Throughout history, the oval shape has held deep associations with the egg, in fact, the word oval comes from the Latin word for egg: ovum. Not very romantic, you might be thinking, but you would be mistaken. Eggs have many symbolic meanings across cultures. Most commonly connected to fertility, eggs also symbolize life, time, hope, purity, light, wealth, and luck. Taken together, these rich connotations give you a significant reason to choose the egg-shaped oval for your diamond jewelry, especially if you are considering an oval-shaped stone for an engagement ring.
The unique elongated structure and brilliant cut of the oval-shaped diamond makes it an irresistible choice for diamond jewelry. And an oval’s relationship to life, hope, and fertility make it a great choice for a diamond engagement ring! Because of its versatility, modern and traditional brides-to-be alike will be overjoyed with an oval-shaped diamond ring, whether in a solitaire, three-stone, or halo arrangement. Great Heights offers an ample collection of engagement ring settings which will pair beautifully with your oval-shaped diamond. With the help of our style guide and ring builder, you can take your time looking through our generous collection from the comfort of your own home. And the best part about choosing an oval-shaped diamond from Great Heights is knowing that you are buying a diamond with higher standards. Our diamonds are ethically grown and environmentally friendly, making them a great alternative to mined diamonds.
All diamonds are graded with guidelines in a system used by gem graders called the 4Cs. The Cs stand for color, cut, clarity, and carat, and are criteria with which everyone looking for diamonds should make themselves familiar.
Color-When we learn that a diamond is graded by its lack of color, it’s easy to understand why the highest graded diamonds are structurally perfect, chemically pure, and have no hue. The color scale for diamonds is D-Z , where D is colorless and Z has the most amount of color. Diamonds will appear brighter with less color, so higher color scores are preferable, especially when buying an engagement ring. Some diamond cuts and shapes retain color more than others and influence how much light is scattered. The oval-shaped diamond has multiple facets, allowing it to hide color better than a less-faceted stone, like the emerald cut.
Cut- The cut of a diamond is defined by its proportions, the arrangement of the facets within the stone, and its symmetry and polish. This is different from a diamond’s shape, which is simply its outline. The components of a diamond’s cut influence how it interacts with light and, therefore, how dazzling it is. Diamond graders look for a stone’s brightness, fire, and scintillation. The oval-shaped diamond has a type of brilliant cut, with more facets than some simple cut stones, like the emerald cut. Because of its extra facets, the oval has both a unique shape and a sparkling appearance.
Clarity-Diamond clarity relates to the absence of blemishes and inclusions. Blemishes can be found on the exterior of a stone, and inclusions can be seen on the interior, although usually only with special tools. Clarity is graded on a scale that ranges from FL-I, or, flawless to included. A perfectly flawless diamond is the ideal, but you can also choose a stone that looks great to the human eye, which can help save money. The good thing is, some diamond cuts and shapes hide flaws better than others. The oval shape has 58 facets, so it does a pretty good job of hiding inclusions, unlike emerald and asscher cuts, which show them more easily.
Carat- A carat is the unit of weight for diamonds, with one carat equal to 200 milligrams. Although diamonds increase in price with higher carat weight, two diamonds of equal carat weight can have dissimilar prices due to the grades of the other 3Cs. Oval-shaped diamonds look good at any carat weight, but larger diamonds always look stunning as solitaires. Surrounding your oval with pave halos can allow you to choose a diamond with a lower carat weight.
*Oval-shaped diamonds do a pretty good job of hiding color, so a color grade of H or higher will be fine.
*Because of it’s 58 facets, an oval also hides inclusions better than some other stones. Choosing an oval diamond with a clarity score of SI2 (slightly included 2) or better will result in a dazzling piece of jewelry.
*When choosing a 2 carat diamond or larger, a clarity score of VS2 or higher will give you a brighter look, as clarity scores are calculated in relation to a diamond’s size. Larger stones also show color more readily, so increase your color score when you increase your carat weight.
*The oval shape is an excellent choice for a solitaire setting, but it also looks stunning in a three-stone setting, or surrounded with pave diamonds in a halo setting.
We have choices in where we spend our hard-earned income and today we are able to match our buying power to our principles. Buying lab-grown diamonds is the easiest way to ensure that your purchase is both ethically-conscious and environmentally friendly. Lab-grown diamonds are chemically, structurally, and optically the same as mined diamonds, both composed of pure carbon crystals. But, where lab diamonds and mined diamonds diverge are in their origins. Unlike mined diamonds, which are taken from the earth using drastic measures resulting in both human and environmental degradation, lab diamonds are grown in clean, controlled, laboratory conditions. Their pure beginnings make lab-grown diamonds free from the ethical and environmental problems associated with diamond mining, so they can be purchased with a clear conscience. It’s also nice to know that lab diamonds are up to 40% less expensive than mined diamonds. So, have fun and peace of mind, while looking for your oval-shaped diamond from the solace of your living room.