How to Buy The Best Oval Cut Stone

With the publicized jewellery of celebrities, there has been an increase in interest regarding the unique Oval Cut stones. Oval stones exude elegance and chic luxury, not just in the conventional engagement ring but in drop earrings and necklace pendants. Whether the oval cut stone is used as an accent stone or the centrepiece of your jewellery, it is an outstanding choice. The Oval Cut stone appears as a hybrid between a Round and the Pear cut. Its sparkle is guaranteed to capture the interest of any eye. Like plenty other cuts of stone, it is important to keep several things in mind when indulging in the brilliant Oval Cut. 

Length to Width Ratio

When it comes to the popular oval cut, there is no standard shape; there is only the length to width ratio. The length to width ratio is pertinent to the cut as it affects the overall shape of the stone, allowing it to appear narrow or wide to the eye. Therefore, it’s important to note that while you may not like the look of one Oval Cut stone, you may fall in love with another that has a different ratio. The ratio you choose depends on both your personal preference and the setting it will be paved in. The classic length to width ratio of the Oval Cut is 1.40 to 1.50. A 1.50 ratio provides a narrow and long appearance while a 1.40-1.30 ratio provides a wider stone. Dropping below 1.30 will give you a squarer looking stone, neither round nor oval. 

Take Caution of the Bow-Tie

The biggest disadvantage of the Oval Cut or any elongated cut is the ‘bow-tie’. The bow-tie refers to a darkened area that expands over the centre of the stone when viewed from certain angles. It may not be obvious initially but once noticed it is hard to ignore. However, do note that all fancy cuts will have some form of bow-tie effect. If there is no bow-tie, the stone will look shallow. Some degree of bow-tie will give the stone depth. Obvious bow-tie appears due to poor craftsmanship; a lack of care in the cutting of the stone and the alignment of facets which compromises the quality of light refraction. Therefore, it boils down to the skill and experience of the craftsman to create a delicate balance of the bow-tie effect. At Eclat by Oui, all our crafters have been handpicked and distinguished from others due to their experience, passion and skilled work. 

Symmetry is Important

The symmetry in an Oval Cut is immensely critical to the brilliance of the cut. The stone should have identical sides and neatly round edges that slope elegantly downwards to the ends. An unaccounted disproportion in the oval cut is obvious and easily noticeable. The talented hands of our craftsmen have had years practicing the art of crafting perfectly symmetrical Oval Cut. 

Choosing the perfect cut can be difficult. However, when equipped with a little knowledge, it isn’t that daunting of a task. The perfect jewellery is dependent heavily on the skill and passion of the craftsman. At Eclat by Oui, we promise that we always deliver the best quality products to our customers. Take the time to peruse through our stunning and carefully curated collection of jewellery. We are sure you’ll find something that captures your heart.