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Oval engagement rings are one of the most coveted diamond shapes on the market and will continue to be a top engagement ring trend in 2023. From taking over social media feeds to gracing celebrity fingers of the likes of Hailey Bieber, Ariana Grande and Blake Lively, ovals are dominating the engagement scene (and couples have certainly taken note). According to The Knot 2022 Jewelry and Engagement Study, oval engagement rings are continuing to grow in popularity, increasing from 2% in 2015 to 21% in 2022.
Dreaming about sporting an oval sparkler on your finger? We're here to help you make an informed decision (with lots of examples to make it easier). From what to look for in an oval engagement ring to the average cost, we've tapped experts to answer your most-asked questions. But that's not all—we're also sharing our go-to oval styles, including solitaire, halo, three-stone options and more.
In this article:
- Frequently Asked Questions about Oval Engagement Rings
- Oval Solitaire Engagement Rings
- Simple Oval Engagement Rings
- Three-Stone Oval Engagement Rings
- Even More Oval Engagement Rings
Frequently Asked Questions about Oval Engagement Rings
Have questions about the oval-cut? We've got answers. We've tapped two engagement ring experts to share their insights as you shop for your dream ring.
What is an oval engagement ring and what does it symbolize?
"An oval engagement ring is one where the primary stone being used is of an oval shape," says Eva Zuckerman, co-founder and creative director of Eva Fehren. "To me, an oval-shaped diamond is very romantic and symbolizes the circularity and fullness that one's life takes on when you've found your partner for life."
What should you look for in an oval stone engagement ring?
With this elongated cut, each oval stone looks slightly different. "Proportion is very important in an engagement ring with an oval stone," explains Zuckerman. "You want a stone that sits squarely in the center of your finger and that isn't too long—one that compliments the shape of your finger and doesn't overwhelm it."
Also, due to their specific shape, oval diamonds will always have a "bow tie" across the middle. But you should "avoid an obvious 'bow tie' in the stone," says Greg Kwiat, CEO of Kwiat and Fred Leighton. "A bowtie describes the visual effect where the diamond shows darkness across its center due to its angles and faceting," he adds. "Instead, you should look for a diamond that is bright and brilliant throughout."
Oval diamonds can span a range of carat sizes, from more modest 1-carat stones to 3-carat stunners. We've pulled some examples to give you an idea of what each carat size looks like (along with shoppable picks, of course).
1-Carat Oval Engagement Rings
2-Carat Oval Engagement Rings
3-Carat Oval Engagement Rings
How much does an oval engagement ring cost?
According to The Knot 2022 Jewelry and Engagement Study, the average cost of an engagement ring in 2022 remained at about $6,000. Like any other type of engagement ring style, the cost of an oval-cut diamond sparkler depends on a few factors, including the carat weight, type of metal and style of the setting. "The four C's—color, cut, clarity and carat weight are the cornerstones of pricing for all diamond rings. That said, the more ornate the setting and the more work it takes to build will affect the final price of the ring too," Zuckerman adds.
Additionally, "the intricacy of the ring design and the addition of other diamonds or gemstones on the band can also increase the cost," adds Kwiat. "Platinum is a premium metal that might be slightly more expensive than white gold, but it is well worth the cost when it comes to long-term durability and beauty."
Natural stones (mined from beneath the surface of the earth) cost more than lab-created diamonds (grown in a laboratory). But you also have diamond alternatives (like moissanite and cubic zirconia) and non-diamond engagement rings (like colored gemstones) that are more affordable.
Oval Solitaire Engagement Rings
An oval solitaire is a classic engagement ring choice if you're going for a clean, minimalist vibe. A streamlined band also means that all eyes will be on the oval center stone. Check out these oval solitaire options for every style.
Oui by Jean Dousset Colette Solitaire Engagement Ring in 18-Karat Yellow Gold
For an elegant silhouette with a modern touch, opt for this solitaire oval engagement ring with a 18-karat yellow gold band. This lab-grown stunner even has smaller pavé diamonds set underneath the center stone for a hint of sparkle.
