Breaking Down the Various Types of Oval Engagement Rings

Breaking Down the Various Types of Oval Engagement Rings


Oval engagement rings are a throwback to the 1950s. They became popular largely due to their unique shape. The lengthened top and bottom made the oval diamond look larger, even if it was the same size as a round diamond. 

The cut also hides certain flaws that may have otherwise been more prominent. We'll look at the different types of oval engagement rings and give you a few tips on how to choose the right one.


Forevermark Oval Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Oval rings with a halo were designed for off-the-charts sparkle. The small cluster of diamonds sets off the oval cut, which can make smaller engagement rings stand out.



18K White Gold Forevermark Solitaire Engagement Ring

The solitaire diamond has always been a timeless style. It features a certain elegance in its simplicity and allows the main event to take center stage.



Tacori Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Similar to halo diamonds, a side-stone engagement ring will add brilliance on either side of the main diamond.



Henri Daussi Engagement Ring

If you want to give a thin band a little more oomph while accenting the diamond, a pavé style engagement ring looks like glitter in motion.



The cut of an engagement ring has a lot to do with both the structure and the overall aesthetics of the diamond. Cut grading for oval cuts though isn't always available to the buyer, unlike other kinds of cuts (e.g., round brilliant, etc.). This is because oval diamonds are inherently unique, whether assessing their depth, width or length.

There is no such thing as a perfect percentage here because each diamond has its own characteristics that make it valuable to the wearer. This is not to say there aren't recommendations out there though. There's just no generally accepted 'right' cut.

If you were looking for specific parameters, try to keep your length to width ratio at around 1.4 for the most visually appealing engagement band. To get this ratio, just divide length by width (in millimeters).


Oval diamonds are said to create the illusion of bow-ties in the middle of the stone. (You can identify by the dark space that stretches across the center.) Every diamond is different though. Some are nearly impossible to see while others are impossible to miss. Because bow-ties darken the stone due to the cut of the diamond, we recommend choosing one that is nearly invisible.

The good news is that inclusions and blemishes are largely 'hidden' with oval diamonds — particularly as you get near the rounded end of the ring. If you choose a lower quality clarity, it will likely look just as good as one in higher quality.


Choosing an oval engagement ring with a wedding band can sometimes be challenging. Let us help you make the most stunning decision. You really can’t go wrong with an oval diamond--especially if you’re looking for a flashier style with a smaller price tag. A 2.5 carat from a famous brand like Moissanite can look very similar to a 1 carat of an unknown designer.

Padis Jewelry makes it easy to land on a style and cut that will last forever. Schedule a visit to our showroom today.