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Aug 29th, 2022
Oval cut diamond engagement rings are having a major moment. From Kourtney Kardashian and Ariana Grande to Blake Lively and Hailey Baldwin Bieber, several of Hollywood’s biggest household names have said “I do” while donning this popular contemporary-chic style.
In fact, time and time again, our own diamond experts at Jean Dousset have been approached to design star-quality oval silhouettes for fashion-forward A-listers, like Dancing with the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba, E! Nightly Pop’s Morgan Stewart, and platinum-selling musician Jesse McCartney, who married Katie Peterson in 2021. The common thread? Each of these newlyweds fell in love with one-of-a-kind oval renditions of our Chelsea solitaire engagement ring — aka our long-time best-selling design, now reimagined in lab grown diamonds to make this celebrity-loved style accessible to all.
Celebrities aren’t the only ones obsessed with oval cut diamond silhouettes, though. Just last year, Google Trends reported “oval engagement rings” were the most-searched ring cuts over the past half-decade. So, if you’re wondering what all the buzz is about, then keep reading, because we’re filling you in on all things oval right here.
What is an oval cut engagement ring?
In simple terms, an oval cut diamond engagement ring is a silhouette that incorporates an oval-shaped diamond as its center stone. Similar to round cut diamonds, they’re beloved for their brilliance, which is emphasized through its curvature. However, the elongated shape of an oval cut diamond creates a uniquely modern character — which can be credited to its quite modern history.
Although diamonds and gemstones have been cut into oval-esque shapes for centuries, the oval-shaped diamonds that newlyweds-to-be dream about today were only developed 64 years ago, explaining the shape’s en vogue look. In 1957, esteemed Russian diamond cutter Laraze Kaplan introduced the first oval cut diamond that could be produced en masse, and they’ve been a crowd favorite since, especially as both mined and lab-created oval cut diamonds can be featured in numerous engagement ring styles, from solitaires to three stones (and even pavés).
Some say the “sparkle” on top of an oval cut diamond’s appeal is its symbolism, rooted in the Latin word “ovum,” which means egg. In the olden days (like, the really olden days), people believed the oval represented fertility, rebirth, and immortality — so you could say those who opt for oval cut diamond rings are setting themselves up for not only a prosperous marriage but an ever-growing family, too. For others, it’s not that deep: out-of-the-box fashionistas usually love the trendy yet timeless beauty of oval cut diamonds, while others enjoy the elegant versatility of an oval cut ring that complements their every mood, outfit, and occasion.
What are the pros and cons of an oval cut engagement ring?
Of course, the perks of oval cut diamond designs are plenty — as noted earlier, this silhouette is not only unique but also chic and destined to stay in style for decades onward. But that’s not the only lovable trait of oval cut diamonds. Pro tip: if you’re looking for an ultra-flattering silhouette, know that some brides-to-be feel like the elongated form of oval cut stones has a slimming effect on their fingers. Plus, due to the relatively smooth nature of oval stones (they don’t have any sharp corners!), they’re less likely to get snagged in everyday life than other diamond cuts like cushion, radiant, or pear cut styles.
As with every diamond cut, though, oval cut diamonds have certain characteristics that dream-ring shoppers should know about before committing to one. The biggest quality to look out for in a diamond when searching for the perfect ring is whether the diamond has fallen victim to the bow-tie effect.
When it comes to oval and pear cut diamonds, along with marquise ones, a bow tie is a dark area that runs across the diamond and looks similar to a bow tie. Don’t freak out: bow ties are virtually impossible to avoid altogether — because all oval cut diamonds have these patterns, simply due to the nature of the cut, which prevents light from being distributed throughout the diamond evenly.
However, this is not to say all bow-ties are created equally; some are far more noticeable than others, dimming the overall beauty and brilliance of an oval diamond, and those are the ones you’ll want to avoid.
We’re not going to lie — finding the perfect oval match requires a bit of (worthwhile) dedication. Unlike other diamond qualities, such as the 4Cs, an oval cut diamond’s bow tie isn’t factored in or tallied on a diamond’s GIA certificate. This means finding the best oval diamond requires expertise, beyond reviewing a grading report. Thankfully at Jean Dousset, we do the work for you by curating the highest quality, most optimal oval cut diamonds, and this includes our lab grown oval diamonds.
Last, but not least: pricing for oval cut diamonds is sometimes unpredictable. Although ovals are typically less expensive than their “sister” shape — the round brilliant cut — the truth is that two oval cut diamonds can be quite disparate in price but similar in beauty and 4C qualities. For instance, a shorter, wider oval cut stone can cost significantly less than a longer, narrower diamond of the same caliber. With that being said, when you shop for an engagement ring at Jean Dousset, you can ensure any diamond you choose will always be beautiful, and priced with your budget in mind.
What are different kinds of oval cut diamond engagement ring styles?
If you’ve reached this part of the article, there’s a chance you’ve made it official: you’re going for the oval. We love to hear it — and we also love to show you some of Jean Dousset’s most popular lab grown oval diamond engagement ring designs.
