Despite round rings holding the top spot when it comes to trends and popular engagement ring styles for many years, oval engagement rings are seeing a new surge in popularity recently. According to data from Google Trends, “oval engagement rings” was the most searched for ring cut of the past five years! This is a huge spike, so why has oval grabbed the attention of the public so much?
History of oval engagement rings
Variations of the elongated shape have been around for centuries. For example, signet rings are usually oval-shaped so that there is enough room to carve a family crest. These began popping up in the 1700s in Georgian-era England.
150 years later, Queen Victoria came to possess the Koh-i-noor diamond from India and recut the stone into an amazing 105-carat oval shape. The diamond was used in a coronation crown for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in 1937. It is now housed in the Tower of London.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, oval diamond engagement rings became less popular than they were during the time of Diana. However, the shape came back into the spotlight when Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010. As A-list celebrities began to use the shape as well, it gained a new following and remains a very popular option for couples to this day.
Why should you choose an oval engagement ring?
You get more for your money
Oval diamonds are quite similar to round diamonds when it comes to brilliance and sparkle. However, ovals have a naturally elongated shape that give the appearance of being larger when worn on a finger. A nice extra factor to this shape is how they complement both short and longer fingers. An oval ring will look good on thin, long fingers, and they can make shorter fingers seem slimmer, so you’re sure to love the look of an oval engagement ring on your wedding finger.
Also, if you are struggling to decide between a 2ct. round diamond or a 2ct. oval diamond, the oval diamond will take up more room on your finger despite both stones being the same carat weight, giving the appearance of a bigger ring. As well as this, oval rings are typically less expensive than their round counterparts, so it certainly feels like you’re getting better value for money when you opt for an oval engagement ring.
Oval diamonds pair well with many settings
Oval cut engagement rings are very versatile due to their ability to be paired well with the majority of settings. Selecting the right style of setting is nearly as important as deciding on the centre stone.
The wrong setting could potentially overpower and take focus away from the stone. However, an oval shape is large enough that it won’t be overshadowed by a beautiful setting, both elements will work together to create a stunning engagement ring.
Oval diamond engagement rings are popular with celebrities
Celebrities are renowned for living lavish lifestyles and proposals and engagement rings are no exception to this. Depending on who you ask, Ryan Reynolds is often credited for the increased popularity of oval diamonds when he proposed to Blake Lively.
Since then, many big-name celebrities have started choosing the oval shape. Kourtney Kardashian, Serena Williams, and Ariana Grande are just a few examples of famous ladies who have adorned beautiful oval rings on their fingers.
Round vs oval diamonds
Both round and oval cut diamonds offer a timeless elegance that will never go out of style. That being said, if you had to differentiate their “style” the round is more traditional, and the oval is a bit more unique. So, if you’re looking for a ring that’s more conventional and classic the round might be the better option, it’s the quintessential shape and overall industry standard.
If you want something a bit different, whilst still providing a sophisticated look, the oval is a great option. Additionally, even though the oval shape is more unique, it is much more diverse than other fancy diamond shapes, like marquise and heart shape diamonds.
Which diamond shape is right for you?
Deciding between a round or an oval ring will ultimately come down to personal preference. Both are very popular and fantastic choices that you can’t go wrong with.
You may be more drawn to a round ring if:
- You want the most traditional and classic style
- You want broader options to choose from when buying a ring
- Budget is not a concern for you
You might be more tempted by an oval ring if:
- You want a timeless yet unique style
- You want a larger-looking diamond
- You are interested in getting a bespoke engagement ring for that extra element of originality
- You want to save a bit of money
- You want your ring to stand out from any other
To answer the title question, yes, oval engagement rings are very popular for modern couples getting engaged. They can make for a stunning ring that you’re sure to treasure forever. Custom made engagement rings that are oval shaped are especially effective because they give that extra special feeling of uniqueness and being made specifically for that bride.
Contact our team today by email, phone, or visit us in our gallery if you’re interested in customised engagement rings. After an initial discussion we can book an appointment to get a clear understanding of what your vision is for your bespoke oval engagement ring and make it a reality.