Oval Diamond Engagement Rings

Oval cut diamonds provide the elegant sparkle and fire of round cut stones in a distinctive, unique, and mesmerizing shape that is perfect for an eye-catching engagement ring. Like round cut diamonds, oval cuts have 56 to 58 facets crafted at exact angles and proportions to receive and reflect a maximum amount of light.


Hayden Cudworth offers wonderful oval cut diamond engagement ring choices in the Hayden IV and Chatham IV styles.

History of Oval Cut Diamonds

For centuries, cutters have shaped diamonds into ovals. One of the most famous is the Koh-I-Noor, which is Persian for Mountain of Light. Discovered somewhere in India, the huge stone was passed from ruler to ruler in the Middle East and Western Asia until Queen Victoria acquired it during the British Raj in the 19th century. The Koh-I-Noor eventually became part of the crown jewels, occupying a prominent place in the front cross of the crown.

The Russian diamond cutter Lazare Kaplan, a cousin of Marcel Tolkowsky, who invented the round brilliant diamond cut, created the modern oval elegance cut in 1957. His introduction of the 56 to 58 facet oval cut secured him induction into the Jewelers International Hall of Fame.

Celebrities often prefer oval cut diamond engagement rings for their proposals. For example, Ryan Reynolds gave Blake Lively an oval cut stone in a thin pave band that accentuated the diamond's brilliance.

Advantages of Oval Cut Diamonds

Although oval cut diamonds offer the brilliant light-capturing quality of round cuts, they are significantly less expensive. Because they are shallower than other cuts, ovals also appear larger than diamonds of the same carat weight that have more of the stone hidden beneath the mounting. Oval cut diamond engagement rings have no sharp edges to snag on hair or clothing, making them a practical choice for those who want to wear them daily. Additionally, the oval shape flatters the finger that wears it, complementing long fingers and tending to make shorter fingers seem thinner and longer.

Selecting an Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Diamond color scale runs from D through Z, and diamonds rated N through z are generally not recommended for rings. Stones with the highest color ratings are extremely rare and expensive, while diamonds with G, H, and I ratings have excellent quality and appear colorless when mounted on a ring.

Clarity in diamonds rates the amount of imperfections, known as inclusions, that a stone has. Visible inclusions detract from the beauty of a diamond, but many inclusions cannot be seen. The diamond clarity grade scale rates clarity on a scale from IF, or internally flawless, to I2, or inclusions 2. The sweet spot between rare and expensive flawless diamonds and those with unacceptable imperfections is SI1 and SI2, or slightly included 1 and 2. This designation means that these stones, when set within a ring, appear perfect to the naked eye.

The carat weight of a oval cut diamond is not as important as its cut, color, and clarity, because so much of the stone's weight is hidden. Raising the carat weight of a diamond may slightly increase the size but significantly increase the cost.

Setting and Precious Metal Options

Oval cut diamond engagement rings look spectacular in various settings. For example, classic elegance and simplicity of appearance make the solitaire setting, also known as the prong setting, the most popular style for diamond engagement rings. This design highlights a single prominent diamond held in place by four prongs.

Three stone engagement rings, also known as trinity or trilogy rings, with their placement of three diamonds close to each other, symbolize the romantic love that unites a couple in a promise of marriage. The center stone represents their present love, one side stone denotes their memories of the past, and the other signifies their commitment to a united future. The three diamonds also stand for friendship, love, and fidelity. This style is perfect for couples who want to imbue significance into their engagement ring setting.

At Hayden Cudworth, we offer oval cut diamonds in a number of lovely precious metal choices. The white sheen of platinum perfectly complements and sets off diamonds and does not change color or fade, so this lovely metal is ideal for symbolizing eternal love in an engagement ring. Due to its rarity, platinum has attained a prestigious status. For diamond engagement rings, platinum bands represent the ultimate in elegance.

Lovely white gold is currently the most popular choice of metal for engagement ring bands. Indistinguishable from platinum to the naked eye, this bright, strong, durable metal perfectly complements and enhances the sparkling diamonds in engagement rings.

Yellow gold engagement rings offer a classic warm color with vibrant elegance that has long been associated with romance. Although white gold bands have overtaken yellow gold in popularity, yellow gold provides an unparalleled traditional look that is timeless.

Romantic rose gold provides a lovely alternative to the more common white gold and yellow gold found in engagement rings. Its warm, rich, distinctive color creates a stunning and attractive metaphor for the binding of hearts.

Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Options

The master craftsmen and jewelers at Hayden Cudworth offer a lovely selection of handcrafted oval cut diamond engagement rings in settings and band metals that are ideal for meeting the romantic needs of any couple. For instance, the Hayden IV provides an elegant oval cut diamond in a classic solitaire setting. The three stone Chatham IV style has a spectacular oval diamond flanked by smaller brilliant round cut stones. To find the right ring for your fiancé, take advantage of the home try-on program. Select any five potential rings to sample at home, send them back within five days, and then order the ring of your choice.


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