Chelsea Solitaire Oval Cut Engagement Ring
As our best-selling design, no one ever gets enough of Chelsea. Considered a darling amongst both celebrities and our clientele, our Chelsea Solitaire is offered in six different diamond cuts. Yet, one of the most beloved is our oval Chelsea, a style that is destined to remain in style for a lifetime (and generations) to come. This particular Chelsea Solitaire engagement ring features not only an oval cut center stone but also a simple, solid band or three rows of diamond pavé lining the gallery and bridge.
Chelsea Three Stone Engagement Ring
One-of-a-kind yet three times as bright. Featuring a lab grown oval cut center stone and three rows of brilliant cut natural diamond pavé on the band, in addition to two subtly chic half-moon diamond side stones, this Chelsea Three Stone engagement ring is glamorous, classic, and yet still ultra-contemporary.
The three stone rendition of the celebrity-coveted Chelsea Solitaire silhouette, our Chelsea Three Stones are available in a variety of precious metals (platinum, 18K gold, rose gold, or white gold) and feature pavé along the bridge and gallery for a 360-degree glamour.
There’s more to love: as with every Jean Dousset creation, our Chelsea silhouettes possess both a complimentary custom engraving and a special, hidden detail: a Signature Stone®, offered in pink argyle, white and yellow diamonds (along with every imaginable gemstone) that glistens on as a secret message between partners.
Colette Seamless Halo® Engagement Ring
The brides-to-be that get it, get it — and by “it,” we’re talking about halo settings, which feature a “halo” of petite diamonds enclosing the center stone. Exclusive to Jean Dousset, our lab oval diamond engagement rings in our Seamless Halo® setting are uniquely breathtaking, thanks to their custom-crafted “prong-less” setting that accentuates the lab grown center diamond of your dreams. Colette features an angelic halo setting, a stylishly minimalistic tapered band, and an oval cut center stone surrounded by smaller-yet-equally-stunning pavé diamonds — not to mention a Signature Stone® and precious metal setting of your choice (18K white, yellow, or rose gold, along with platinum).
This is just a start — you’ve got options. Check out our full selection of oval cut lab grown diamond engagement rings.
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Exclusive to Jean Dousset designs, the Signature Stone® is a secret “hidden stone” placed under the center stone, visible only to those you choose to share it with.
You can select from a variety of diamonds and gemstones in different colors to see how they would look in your ring.
Add a personal sentiment to remember forever with a complimentary engraving on your new Oui by Jean Dousset ring. Choose up to 20 characters that mean something special so you can cherish them forever.
Example of a personal engraving
Carat weight represents the weight of your diamond center stone. Visit our blog post to learn more about the 4Cs of diamonds.
We have strict criteria for diamond selection. Every lab grown diamond center stone we source for our Oui engagement rings is hand-selected and GIA graded.
Our mission at Oui is to merge outstanding craftsmanship with ideas that put you first—so our pricing reflects an inclusive cost for both a lab grown diamond and its ring setting to simplify your experience.
GIA’s color-grading scale for diamonds is the industry standard. The scale begins with the letter D, representing colorless, and continues with increasing presence of color to the letter Z. Visit our blog post to learn more about the 4Cs of diamonds.
Our lab grown diamond center stones are exclusively colorless to nearly colorless (D-H color on GIA's color-grading scale).
The cut of a diamond is what delivers its light and brilliance. The GIA evaluates a diamond's brightness, fire, scintillation, weight ratio, durability, polish, and symmetry to arrive at a diamond's cut grade. Visit our blog post to learn more about the 4Cs of diamonds.
Our lab grown diamonds are 'Excellent' cut, the highest cut grading a diamond can receive, and exclusively GIA-certified.
All of our sample videos closely match the diamond it represents in color, shape, size, and scale.
Each diamond comes with a unique GIA Certificate. You can click the GIA Certificate link to view the exact specifications and grading of the stone you are viewing.
All of our diamonds are carefully curated within strict aesthetic parameters to ensure that our stones have identical shapes and facets from one diamond to the next.
Every diamond is unique and we hand-select only the most desirable stones. Clarity refers to the absence of inclusions and blemishes in a diamond. Visit our blog post to learn more about the 4Cs of diamonds.
In our diamond feed, we exclusively offer GIA graded VS+ lab grown diamonds.
Total carat weight represents the total weight of all the diamonds set within the ring.
Diamond weights are approximate and will range slightly based on your ring size and/or the unique cut and shape of your specific eternity band. We strive to match each stone perfectly.
Total carat weight represents the weight of the (2*) center stones plus the total diamond pavé used within the design.
Diamond pavé weights are approximate and will range slightly based on your ring size and/or the unique cut and shape of your specific center stone.
Each center stone diamond selected for our earrings is unique and hand cut. In order to meet our highest standards of diamond curation, you may receive a center stone diamond that carries a little extra carat weight. Center stones may fluctuate up to .05 carats more. Any fluctuations will always be ABOVE your selected carat weight, never under. For example, if you select .70 carats for your center stone, your stone will be anywhere between .70 to .75 carats.
*all earrings (unless specified) come in a set of two
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