The Oval shaped diamond is a variation of the Round Brilliant cut. The most common reason for a diamond cutter to use an oval shape rather than a circular one, is to retain the maximum diamond weight. While it runs the risk of affecting the diamond's brilliance, this shape gives a more elongated look to a ring and the finger it's on.
The Oval belongs to the Round-Edge Fancies cut type and features 57 facets throughout the stone. Common variations of the Oval cut are Oval Brilliant, Oval Modified Brilliant, Oval Mixed Cut, and Oval Step Cut.
Below you can view a gallery of different Oval shape diamonds in the many styles they appear:
Among the world's most famous diamonds you can find the following Oval shaped diamonds:
The Steinmetz Pink, a 59.60 carat, Fancy Vivid Pink, Internally Flawless (IF), The Nur-Ul-Ain, a 60ct Pale Pink and The Chopard Chameleon, a 31.31ct Chameleon (the largest Chameleon in the world).
The Steinmetz Pink, 59.60ct Vivid Pink Oval
Learn more about other common Diamond shapes: