The result of hundreds of hours of research and comparing is finally in and I can share with you what I deem to be the best places to buy oval diamonds. This is mainly if you are interested in making your purchase online rather than in person. Although I do have a recommendation elsewhere on this website as to the where to look for the best deals on oval diamonds if you want to go to a place in person, this article’s aim is to help you if you are interested in buying your diamond jewelry via a website.
Today’s article will be showcasing a jeweler that provides a very useful service when it comes to buying oval shape diamonds. As explained in more detail below oval shape diamonds come in many different ratios. Some ratios are better than others. The jeweler I am showcasing in this article sorts through the higher quality diamonds held by manufacturers and only allows the ones that meet his strict criteria for optimum ratios to be listed on his website. This jeweler is none other than Brian Gavin.
Brian Gavin Diamonds has been chosen to be showcased as one of the best places to buy oval diamonds for a number of reasons. Primarily this online jeweler demonstrates the highest level of care in every aspect of jewelry and diamond production as well as in the area of customer service. Brian Gavin himself is a fifth generation diamond cutter. This is an advantage which shows in every aspect and is consequently appreciated by the many happy recipients of Brian Gavin jewelry.
The oval diamonds listed on Brian Gavin Diamonds’ website have been selected because they meet the strict criteria set by Brian Gavin.
Diamonds and jewelry within their virtual selection have been chosen because they meet Brian’s strict Select quality standards. These are diamonds that exhibit outstanding cut, color and clarity as demonstrated by their light performance.
These select stones represent the optimum balance between performance and value.
Oval Diamond Buying Tips
There is a range of ratios to choose from when it comes to oval shape diamonds. The optimum ratio is somewhere around 1.5 : 1, though it’s quite unheard of to actually find a diamond that is exactly this ratio. The range most people find pleasing is between 1.3:1 and 1.7:1.
The choice though in the end comes down to personal taste. If you see a shape you like take note of its length to width ratio. Calculating the length to width ratio of a fancy shape diamond such as an oval diamond is very easy. Simply divide the length by the width. These numbers will be found on the diamond’s grading report. Unfortunately the grading reports do not include the calculated ratio. Grading reports will show you three numbers in millimeters. The largest number is the diamond’s length, the smallest number will be the diamond’s depth. This leaves the middle sized number as the diamond’s width.
Here we have an oval diamond listed on Brian Gavin Diamonds website.
The measurements are shown to be 7.38 x 5.30 x 2.94. These are all in millimeters.
The smallest of these three numbers is 2.94 and this is the diamond’s depth.
The largest is the length, since it is an oval diamond after all, this makes sense.
Divide 7.38 by 5.30 and we get 1.39.
The length to width ratio is therefore shown to be a very acceptable 1.39:1. This is the kind of high quality offerings we can expect to find at Brian Gavin Diamonds.
Oval diamonds exhibit a unique effect called the bow-tie effect. It is a cute little optical effect created by differences in refraction. This occurs at the junction point in the middle of the diamond. The bow-tie effect is somewhat reduced and therefore less obvious in diamonds with the above specified optimum length to width ratios that also have a depth anywhere between 58% to 68%.