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Oval diamond shape

oval diamondThe modern Oval diamond is a fancy elliptical shape developed in 1957 by L. Kaplan, founder of a famous diamond manufacturing company (LKI). Since the legendary jeweler was a relative to the founder of the mathematical formula for ideal brilliant cut published few decades before, patented Oval diamond shape has great brilliance, fire and outline just like celebrated Round diamonds. Moreover, it's occasionally called oval modified brilliant diamond, what is the merit of different technical style. "Oval" comes from the Latin word for egg, what is the consequence of an elliptical shape if looking from above. The sparkle will probably surpass the other diamond shapes if the master cutter has processed the rough gemstone.

Ratios around 1.33 and 1.66 specify the thickness of cut so the number often deviates according to the customer's distinct needs. An ideal would be 1.5 because any higher would distort the proportions. Passionate Oval diamonds positioned in the center shine wonderfully with 56 or 58 facets (depending on the pavilion) when mounted on any engagement ring. The depth is about 60% and the best person for consultation and advice on this issue is your jeweler. Subjective impression frequently exceeds the insignificant numbers and the increase of price for the higher class represents an unnecessary burden on your budget.

In comparison to Marquise diamonds, Oval cut has a striking difference and simultaneously one crucial advantage when it comes to weaknesses. Both points aren't precisely tapered so there is no risk of chipping the significant rounded edges. The uniqueness of shape provides a dominance over the ubiquitous brilliant diamonds. Oval shapes nicely fit on small fingers because they extend the appearance of the woman's hand. These diamond shapes are very popular for such exceptional purpose. Stretched surfaces will reveal an expensive impression of valuable diamond and that's the main benefit of Ovals. Sometimes visible features can make a strong impact on viewers so a diamond's price, because of a less common shape, seems excessive compared to its true carat weight, clarity grade or overall value, in general.

Oval diamond shape fits best with a clear loose diamond as a center stone in a ring, earrings or pendant. Settings decorated with tiny diamonds or colored precious stones attract as much as magnificent matching or side-stone sets. Three stone rings are also an interesting setting and fabulous decision to mount an Oval. The shape itself creates the illusion of long, elegant fingers so it's suitable for women with shorter hands. Large deficiency of Oval shapes is the bow-tie effect, an unwanted dark spot around the center caused by the light reflection. This will greatly reduce a gem's price and will use to create an unpleasant imprint to the observer. However, effect is visible only from a specific angle and it shouldn't prevent you from choosing such lovely diamonds.