Oval diamonds do have the magic ability to also appear larger on the hand than a round brilliant cut due to the shallower depth of the stone at the elongated ends. As the stone is cut to optimise the weight and proportion of the finished gem from the rough crystal, less waste occurs during this process making oval stones slightly less expensive than their round counterparts.
When choosing the perfect oval diamond much of the appeal is down to personal preference as to the shape – you may prefer a long slender oval that is elongated and elegant or a more rounded oval with an egg shape. Because of the variation of the available shape and proportion of ovals, and the appearance of the bow tie being more prevalent on some stones, it is really virtually impossible to fully appreciate the true presence and appearance of a stone unless it is viewed in person. In addition, unlike round stones which have a formal grading for the finish of the cut, there is no such standard for oval shaped stones. For this reason, it is best to be guided by a diamond professional as to the stones that have been cut to possess the most optimal proportion for maximum brilliance and fire.