The Rise of Elongated Diamond Cuts: A Look at Emerald, Radiant, Pear, and Oval Shapes
For those of you that just got engaged, or are thinking about it and might be out there looking for the perfect engagement ring, you’ve probably noticed a trend: elongated diamond cuts like emerald, radiant, pear, and oval are all trending options right now. But what’s the deal with these shapes, and why are they so popular? I thought I would give you some insight onto it in this blog post.
Oval engagement rings have been a favourite of mine for many years. I used to have a princess cut when I was engaged, which was my dream ring, but I realised a while after that I was gravitating more towards the oval shape as it was more feminine and helped elongate my fingers. So, lets get to it!
Understanding Elongated Diamond Cuts
What Are They?
Elongated diamond cuts include:
- Emerald: Rectangular with cut corners.
- Radiant: A blend of emerald and round.
- Pear: Teardrop-shaped.
- Oval: As the name suggests, an oval shape.
These shapes are known for their stretched-out appearance, giving them a unique charm.
Why Choose Elongated?
- Visual Appeal: They’re just gorgeous! These cuts have a sophisticated, modern look.
- Finger Elongation: These shapes can make the finger appear longer and more slender.
- Size Illusion: They often appear larger than round diamonds of the same carat.
The Buzz Around Oval Engagement Rings
The oval cut is a star in its own right. It’s been gaining popularity for its elegant, timeless appearance. Plus, an Oval Engagement Ring can stand out in a crowd of more traditional round diamonds. I think this is why I’m always attracted to it because it’s so pretty and elegant on its own.
Price and Size
- Carat vs. Size: Remember, double the carat doesn’t mean double the size. This is true for all diamond shapes, including ovals.
- Cost of Natural vs. Lab Diamonds: Natural diamonds get pricier per carat as they grow in size. But with lab diamonds, the price increase isn’t as steep, unless you’re going for something really big.
Tom from Brillianteers says, “Oval cuts are a fantastic choice. They have this unique ability to appear larger than their actual carat weight.” For those of you that are interested in this cut, you can explore more about these Oval Cut Engagement Rings at their website. It really is true though! The oval shape does make the diamond look bigger than the regular brilliant (round) shape. I agree with him.
Making the Most of Your Diamond
The Halo Effect
A halo design, where smaller diamonds encircle the main stone, can make any diamond, especially elongated cuts, appear larger. It’s a clever way to get more bang for your buck and enhance the ring’s overall brilliance. They also create more of a shine that reflects onto the main stone.
Choosing the Right Cut for You
The best diamond cut is the one that resonates with your personal style. Whether it’s the classic elegance of an emerald cut or the uniqueness of a pear shape, your choice should reflect who you are. You want to look at your personal taste and your appearance and find out if you have softer, rounder lines to your figure, which would indicate rounder stones like oval would work harmoniously for you, or if you have more angular, sharp, straight lines to your frame, this would mean emerald cut would be perfect. This isn’t set in stone though, it’s totally your choice and what looks good on your hand.
- Lifestyle: Think about daily wear and practicality. A huge rock if you’re always using your hands or doing some kind of manual labour probably isn’t very practical.
- Aesthetic: What kind of jewellery do you usually gravitate towards? Sleek and modern? Classic and timeless? Pick a ring that’s going to go with the rest of your jewellery collection.
- Gold or Silver? This depends entirely on your colouring and whether or not you have warm or cool undertones. Go with the colour you have most of when it comes to necklaces and bracelets.
Elongated diamond cuts, especially the oval, are more than just a passing trend. They offer a unique blend of elegance, perceived size, and style. When picking your engagement ring, remember it’s not just about the size or the price – it’s about finding a piece that truly represents your love and personal style. Happy ring hunting!