solitaire, halo, or side stones), and the metal choice (such as platinum, white gold, or yellow gold). It's also important to try on different ring styles to see how they look on your hand and to ensure the ring reflects your personal style.

Can an oval cut engagement ring be customised?
Yes, an oval cut engagement ring can be customised to suit your preferences. You can choose the metal type, the setting style, and even select additional gemstones or accent diamonds to enhance the design. Working with a jeweller, you can create a unique and personalised oval cut engagement ring.

How should I care for an oval cut engagement ring?
To care for an oval cut engagement ring, you should follow some general guidelines. Avoid exposing the ring to harsh chemicals, such as household cleaners, as they can damage the metal and gemstones. Remove the ring when engaging in activities like sports or heavy lifting to prevent accidental damage. Regularly clean the ring using a mild solution of warm water and gentle soap, and have it professionally inspected and cleaned by a jeweller at least once a year.

Are oval cut engagement rings suitable for everyday wear?
Yes, oval cut engagement rings are suitable for everyday wear. However, like any piece of fine jewellery, they should be handled with care to avoid unnecessary damage. It's a good idea to remove the ring when performing activities that could potentially expose it to excessive wear and tear.

Can an oval cut engagement ring be resized? 
Yes, an oval cut engagement ring can generally be resized by a professional jeweller. However, the extent to which a ring can be resized depends on its design, setting, and the type of metal used. It is best to consult with a skilled jeweller to determine the feasibility of resizing your specific ring.

Do oval cut engagement rings have any specific symbolism?
Oval cut engagement rings do not have any specific symbolism unique to their shape. The symbolism associated with engagement rings, in general, is the

Conclusion

Remember, each setting has its own style and characteristics, and the choice ultimately depends on your personal preferences and desired look. It's advisable to try on different settings and consult with a reputable jeweller who can provide guidance and help you find the perfect setting to complement your oval-cut diamond. You can explore Morgan & Co’s beautiful range of oval cut engagement rings here to help inspire you to create your own. Get in touch with Morgan & Co to book your free consultation.

June 21, 2023 — Morgan Gaskin