Oval shaped diamonds fall under category of Modified Brilliant Cut with 58 facets. Variation in the pavilion is allowed with 4, 6 or 8 pavilion main facets. In terms of brilliance and fire, oval shaped diamonds are comparable with round shaped diamonds. So, it can be a good option when someone wants fire of round shape but with some unique touch. A good healthy ratio for length to width ranges from 1.33 to 1.66. Like most fancy shaped diamonds, oval shaped diamonds can also suffer from the Bow-tie Effect. When the diamond is not cut properly then a bow-tie shaped shadow appears on diamond which is easily visible through unaided eye. It adversely affects the overall brilliance and clarity of diamond. In terms of price, oval cut diamonds are slightly less expensive than round brilliant cut diamonds, due to less wastage in the cutting process.
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