What is an Oval Cut Diamond?


The oval cut diamond is a stunning choice and is very close in popularity to the round brilliant cut diamond. Why don’t we look at some reasons why the oval cut diamond is gaining in popularity and why it is such a special stone.

The oval cut diamond is a variant of the popular round brilliant cut. The oval diamond is considered a “fancy” shaped diamond and has an elongated beautiful outline. The oval shape symbolizes faithfulness and fertility.

Find out what makes oval-shaped diamonds so special.

What makes the Oval Cut Diamond so Special?

If you are looking for something as traditional as the brilliant cut but still want something different then the oval cut diamond then this is the gem for you. This diamond just explodes with brilliance and fire.

The oval slight shape of the diamond is very flattering on the finger and makes them appear more slender. The diamond also looks larger than other shapes because of its expanded design.

If you are the sort of person who still likes the traditional round cut diamond but wants something with a little more character, an oval diamond is a brilliant choice.

Did you know that oval-shaped diamonds have had a long rich history and actually appeared as early at the 1300’s! Oval shaped diamonds have been popular for many centuries and it’s easy to see why.

Pros and Cons of the Oval Cut Diamond

Something wonderful about this diamond shape is that it doesn’t have sharp or angled edges, which means it will be much less prone to chipping. You can feel confident wearing it daily knowing that it will stand up to daily wear and tear.

Another positive point is that because of this diamonds shape, blemishes and inclusions can barely be seen if not completely invisible to the human eye. This allows you to spend more money on the carat weight or cut, and less on clarity.

It is unfortunate that most oval cut diamonds will display a bowtie effect of some degree. This is just because of their elongated form. Some will have a more prominent one than others. The only way to really tell how severe the bowtie is will be to examine the diamond with your own eyes.


  • Sometimes cheaper than other cuts at 1-carat or less.
  • Often looks larger than other diamond cuts (see also What Diamond Cut Looks the Biggest?)
  • Hard to see imperfections
  • Less prone to chipping


  • Can have dark bowtie areas
  • Extremely expensive of 2-carats

Are Oval Cut Diamonds Expensive?

It’s nice to know that oval cut diamonds are usually always at a lower price point than round brilliants of the same cut quality and carat weight. This is because the oval cut diamond doesn’t need as much cutting as the traditional round and makes use of more rough diamond.

Oval Cut Diamond Price

You can find a beautifully cut oval diamond for around 1 carat with SI1 clarity and G color for about $4000. What’s crazy about Oval cuts, if you go up to 2-carats, the price jumps up to $13,500! For the same specs and just one carat greater!

What is the Best Setting for an Oval Cut Diamond?

Oval cut diamonds are very versatile and look exquisite in many different settings both by themselves or paired beside other diamonds.

You do want to make sure that the setting encasing the diamond is at least four to six prongs. This will not only showcase the shape of the diamond best but also ensure there is no movement.

For color, your best bet would be to stick around an H color or higher if you are going with an oval cut.

Remember when choosing your diamond that the most important factor you need to take into consideration is the quality of its cut. The Gemological Institute of America does not determine cut grading for oval cut diamond shapes. So you won’t be able to get a standard cut measurement for table or depth percentages because the oval’s unique structure is just too complex.

An oval cuts overall beauty is determined by the wearer and if you visually like what you see then you’re making a good start. It really comes down to personal choice and style as the oval cut diamond will work with every setting and band choice.

The oval cut diamond truly is exquisite and classy and it’s no wonder that it is one of the world’s most popular diamond shapes!

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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