Oval-Cut Diamond: What to Look for in Oval Shaped Diamonds


Oh-val! Oh-My! Oh-Yes!  Okay, admittedly we’re fangirling a bit here, but an oval diamond engagement ring just might be our favorite diamond shape. Delivering brilliant diamond shine, yet unique enough to stand out in a crowd, the oval shape offers so many reasons to fall in love.  

If you’re new to oval diamonds, or just now considering what diamond shape is right for your personal style, here's what to look for in oval-cut diamonds


  1. Safety: This is interesting because you’re going to wear your diamond engagement ring for many years, to many places, doing many things, and you want to be safe with your diamond. Because the oval shape doesn’t have any sharp angles or corners, an oval is less prone to chipping or damage, compared to other fancy shapes
  2. Optical Oval Illusion: The oval has larger surface area than a round shape, so an oval diamond with the equal carat weight as a round-cut diamond can often appear larger to the eye. It’s a small, yet big difference.
  3. Just the Facets: An oval diamond is considered a fancy shape version of a round brilliant-cut diamond, giving elongated elegance. Typically cut like a round brilliant-cut diamond, an oval diamond usually has 57 or 58 facets, giving similar visual quality.  
  4. Finger Slimming Effect: So we’re not into finger shaming of any sort, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that an oval shape has an elongated appeal that can often make your finger look longer. Good to know for all those future Ring Selfies!
  5. Look for the Bow Tie: Bow ties may be something you want to see on a wedding day, but keep a close lookout on this diamond feature within the oval diamond.  According to the GIA,  “Expect to see a bow tie. A ‘bow tie’ in diamond parlance is a dark bow-shaped pattern across the table of the diamond. A diamond’s facets act like a series of mirrors that gather light from around you and return it to your eye. As you look at the stone, the dark contrast you see is a reflection of your head and shoulders blocking light from entering the diamond. The closer your face is to the diamond, the more pronounced the bow tie will be. If the diamond is cut well, the bow tie will be minimal, but once you are in front of the diamond, there will always be some measure of a bow tie.”
  6. Oval Appreciation Club: Oval diamonds offer amazing brilliance in an unusual shape, which is why many trendsetters are choosing oval diamonds today. The oval diamond shape often attracts people who have an appreciation for the classics, with a touch of unique sophistication. Think: Duchess Kate Middleton’s oval-shaped sapphire ring, which is both trendsetting and classic at the same time, just as it was for the prior owner and style icon, Princess Diana. 

Now that you know more about oval diamonds, are you ready to see some of these oval diamond beauties? 

An oval diamond can look dramatically different depending on the setting type you could choose.  Here are some of our fave Tacori engagement rings set with oval diamonds.


The Classic Tacori Dantela Ring, with an Oval Diamond.
Our iconic and beloved Dantela setting featured with an oval diamond. If you’re a Tacori lover looking for a forever home for your oval diamond, this ring may just be for you.



Not including center diamond

East-West Directionally Chic.
Here we take an unexpected elongated diamond shape like the oval, and flip it horizontally. The look is totally modern, yet also timeless and elegant with a touch of diamond accent to elevate it beyond basic. This delivers a natural low-profile fit on the hand that’s supremely well-suited for everyday wear.


Simply Tacori

Not including center diamond

Simple Can Be So Beautiful. 
Still horizontally chic, this East-West ring from our Simply Tacori collection keeps the touch of diamonds surrounding the oval, but leaves the sophisticated setting in high shine.


Simply Tacori

Not including center diamond

The Classic Solitaire.
Simple, but never plain. A diamond-bright band, paired with a classic four-prong setting. Especially with an oval diamond, this is a beautifully unique take on the solitaire from our Coastal Crescent Collection.


Coastal Crescent
$1,790.00 USD IN 14KT WHITE GOLD

Not including center diamond

6 Prong Setting.
Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. The 6-prong setting here creates a more detailed design than a 4-prong setting. 


Simply Tacori

Not including center diamond

Simple, with a Touch of Tacori.
Here, we add a touch of diamonds along the tapered band that tastefully adds a bit of designer detail and sparkle to this classic 6-prong setting.


Simply Tacori

Not including center diamond

Three Stone’s The Charm.
In this Simply Tacori style, we add two perfectly proportioned round brilliant diamonds alongside the oval center diamond to create a three-stone ring worthy of the past, present, future legacy.


