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Oval Engagement Rings

Combining outstanding craftsmanship with an understatedly elegant style, discover the beauty of our ethically sourced oval engagement rings. Find the perfect setting for you in your choice of precious metal, and pair it with a stunning conflict-free lab grown diamond or natural Canadian diamond.

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Advantages of oval cut diamond rings

With a distinctive and elegant look that works equally well in both modern and vintage designs, we have seen a huge increase in interest in oval cut diamond engagement rings in recent years. And while exuding timeless elegance, they  also offer some important advantages:

  • Brilliance and fire: The modern oval cut diamond features 57 or 58 facets (depending on whether the very bottom of the stone, the culet, is pointed or faceted), generating brilliance and fire that is comparable to that of round brilliant cut diamonds.
  • Appearance of size: Oval cut diamonds tend to look larger from above than round diamonds of the same carat weight.
  • Flattering to the finger: The elongated shape of the oval has a flattering effect on the hand, making fingers appear longer and more slender.
  • Considerations when choosing an oval diamond ring

How to choose an oval diamond engagement ring

When choosing an oval diamond engagement ring, here are the key things to look out for:

  • Proportions: the ideal proportions of an oval diamond are generally considered to be when the length of the stone is between 1.3 and 1.5 times its width. While to some degree this is simply a matter of personal preference, ovals with a length-to-width ratio greater than 1.5 are more likely to exhibit a more pronounced ‘bowtie effect’ (see below)
    Bowtie effect: like some other elongated diamond shapes (marquise and pear cuts for example), the oval cut can exhibit a shadowy area in the shape of a bowtie running across the centre of the stone when viewed from above. While virtually all oval diamonds have some degree of a bowtie, the visibility and prominence can vary, so be sure to check for this when choosing an oval engagement ring.
  • Cut: As there isn’t a consensus as to the optimal proportions for an oval diamond, a gemological certificate won’t normally include a cut grade, but there are a couple of things to look out for. Firstly, you should insist on very good or excellent symmetry and polish grades; and secondly, for optimal light performance, you should look for a table percentage between 52% and 64% and a depth percentage between 57% and 65%.
  • Settings: Oval diamonds look great in a wide range of settings, from simple solitaires through to ornate vintage-inspired designs. Ultimately, the best setting for you or your partner depends on personal taste and lifestyle, but always choose an engagement ring that will stand up well to a lifetime of daily wear. While extremely delicate bands and prongs may appeal visually, these reduce a ring's ability to withstand wear and tear and increase the risk of the diamond coming loose in the setting.

I honestly cannot recommend Ingle & Rhode enough

Ben and I knew that we wanted a conflict-free and ethical diamond, and we were so delighted to find Ingle & Rhode (and I was so glad to be part of the process...!) Ellie was so warm and helpful, and clearly passionate and knowledgeable about what she does – we really enjoyed meeting her on several occasions, and she responded to all our questions and requests quickly and with such consideration; we really felt that we were getting a bespoke, personal, 1:1 process. I am beyond delighted with my beautiful Aria ring with my stunning lab-grown diamond – I'm 6 weeks engaged, and still don't stop staring at it in all different lights. Thank you so much Ingle & Rhode - you made the world of difference to us in the months before getting engaged, and we have not stopped telling people about you since.

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Ingle & Rhode were exceptional throughout the whole process

I was purchasing an engagement ring, so I had a lot to learn. Their website is very useful and helps you build your own ring. I also had an appointment for initial discussions and consultations. They were great at talking through options, giving suggestions and advising on ring size. I work overseas and so the logistics were complicated but they were so flexible and helpful. Everything went well and the ring was even delivered to the house. Brilliant follow up service for additional questions and support. Beautiful products and great service.

Kieran Barnes
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Beautiful, ethical jewellery - can't recommend enough!

I am so glad that I found Ingle & Rhode when looking to buy my partner an engagement ring - they are superb, and the products are wonderful.

Buying an ethical ring was really important to my partner and I, and so I was immediately drawn in by Ingle & Rhode - unlike a lot of ethical jewellery companies, their rings are still very contemporary.. which was exactly what my partner wanted!

I had a couple of calls with Ellie during the process, who was so helpful - despite not having a great idea of what to go for, she was decisive and led me towards my own decisions; highly recommend speaking with the team, because they are wonderful (and lovely people too).

Can't recommend using Ingle & Rhode highly enough - my partner loved the ring that I chose, and we would definitely use them again for jewellery in the future.

Tom Gittens
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My experience from start to finish was superb

I have my dream ring which is my 10 year anniversary ring and its STUNNING I can’t stop looking at it. It took about 4 months from start to finish but so worth the wait. We had to find the right diamond and it then had to match my image I had in my head for the setting. From my first phone call to picking up the ring Ellie has been fantastic and very informative along the way. Hayley, the designer was so patient with me going back and forth on design and also had amazing ideas to really elevate the ring. The product and service is truly wonderful so much so I want to buy a new piece every year ( just have to convince the hubby ;) !! Well done team I&R

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Simply stunning!

I have just collected my beautiful bespoke ruby and diamond ring from Ingle & Rhode. The journey started with an email enquiry and a face to face meeting with Natalie, who was so helpful and talked through with me some ideas I already had. This ring isn't an engagement ring but more of a statement piece, and I knew that I wanted to find a product that fitted my ethical & environmental values. Hayley then took over with the design process which was so enjoyable, and I have loved watching and being involved with my ring slowly evolving from 6 initial designs. I was really happy with the final CAD artwork and now that it has been turned into the finished piece, it is simply stunning. I could not be happier with my purchase and would thoroughly recommend Ingle & Rhode to anyone looking for a bespoke design and ethical values for a special piece of jewellery, whatever the occasion. Thank you to the whole team!.

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The Bespoke Experience

If you’d like a ring that’s completely personal to you, then our bespoke design service is the perfect way to bring your vision to life. From the initial design process to the hand finishing by our master craftsmen, we’ll help you to create a uniquely ethical ring that’s right in every way.

  • From £1500
  • Design to delivery in 4-6 weeks
  • Complimentary sketches of potential designs to bring your unique ideas to life
  • Work one-to-one with an I&R designer to create a truly unique masterpiece

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The Jewellery Journey

Discover how your ring will be brought to life, from our designer’s hand-drawn sketches to the remarkable skills of our master craftsmen.

The Jewellery Journey

Discover how your ring will be brought to life, from our designer’s hand-drawn sketches to the remarkable skills of our master craftsmen.

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