While the pandemic might be causing many brides to go to plan B, brides do not have to compromise when it comes to their engagement ring. Your ring is a statement about you and will be seen daily as a reflection of who you are. It is the most unique accessory you will ever own, and making the right choice will ensure your ring will last as long as your love.
A Graceful Choice
While there are many style choices, one of the most timeless and flattering favorites are oval engagement rings. The oval cut gained popularity back in 1955, and it is considered “Nouveau Modern.” The buzz about this ring was spread by Lazare-Kaplan using its trademark” oval elegance.” This cut, mostly used for rubies and sapphires because gem-cutting techniques didn’t improve until the turn of the 20th century. Oval engagement rings became a stunning choice and appealed to a variety of brides, including those looking for something different. Oval engagement rings are great for women who love the classics but want something just a little bit unique. They have the ability to feel feminine and fresh but are still more timeless than trendier shapes like pears or marquises. Oval cut diamonds have a unique charm and romantic flair. There’s a certain gracefulness about them because there are no sharp points on the face of the gem.
There’s been a surge in popularity, with celebrities like Kate Middleton, Selma Hayek, Sophia Vergara, Amber Rose, and Julianne Hough rocking the style. Who What Wear spoke with gemologist Olivia Landau who stated, “Oval diamonds have been one of the most popular shapes for a few years now. Blake Lively skyrocketed this trend with her engagement ring, and since then, many celebrities like Hailey Bieber and Sarah Hyland have been engaged with oval bling. Ovals are amazing because they show their carat weight well and are very finger flattering.”
Besides the overall romance of an oval diamond, it can also be a more affordable choice. It can be easier to hide inclusions, making it a great choice visually, and many of us on a budget. Because the oval cut oblong shape helps it maximize its total surface area, you may get a larger diamond for a lower cost. This surprising price difference is due to the fact that oval diamonds allow jewelers to cut away less of the original rough than they do when shaving a round-cut diamond. Cheap engagement rings don’t have to mean low-quality. Oval cut engagement rings offer sparkle and sophistication unlike any other shape and create the illusion of looking more extensive than the actual carat size. Another added benefit in selecting an oval cut diamond is that it elongates the finger, making the woman’s hand look even more beautiful. The shape itself is exceptionally stable, with no sharp corners or points which can be vulnerable to damage or catch on things; it’s a big plus for everyday wear.
The romantic elegance of the elongated stone makes the oval-cut engagement ring style a best seller. An oval-cut stone may be incorporated into any setting from halo, solitaire, three-stone, or diamond pavé band. Oval engagement ring styles are simple yet intricate. If you prefer a simple engagement ring, a solitaire oval stone is a perfect ring for you. If you like a ring that offers brilliance from added stones, you will love an oval halo engagement ring. The more elongated oval cut will appear striking, while a wide oval engagement ring will appear slightly softer. If you know that accent stones will surround your oval-cut diamond, be sure to choose a narrower length-to-width ratio. Most oval cuts contain 56 facets, but some may have a few more facets depending on how the stone’s underside, known as the pavilion, is cut. Take your time in choosing wisely, as this investment will be timeless for years to come.
Gemological Institute of America trained Graduate Gemologist Lauren Priori was interviewed by Brides recently and made the excellent point; “Look at a variety of stones to make sure you choose the stone that’s right for you. At the end of the day, trust your own eyes! You’re the one wearing the diamond, so you have to love it.” Finding an engagement ring can be as simple as planning a trip and no matter the engagement ring you choose, make sure your ring suits your personal style. Enjoy the moment and remember a diamond is as lasting as true love.