Like clothes and shoes, engagement ring trends come and go, albeit (and thankfully) at a much slower pace. Though the round center stone is consistently the number one preferred diamond shape due to its unmatched brilliance and classic longevity, fancy shapes definitely go through more obvious cycles. One of the star fancy shapes for engagement rings in the past few years has hands down been the oval. Whether scouring the many inspirational boards of Pinterest or browsing through Instagram, it’s obvious to note that oval engagement rings are a popular choice for today’s brides. Ovals are a great choice for many reasons. Firstly, they have great brilliance, second only to the round but with the added advantage of looking larger in the same carat weight. Secondly, because of their elongated shape they tend to make fingers look slimmer and longer. The shape is desirable because there are no sharp corners to worry about chipping or snagging so they are ideal for everyday wear. From a cost perspective they cost less than rounds in the same carat weight while simultaneously appearing larger. Lastly, they look great in all types of settings including halo, three stone and solitaire and they look great in clean contemporary settings as well as vintage inspired styles, so there are limitless options to choose from. Whatever your heart desires there is an oval engagement ring for you.
Below I’ve rounded up the top oval engagement ring settings for every taste and budget.
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The solitaire is an easy and obvious choice for any center stone, oval included. Not only does it easily pair with other rings like your wedding or anniversary band, it is a timeless classic that will never go out of style. The rose gold is both warm, feminine and the metal color of choice for today’s trendy lady. It looks great with a white gold wedding band for a two tone bridal set. Because the setting is not overly expensive you can really funnel your funds into the center stone quality.
If a solitaire is too simple for your taste, the dainty leaf motif split shank on this oval engagement ring setting adds just enough romantic flair without being overwhelming. Millgrain detailing along the edge adds lovely vintage inspired charm.
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If you prefer something with a little more bling while still emanating a traditional aesthetic, the Joanna style is a perfect option. 0.25 carats of diamonds set in French pave on a thin 14 karat white gold shank solidify this style as both elegant and classic.
The Sadie style upgrades a simple diamond shank with one that imbues femininity infused with subtle vintage accents. Marquise shaped stations, each set with a brilliant diamond, form the band of this delicate style giving a fresh spin to a classic straight band. This ring also pairs beautifully with our stackable collection for the ideal bridal set.
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Somewhere between the solitaire and the halo lies the hidden halo. For those ladies who want a classic style with a unique twist the hidden halo is the perfect choice. Shimmering diamonds line the underside of the stone giving a touch of sparkle that can be seen from all angles.
The criss cross shank on the Morgan oval engagement ring setting gives a contemporary modern feel to this elegant style. With a total diamond weight of 0.18ct, it offers the perfect amount of sparkle without being over the top.
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Halo settings are cleverly crafted to enhance the center stone and maximize brilliance, and this Idina style is no exception. Boost the radiance of your oval cut center stone with a sparkling halo featuring brilliant round diamonds. Constructed from rich 14K white gold, this 0.34ct cathedral style setting boasts a slim straight band trimmed with sparkling pavé diamonds.
Inspired by the Victorian era, the Chrystie three stone style features a unique diamond halo and rich blue pear shaped sapphire side stones that beautifully accent the oval center stone. Meticulous engraving runs along the front and sides of the shank exhibiting exceptional craftsmanship.
If you’re set on an oval for your engagement ring rest assured you’re making a great choice. This shape exudes glamour and elegance for a look that is both trendy and unique at the same time. To view these and more gorgeous oval settings for every budget click here. Or to create a custom oval setting made just for you, contact our talented customer service experts to help you build the ring of your dreams.