March 21, 2019 2 min read
Oval engagement rings are one of the most sought-after alternatives to traditional diamond shape choices (round or princess). They give the woman who wears it a unique style and the oval shape creates a very different look on the hand.
But there are a few things you might need to know before you go shopping for an oval engagement ring:
Round diamonds are the standard of beauty when it comes to diamonds. The "ideal" cut round diamond has been perfected to take in the most light and refract that light back to your eye as the beautiful spectral colors of the rainbow. This is what makes a diamond sparkle.
So the first thing you should know when looking at diamond shapes other than round (like oval or marquise) is that you may not get quite as much of that famous diamond sparkle with an oval engagement ring.
You trade some of that perfect, sparkle-creating cut for unique shape and style.
With oval diamonds (as well as marquise), there is a phenomenon that can occur called a "bow tie," which is a dark or "dead" spot in the center of the diamond shaped just like a bow tie.
One of the things you want to watch out for with oval diamonds is this bow tie effect. An oval diamond that is cut well will have less of this bowtie visible. If an oval diamond is not cut well, you'll spot this bowtie "dead spot" immediately.
Here is a diagram of the bow tie that can appear in an oval diamond engagement ring from the Gemological Institute of America:
As with all diamonds, you should physically see the diamond with your own eyes before purchasing. Much of a diamond's beauty lies in seeing how it behaves in motion in the light. You'll want to closely examine the diamond and see just how much of a bow tie is visible.
You'll also want to try an oval engagement ring on before making a purchase decision. Different shapes of diamonds look different on different sizes and shapes of hands. Trying on a few engagement rings with different diamond shapes is the best way to make sure you find the diamond shape that's right for you.
Work with a jeweler you trust and they can even order in a few different oval diamonds for you to choose from.
I hope this short guide was helpful to you and gave you a few things to think about when it comes to selecting an oval engagement ring.
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