Round Brilliant vs. Oval Diamonds: Everything You Need To Know
A timeless round brilliant or an elegant lab grown oval diamond?
Round and oval cultured diamonds are both considered brilliant cuts; meaning they are cut with numerous facets to maximize light return in your diamond and provide an unmatched brilliance and sparkle as a center stone option for your engagement ring. So how do you know which one is right for you? Scroll down to find out!
Perfected in 1919 by Marcel Tolkowsky, the round brilliant cut in truly unmatched in timeless style and sparkle. The popularity of round diamonds belies the difficulty and complexity of this beautiful cut which is designed with 58 facets (57 if the culet is excluded). Even with modern technology, cutting a round shape from a rough diamond crystal nearly always results in a loss of weight around 50%-meaning the rough crystal from which a round brilliant is cut must be larger than other shapes.
Brilliant cuts with perfect symmetry between their table (top) and pavilion (bottom) are known as "ideal cuts". While often misused as a marketing term applied to other shapes, ideal cuts only apply to round brilliant diamonds.
The term "hearts and arrows" refers to a visual phenomenon that occurs in ideal cut diamonds with excellent symmetry. Because of the precision required to cut a round brilliant, these dazzling diamonds are the standard against which all other diamonds are measured; meaning they will never go out of style.
The finger flattering shape and exceptional sparkle of the oval brilliant has made this diamond cut Ada's most requested fancy shape. Combining classic brilliance with a unique, romantic form, the elongated shape of the oval diamond can also offer the illusion of an even greater size due to the more even weight distribution of the stone.
Many oval diamonds have a visible "bow-tie" effect, in essence a shadow spanning the width of the diamond. Ada's Concierge team carefully hand selects and visually inspects each diamond to ensure our ovals are eye clean with limited to no bow tie effect.
There is also a greater variation in cut styles with oval diamonds versus rounds, which are cut to very exact specifications. Some ovals are more elongated, while others are wider. When selecting your lab created oval diamond, your Diamond Concierge will help you find the perfect length and width ratio for your engagement ring, and will carefully curate a list of only the most exceptional lab grown ovals to meet your specifications
Round and oval lab grown diamonds are two of Ada's most popular shapes, and it's no coincidence that these versatile cuts lend themselves to well to nearly any setting style, from stunning solitaires to diamond bands, or framed with a halo of extra sparkle.
Selecting the right lab created diamond and setting for your engagement ring is easy with Ada's Diamond Concierge team. As the leading luxury purveyor of lab grown diamonds, Ada receives the first right of refusal from diamond growers the world over-meaning your Ada Diamond Concierge can curate a list of stones for you that are not available anywhere else. Your Concierge will share with you a curated list of the best lab grown diamonds available along with HD videos, images and grading reports to ensure you'll be delighted with the sparkle and fire of your lab created diamond.