VRAI The Signature Oval Engagement Ring in Platinum
Made to sit low on your finger and flush with your wedding band, this oval engagement ring is another excellent solitaire pick. Choose a plain or pavé band made from platinum or 18-karat yellow, rose or white gold.
Tiffany & Co. Oval-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum
Simple yet radiant, all eyes will be on your ring finger when you sport this oval-cut diamond engagement ring. The elongated oval shape pairs beautifully with the delicate platinum band. On the bottom of the page, you can customize the carat weight, clarity and color of your diamond.
Eva Fehren Delphine With White Diamonds and Bevel Detail in 18-Karat Yellow Gold
For an unexpected twist on the traditional diamond solitaire engagement ring, consider this unique bevel style. This oval engagement ring has a sparkling 0.72 ct white solitaire diamond paired with a bevel gold band, creating a seriously chic feel.
Catbird Wedding The Swan Oval Solitaire in 14-Karat Rose Gold
For a sustainable option, this oval solitaire features a recycled oval brilliant-cut clear diamond on a sleek rose gold band. The best part is that you can layer it with an embellished wedding band—or keep it simple with a streamlined design.
Oval Halo Engagement Rings
For maximum sparkle, you can go with a halo engagement ring with an oval-shaped center stone. A halo-style setting is when the diamond is set in a halo (or two) of sparkling stones. Halos are often accompanied by an embellished band, but you can also opt for a minimalist style. Here are some of our favorite single and double oval engagement rings to shop now.
Grown Brilliance Oval Lab Grown Diamond Double Shank Halo Engagement Ring in 14-Karat Yellow Gold
At the center of this impressive double halo engagement ring sits an oval-cut diamond surrounded by round brilliant diamond embellishments. But that's not all—the double shank pavé band adds even more shimmer to this striking masterpiece.
With Clarity Oval Cathedral Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold
This oval-cut halo engagement ring is simply elegant with a surprise detail. It's set in a cathedral setting, which further elevates the diamond, making it appear larger and brighter.
Shane Co. Double Halo Traditional Natural Sapphire Engagement Ring in White Gold
Featuring a deep blue gem beloved by royals, the oval-shaped sapphire center stone is the highlight of this double-halo engagement ring. The setting is embellished with 84 round natural diamonds on a shimmering pavé-set 14-karat white gold band. That's a whole lot of sparkle.
Brilliant Earth Soleil Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in 18-Karat White Gold
Here's another halo oval diamond engagement ring that will earn tons of attention. In this statement-making style, you'll find scalloped pavé diamonds on the double halo that surrounds the center diamond. It even has a diamond-adorned gallery for even more shimmer.
Oui by Jean Dousset Eloise Seamless Halo® Engagement Ring in Rose Gold
Our favorite part about this oval engagement ring is the hidden element that makes it ultra-special between you and your partner. Aside from the glittering oval diamond and refined pavé design, you can choose a signature gemstone that will be hidden under the center stone for your eyes only.
Simple Oval Engagement Rings
If you're set on buying a minimalist engagement ring, then you'll be pleased to know that there are a ton of pared down oval styles that fall under this category. From trendy toi et moi stunners to delicate east-west designs, these modern and classic rings prove that less is more.
Oscar Massin Tiare Engagement Ring in 18-Karat Yellow Gold
Without any side stones, this simple oval design is all about the center stone and unique eight-prong setting. To accompany the climate-neutral lab-grown diamond, choose either a high-polish or pavé band, depending on your preference.
Miadonna Fleur Toi et Moi Fleur Ring Oval 1.85ct and Emerald 2.0ct Diamond Hybrid (RTS) in 14-Karat Recycled Yellow Gold
We're simply obsessed with toi et moi designs (they're one of our trending 2023 engagement ring styles, after all). This two-stone oval diamond engagement ring combines two of our favorite shapes, oval and emerald, into one elegant package.
Melanie Casey Whisper Ring with Pavé Band in 14-Karat White Gold
Keep things simple and go for a clean oval-cut diamond cradled in a six-prong open basket setting. The 14-karat solid yellow, white or rose gold band is lined with twenty pavé set round white diamonds, with ten on each side of the center stone.
