Here’s Why Oval Diamond Engagement Rings Have Stood the Test of Time
Oval diamond rings are a cut above the rest.By Kristen Shirley |
Oval diamond engagement rings are one of today’s hottest engagement ring styles. Traditional designs feature oval-shaped diamond solitaires, which are classic and will never go out of style, while new designers are bringing unexpected design elements to oval engagement rings, such as floating diamonds, unusual bezels, and even grey diamonds. Here, we’ve rounded up stunning oval engagement rings that show the range of oval diamonds.
Harry Winston is known for its exceptional diamonds — the house exclusively uses D, E, and F colorless natural diamonds in its jewelry — and craftsmanship. These two oval engagement rings are perfect examples of the house’s designs. Classic brides looking for an elegant, timeless style might opt for an oval-shaped center stone flanked by tapered baguettes. This simple design places the full focus on the sparkle of the center diamond, while the tapered baguettes add a bit of extra flair. Harry Winston uses delicate claw-shaped double prongs in the setting, which further emphasizes the diamond’s beauty. On the other hand, the Bridal Couture pieces focus on more intricate designs. This ring features a central oval-shaped diamond, and each side has a diamond-set bow. At the center of each bow is a pear-shaped diamond. It’s a romantic approach to an engagement ring, while still keeping the eye on the stunning central diamond.
We love fancy-colored diamond engagement rings. This gorgeous Aura ring from De Beers features a rare fancy purple diamond surrounded by a halo of white diamonds. The combination of fancy-colored diamonds with white diamonds is striking. The white diamonds accentuate the color and add extra sparkle to the ring. Fancy-colored diamonds are more expensive per carat than many white diamonds, so adding a halo to the ring is a great way to make your engagement ring look bigger.
G. St Ceremony
Oval-shaped diamonds don’t need to be huge to make an impact. This sweet ring from G.St Ceremony features a .70-carat oval diamond accented by two pear-shaped diamonds. The Petite Ann engagement ring is set in recycled 14K yellow gold, which gives the ring a vintage look. This oval engagement ring is perfect for stacking with a wedding band and additional diamond bands to celebrate memorable moments and anniversaries.
Designer Katherine Kim of KATKIM creates gorgeous pieces with non-traditional silhouettes, and this Floating Oval diamond engagement ring is a perfect example of her aesthetic. Not only is the floating design eye-catching, but she sets the oval-shaped diamond in an octagonal-shaped yellow gold diamond bezel. This adds an unexpected geometric element to the oval engagement ring that edgy brides will adore.
Jemma Wynne frequently uses oval-shaped diamonds in its rings, ranging from fabulous two-stone rings to more traditional designs. This classic ring features an oval-shaped solitaire diamond and a pavé set band. We love the simplicity and timeless design. Brides looking for a more modern ring might opt for a bespoke two-stone ring. This example features a 3-carat oval-shaped diamond alongside an emerald. The green hue of the emerald brings out the diamond’s brilliance.
A simple way to make an oval engagement ring a little more untraditional is to use an East-West setting. Not only is this setting unexpected, but it can trick the eye into thinking the diamond is bigger than it is. Ashley Zhang uses the East-West setting in her Sutton oval engagement ring. The rest of the design is quite clean and simple, letting the diamond take center stage.
Grey diamonds are becoming increasingly popular, especially in diamond engagement rings. Brides get the rarity and beauty of natural diamonds, but the unusual color makes the rings more unique. Eva Fehren is known for her use of grey diamonds, which she frequently pairs with darkened gold to create a more moody ring with a rock-and-roll vibe. The Grey Oval Muse ring features 18K blackened white gold with a .70-carat oval diamond at the center, and grey pavé diamonds around the ring.