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Whether you’re hoping for a minimal, timeless, or vintage-inspired engagement ring, an oval-cut diamond will do just the trick. With their elongated shape, flattering effect, and ability to look bigger than their actual carat size, oval diamonds are becoming more and more popular in a variety of settings.
Several celebrity engagements have contributed to the revival of brides' love for the oval engagement ring in recent years. When Hailey Baldwin Bieber was spotted with an eye-catching oval-shaped diamond on an 18k gold band in the summer of 2018, it reminded us why this eternally classic style is so popular.
What Is an Oval Engagement Ring?
An oval engagement ring incorporates an oval-cut diamond or a gemstone such as a ruby or sapphire. Modern oval diamonds have been available since 1957, after the cut was introduced by diamond cutter Lazare Kaplan. An oval-cut stone may be incorporated into any setting from solitaire or three-stone to a diamond pavé band.
Oval engagement rings are a stunning choice and appeal to a variety of brides, including those looking for something just slightly different. “Oval engagement rings are great for women who love the classics but want something just a little bit unique,” says Lauren Priori. “Ovals have the ability to feel feminine and fresh but are still more timeless than trendier shapes like pears or marquises.”
Meet the Expert
- Lauren Priori is an expert in the craft of jewelry design as well as the owner of L. Priori Jewelry, a custom jeweler based in Philadelphia.
- Roxanna Rector is the Senior Buyer for engagement and bridal rings at Blue Nile.
- Originally a self-taught jewelry designer, Connie Hung is now the founder and creative director of Costanté.
- Nicole Wegman has blurred the distinct line between jeweler and influencer as the founder and CEO of Ring Concierge.
To select the perfect oval engagement ring, keep in mind that each oval-cut diamond is truly unique. “Some of them are long and thin, others are wide and round, some have pointy ends, and some have flatter ends that almost veer into cushion-shaped territory,” says Priori. “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.”
According to Priori, it's also important to keep an eye out for the bow-tie effect, or a dark facet pattern, that can often occur with oval stones. “All ovals will have some bow tie, but you'll want a stone that's as evenly bright throughout as possible,” she says.
If an alternative oval engagement ring appeals to you, every type of setting from solitaire to sparkly pavé bands and halos are right at your fingertips. No matter your taste, there’s undoubtedly an oval in the perfect setting for you.
Here are our 30 favorite oval engagement rings.
Zales 1 CT. Certified Oval Diamond Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring in 14K Rose Gold
We can't get enough of this rose gold split shank option. With such an intriguing design, paired with a gorgeous oval diamond solitaire, this is the perfect ring for the bride who wants something classic, yet a touch of unique.
Shahla Karimi Oval East-West Ring
We love the addition of baguette diamonds to the band of this ring, switching up the typical pavé look. With an East-West oval setting, this is such a gorgeous and unique option, reminiscent of the 1920s.
Blue Nile Oval Ruby and Round Diamond Halo Ring
For many, opting for an oval ring is all about the vintage vibe, and this ring certainly hits that nail on the head. With a rose gold band, a diamond halo, and a beautiful oval ruby, this design is a dream.
Brilliant Earth Moissanite Elodie Ring
We'll say it time and time again: nothing beats a classic. Available in a variety of metals to choose from, this oval solitaire engagement ring adds a subtle modern touch to a design that will simply never get old.
What to Look for When Choosing an Oval Engagement Ring
While there are truly no rules when it comes to selecting features to complement your oval stone, we had experts weigh in with insider tips and tricks to consider before you flaunt your forever ring. "We love contour bands that follow the curve of the oval or matching the stones on the band with your center," says Roxanna Rector.
Ultimately, brides generally gravitate towards a minimalistic look. "The modern aesthetic lies in the dainty simplicity of the diamond band," says Connie Hung. "We love our oval sets with a Whisper Thin band, so that the diamond is the star of the show," adds Nicole Wegman.
Due to the timeless nature of oval stones, simple settings typically pair best with oval diamonds. "Oval engagement rings are especially striking in solitaire settings that show off the spread of the diamond," Wegman suggests.
When in doubt, stick to the classics. "Almost every setting that pairs well with a round diamond will also work for an oval," says Rector.
Oval-shaped diamonds offer great versatility, as they can be designed in ways that accommodate various distinct looks. "Ovals can be super modern (compass-set solitaire on a thin band) or quite romantic (vintage-inspired milgrain) depending on the look you're going for," Rector says.
"While each individual's preference is different, our most popular designs tend to lean towards a classic look with a modern flair" says Hung. "For extra flair, we recommend adding a diamond halo underneath the stone."
- Does an oval cut make the stone appear bigger? "It depends on the proportion and depth. A less deep stone will have a broader 'spread' and look larger than its carat weight," Rector explains.
- How much does an oval engagement ring typically cost? "There are many variables to diamond pricing; the same carat of stone can range from $5,000 to over $60,000. On average, Costanté consumers spend $10,000 on their engagement ring," says Hung. "There are looks to fit every budget!," adds Rector.
- What is the most popular carat weight of an oval engagement ring? "We see customers buying slightly larger stones than rounds - around 1.5 to 2 carats average," Rector says. "1 to 1.5 carats can achieve a subtle look but can also be dressed extravagantly with a diamond halo to exaggerate the center stone appearance," explains Hung.