Aether X Shahla Oval Wide Side Set Rivet Engagement Ring in 14-Karat Yellow Gold
Handmade in 14-karat yellow gold, this simple engagement ring features an oval-cut east-west diamond on a chunky band. Choosing an east-west setting is the perfect way to make your ring stand out from the rest.
VRAI The Five Stone Band in 18-Karat Yellow Gold
If you don't care so much for having a center stone, another great option is an oval-embellished engagement band. This polished five-stone piece in 18-karat yellow gold feels just as classic and celebratory for your engagement. Plus, it would look incredible stacked with just about any wedding band.
Three-Stone Oval Engagement Rings
What's better than one diamond? Three, of course. Enhance your engagement ring by choosing a style with multiple diamonds, ensuring your ring will sparkle from all angles. You can choose an oval center stone accented with smaller ovals or a completely different shape, like a round brilliant, emerald, marquise and more. The choice is yours, so pick the three-stone style that you absolutely love.
Kwiat Engagement Ring with an Oval Diamond and Pear Side Stones in Platinum
We have one word to describe this handcrafted three-stone oval engagement ring: breathtaking. An oval-cut stone shines brightly at the center and is flanked by two pear-shaped side stones. The sleek platinum band is the finishing touch to this sparkler.
Catbird Jennie Kwon Diamond Oval Round Ring in 14-Karat Yellow Gold
With a brilliant-cut oval diamond, this three-stone diamond engagement ring style has a delicate (and vintage) feel. It's available in 14-karat yellow gold and has two round diamonds to accompany the oval center stone.
Jean Dousset Chelsea Three-Stone Engagement Ring in Platinum
This distinct oval three-stone diamond engagement ring, with an oval-cut center stone and two half-moon side stones, invokes vintage flair. Meanwhile, the gallery is glistening with even more diamonds. Although pictured in platinum, the setting is also available in 18-karat white, yellow or rose gold.
Brilliant Earth Luxe Rhiannon Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring Carat Oval Diamond in 18-Karat Yellow Gold
Two emerald-cut diamonds alongside an oval diamond center stone create this three-stone setting's elegant vibe. In addition from your choice of material (18-karat white, rose or yellow gold, or platinum) you can select the diamond's carat size and weight, depending on your preference and budget.
Dana Rebecca Designs Three-Stone Oval Engagement Ring in 14-Karat White Gold
To round out our three-stone oval engagement ring picks, we had to include one of our favorite styles for last. The product description describes this oval sparkler as "glamorous and classic," thanks to the sparkly oval-cut diamond, pear-shaped side stones and polished cathedral-style setting.
Even More Oval Engagement Rings
Featuring everything from diamond alternatives like gemstones and moissanite to one-of-a-kind bands, we're including even more oval-cut engagement rings for you to sort through. You're welcome!
Mociun Vera Ring in 18-Karat Yellow Gold
Not only does this unique oval engagement ring have an east-west setting, but it sits between multiple-sized round side stones set in a vintage-inspired gold band. How unique is that?
Katkim Oval Diamond Trace Oval Diamond Trace Ring in Yellow Gold
Twisty and curvy, you'll get tons of "oohs and ahhs" when family and friends set their eyes on this oval engagement trace ring. The showstopping oval center stone is elegantly nestled within a fluid diamond-adorned gold band. Don't want the extra embellishments? It's also available in a plain version, too.
Gemist The Oval in Emerald
Who says you have to rock a diamond? There are plenty of other alternatives that are just as beautiful. Just take this oval halo engagement ring with a bright Emerald green center stone. Best of all, you can customize this ring to suit your exact needs, including the stone type, carat size, setting and more.
Ashley Zhang Oval Rose-Cut Augustine Ring in 14-Karat Yellow Gold
There's something so special about old-fashioned rings, including this particular oval engagement ring. It has a rose-shaped diamond set in a six-prong setting. Another cool fact? The shank was modeled after an antique ring from the Victorian era.
Charles & Colvard Oval Forever One Moissanite Solitaire with Side Accents Engagement Ring in 14-Karat White Gold
Moissanite is another cost-effective option that is typically more affordable than a mined or lab-grown stone. This oval moissanite ring is flanked by smaller accent stones and smaller brilliant-cut diamonds on the shoulders for a timeless look.