âThe oval engagement ring is a classic, gorgeous shape that has a timeless appeal and is universally flattering,â says Guy Burton, director of Hancocks jewelry. Kourtney Kardashian probably agrees. The star recently confirmed her engagement to drummer Travis Barker on Instagram, wearing a stunning oval diamond on the fourth finger of her left hand – naturally her sister Kim captured it all in her IG stories.
In December of last year, Ariana Grande spurred searches for oval engagement rings to skyrocket when she shared a photo of an oval-cut diamond on her ring finger, set at an angle to a platinum band next to it. of a pearl which, according to his fans, was taken from him. late grandfather tie pin.
Decades before Grande and Kardashian were presented with their diamonds, a young Diana Spencer’s engagement ring – an oval-cut Ceylon sapphire – overnight became one of the most famous pieces of jewelry in the world. Now, of course, it belongs to the late Princess’s daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.
âThe shape is a classic with a contemporary twist – and lots of sparkle, as the oval shape has a similar ability to reflect light and maximize shine as the round brilliant cut,â said Celine Assimon, CEO of De Beers. Jewelers, in British Vogue. “The elongated shape also creates the illusion of heavier carat weight and makes the finger appear long and thin, which is very flattering.”
London jeweler Hattie Rickards agrees: âThey’re soft and subtle in shape with almost all the sparkle of circles, but their elongated shape has a lengthening effect on the finger,â she notes. “With oval gemstones, you get better use of the crystal, giving you more sparkle and shine than in other sizes such as an emerald cut or a square cut.”
Rickards specializes in bespoke engagement rings and has designed a multitude of oval cut styles, done in conjunction with a bride or “in secret” with the groom. âThere are so many different ways of designing around an oval cut that give it an everlasting appeal; you can celebrate their sweetness in a solitary design, you can add a traditional oval halo, or you can modernize the oval cut by placing them in a more geometric frame, like an octagonal bezel.
Elsewhere, the âGlobeâ ring by jeweler Grace Lee is an elegant alternative to a classic oval-cut center stone. Available in 14k yellow, rose or white gold, it features a trio of oval-cut diamonds, scattered over the sculptural form.
Get inspired by Vogue‘s edit of oval engagement rings, below.