Simply Tacori

Not including center diamond

A Ribbon Runs Through It.
An eternally popular look, the oval stands out beautifully at the center of this diamond eternity ribbon wrap.  A classic 4-prong setting keeps it understand. HINT HINT: This ring is the beauty that's featured in the "headline" of our blog post.  It's NEW IN from our Coastal Crescent Collection, available in 14k gold, 18k gold, or Platinum.  


Coastal Crescent
$2,390.00 USD IN 14KT WHITE GOLD

Not including center diamond

Unexpected Elegance.
Here, we pair an oval center diamond with Cadillac-cut side diamonds. This unexpected combination creates such a cool diamond contrast that’s endlessly interesting. 2658ov85x65w_10

Simply Tacori
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Not including center diamond

Put a Bloom on it. (And more diamonds, too.)
With this style, we add even more diamond oomph to the three-stone look by adding a perfectly engineered bloom of diamonds encircling the oval. Pave-set diamonds dancing along the band just continues that disco diamond ring of amazingness. This oval ring truly shines.


Not including center diamond

Just the Bloom.
The elegance of a simple solitaire, with a bloom of diamonds encircling the oval to highlight its unique appeal. It’s a totally Tacori take on the solitaire.


Coastal Crescent
$1,890.00 USD IN 14KT WHITE GOLD

Not including center diamond

The Bloom, plus a bit more.
Taking it to the next level, this oval diamond is encircled with a diamond-bright bloom, with added diamond intensity from the french-set diamonds along the band. Definitely a “Wow” ring.


Petite Crescent
$5,690.00 USD IN 18KT WHITE GOLD

Not including center diamond

Who’s ready for RoyalT?
For the 2-carats and up club, RoyalT rings offer a showcase for larger center diamonds. This ring features a standout oval diamond, held aloft within a 4-prong picture frame setting and an elegantly tapered classic platinum band. The outward simplicity and sophistication of this ring belie the understated artistry that goes into every Tacori design. The Tacori RoyalT Collection is all about the details, so click through to see more views and the difference that the Royal Treatment makes. 


Simply Tacori RoyalT

Not including center diamond

More Royal Treatment. 
Look to the graduated diamonds along the shoulders of the band to see how they build toward this incredible oval diamond center stone. If you love more diamond intensity around the circumference of the ring, you may love this RoyalT setting


Petite Crescent RoyalT
$13,690.00 USD IN PLATINUM

Not including center diamond

Tapered Baguettes for the Win.
An unexpected side stone duo of tapered baguettes create a beautiful shape for the ring, which maintains a solitaire-esque silhouette. The step-cut faceting of the side stones create an incredible juxtaposition to the brilliant cut of the oval.


Simply Tacori RoyalT

Not including center diamond

The Perfect Pair.
Adding even more interest to the oval diamond, our designers brilliantly take the asymmetrical shape of pear diamonds and use them as side stones in a symmetrical placement. Diamond intense, totally unique, pears & oval together may just be the perfect pair.


Simply Tacori RoyalT
$10,990.00 USD IN PLATINUM

Not including center diamond

More is More.
Cadillac-cut side stones carry that oval shine broadly across the finger and are enhanced with the string of diamonds along the band. Shimmer and shine.


$10,790.00 USD IN PLATINUM

Not including center diamond

Whether less is more, or more is more, virtually every Tacori engagement ring can be made to measure to accommodate your oval diamond or any other diamond shape or size you like. 

And when you choose to marry an oval diamond with a Tacori setting, it’s an ode to the oval diamond shape like you’ve never seen it before.

At Tacori, our engagement rings are sold as “semi-mounts”, meaning without the center diamond. That choice is yours!  What we love about designing semi-mount engagement rings is that it provides Tacori lovers flexibility in terms of choosing the preferred carat weight or the cut and shape of the center stone made to match with their Tacori setting; in other words, it enables you to design your dream engagement ring. And because each Tacori ring is Handcrafted in California – each ring is totally made-to-order and unique for the person who wants to design their dream ring.  

What do you think?  Do you love oval diamonds?  Which setting style is your favorite to make the oval shine?  Or is there another shape you’re interested in?  Leave a comment and let us know. Or share with a friend to share the love!

Want more oval? Check out The Shape Guide: Oval Cut





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