The Essential 7C's
Every diamond has its own story, and every lady her own style.
At this point it should be noted that the shape of a diamond
can also be referred to as its “cut”, like a round or princess cut.
However, this should not be confused with the more commonly used term of
diamond cut, which describes how well the diamond has been polished
from the raw material (see section on diamond cut).
At Seventy Seven Diamonds we cater to the detailed wishes of
every customer and want to ensure that they are well-informed about
every diamond shape available. Our selection of beautiful shapes is
accompanied by detailed information, images and recommendations on the
uniqueness, the history and background, and the ideal ratio of
Oval Cut Diamonds
1. The Basics | 2. Features | 3. Expert Advice | 4. History
1. The Basics
Somewhere in between the round brilliant and the pear shape...
|Symmetrical, elongated rounded shape.
||Optimises carat weight and elongates finger.
The oval cut is a rounded shape typically comprised of 58 facets with a typical ratio between 1.33 and 1.66.
This shape optimises carat weight, meaning that the drawn out
and symmetrical shape can make it appear larger than round stones of a
similar weight. The oval cut is also an ideal way to elongate shorter
fingers and it has recently become fashionable to use as the centre
stone for engagement rings.
A "bow-tie effect" occurs when light passing through the
diamond casts a shadow across the central facets of the stone. This
shadow can be reduced by altering the depth of the pavilion, and
adjusting the angles of the table and facets to better diffuse light in
the central area. This effect also occurs in the Pear, Marquise and
3. Expert Advice
"Ratio is an important aspect to consider with the oval
shape as it can have a significant impact on both the light dispersion
within the stone and the appearance of the finger. When selecting an
oval shape it is important to reconcile the relative benefits of the
longer shape (larger ratio) and the more rounded shape (smaller ratio).
The former will better elongate the finger, while a more rounded shape
will better prevent the bow-tie effect."
4. History & Background
Although oval shaped diamonds were first introduced over 200
years ago, the modern oval cut was invented in the early 1960s by
leading Russian cutter Lazare Kaplan. The cut eventually earned him a
place in the Jewellers International Hall of Fame, however, Kaplan also
left his mark on the diamond industry with his unique ability to split a
rough diamond into smaller stones with a single blow. This process is
known as cleaving.
When a rough material is poorly shaped or contains defective
flaws that prevent it from being turned into a single stone, it must be
split along the grain. Kaplan became famous for his expertise in taking
stones that were otherwise deemed unworthy and transforming them into
beautifully cut diamonds.
To view oval cut diamonds offered by Seventy Seven Diamonds, please click here.
To customise your oval cut engagement ring, please click here.
If you would like to read more about diamond education, please click here.