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What You Need to Know About Oval Cut Diamonds

  • Oval Cuts are both classic and super-trendy, making them a great choice.
  • The problem is that it’s hard to find a stone with some depth but not too much. If depth is too shallow, the diamond will look like a bow-tie. If it’s too deep, the stone will look dull. You need to find the right compromise my dear friend.
  • My advice on that is you pick the appropriate L/W ratio. Don’t go any higher than 1.50, the perfect ratio for an oval cut being 1.30.
  • As for color and clarity, you can get perfectly acceptable diamonds when you go as low as I and SI1, oval cut diamonds are good at hiding color and inclusions. Just take a careful look at where the inclusions are positioned.
  • This last one is for your wallet; oval shape diamonds are usually cheaper than their round counterparts.

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Dr. Rian Mulcahy
Rian is officially a Diamond PhD - just ping us if you’d like to read her fascinating 200-page thesis, titled Facets of Value: An Investigation into the Formation of Worth in the Diamond Market. She has consulted various firms all along the pipeline, from the rough diamond market to the recycled diamond industry. She holds an MA in Globalisation and Development from University College Cork and a PhD in the Sociology of Diamond Valuation from the London School of Economics.