Which comes first the proposal or the engagement ring?
It’s tough being a guy, ready to get down on his knees, who doesn’t have a clue about rings and things.
Like the old chicken and egg quandary, nobody really knows whether the gentleman should buy the bling before or after proposing.
Maybe, just maybe, you think, it’s worth taking a risk and spending all my nest-egg on a perfect egg-shaped diamond.
Oval engagement rings are a choice of the discerning man.
It’s also possible to save some of your eggs without sacrificing quality.
The oval diamond can cost significantly less than intricate cuts, such as the Asscher or emerald.
Because each end of the stone is elongated, the diamond itself appears larger than it is.
Oval engagement rings especially call-out to creative, artsy type women.
If your lady doesn’t follow trends, the exquisite oval shape is a mirror-match for her free spirit.
There’s that…and more too.
Sit back and watch your status rise with her go-to girls.
You have selected the elegant shape that A-listers are beginning to appreciate.
Think Blake Lively flaunting her pink oval diamond.
And how about Hedi Klum’s oval shaped 10 carat yellow diamond engagement ring.
As indicated, oval engagement rings are not trending now.
They hold a respectable 4th place in popularity, with the brilliant round, princess and marquise commanding the top three spots.
History and Characteristics of Oval Engagement Rings
The oval cut diamond was brought into fashion for the first time around 200 years ago.
Oval shaped diamonds available on today’s market are distinguished by the term “modern oval cut”.
Lazare Kaplan, the famed diamond cutter from Russia, launched the modern oval cut in the 1960s.
As a result of the innovative cut, Kaplan was inaugurated into the Jewelers International Hall of Fame.
Rough diamonds, which are flawed or badly shaped often can’t be made into a single stone.
Kaplan was renowned for his skill in changing these rough misfits into brilliantly cut diamonds.
Appearance-wise the oval falls between round brilliant and pear cut diamonds.
The cut features 58 facets and the best ratio is 1.50, making the shape 1 ½ times longer than its width.
Cutters prefer this ratio in order to elongate the diamond enough to distinguish the oval cut from the round shape; however it is not long enough to mistake with the Marquise.
The rough stone also determines whether the oval emerges long and skinny or wide and short.
This shape is proportioned to optimize carat weight, making the oval diamond look larger than round brilliants of a comparable weight.
Looks can be deceiving as some people see the brilliant round shape the most glittery of the two stones.
Actually, it depends upon the cutter’s expertise to ensure oval engagement rings have that striking shimmery shine.
As for color and clarity, oval cut diamonds reflect awesomely when the color grade is reasonably high.
Care must be taken for optimal clarity.
It’s easy to see inclusions and hard to conceal them in the setting.
Stylish Settings for Oval Engagement Rings
Dazzling oval engagement rings adapt to diverse settings.
If you want your lady to one-up her contemporaries, put your awareness on the horizontal setting.
The length of the stone and band are parallel, which is highly unusual.
A bezel setting augments the sideways oval cut diamond.
It is safer than a prong setting, because the stone is flush with the band.
The caveat is that for the most part the stone will be covered.
This could diminish its sparkle and brilliance.
If you go with a prong setting, the oval diamond requires a minimum of six prongs to keep it secure.
The three stone setting for the oval shaped stone is timeless and traditional.
You’ll have a flexible hand to create her unique engagement ring with different colors and/or cuts.
Gold engagement rings bespeak glamour in a three-stone setting.
If your intended likes matchy-matchy, opt for a large oval cut diamond in the center, flanked by two smaller oval shaped diamonds.
Otherwise, the smaller diamonds can be trillion (triangle) cut, heart, star any shape you really love.
It’s fun to bling-up the three stone setting with smaller stones encircling the band.
Or, add pops of color with colored side stones.
For instance, the larger white diamond looks extraordinary with rubies or sapphires on either side.
Precious Metals for Oval Engagement Rings
Ring metals are typically gold in one of its various forms.
Yellow gold engagement rings set the standard for decades.
But, to continue building a ring for your significant other that is different and unique, let’s explore several options.
Rose gold is a romantic option.
Think Victorian days.
It marries well with oval engagement rings.
It is still precious gold, but the alloys are mixed in a different way.
Green gold appeals to nature lovers.
It’s a good time to investigate green gold engagement rings because at present they are rare.
If you’re going with the three stone setting, a trinity band of green, white and rose gold would enhance the rings exclusivity.
White gold is always in style for rings.
It is a good alternative for high-priced platinum and exudes a similar bright shininess.
White gold engagement rings will need to be re-plated with rhodium from time to time in order to maintain their original patina.
Platinum is a popular metal that comes with benefits.
If your lady is prone to sensitive skin, the platinum band is hypoallergenic.
Like your wedding vows, platinum is forever – it’s that durable.
Palladium is a relative of platinum, but more affordable.
Silver is the best precious metal for the budget-conscious.
It does, however, tarnish easily and because it’s softer, silver is prone to scratches.
It’s a little known fact that jewelers seldom even offer to show oval engagement rings.
Did you learn about their existence here?
That the oval shape is not as popular as the round or marquise is a good thing.
It is beautifully exquisite, sophisticated and just plain different.
Why not give your lady what she doesn’t even know she wants!