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The world of engagement ring trends is in a constant state of flux. New stones and styles frequently replace old cuts and designs. From fancy light yellow diamonds to elegant vintage settings - these trends keep disappearing from the public eye. But every few years, there’s one outstanding trend that sets the internet ablaze and sends netizens into a frenzy. 

In 2021, it’s the growing trend of oval engagement rings. According to Google Trends, there’s been a sudden spike in the number of searches for “oval engagement rings”. Also, it’s been the most searched engagement ring style throughout the year.

So, what’s all the fuss about oval-cut diamonds? Are they worth the hype, or simply another trend that’s waiting to be replaced? How did the fascination for oval engagement rings even start? In this post, we’ll delve deeper into the growing popularity of oval-cut engagement rings, and find out whether they’re worth your attention. Let’s get started.


kate middletone hand with princess diana's engagement ring

The Oval Engagement Ring Trend: How It All Began?

Oval-cut diamonds and gemstones aren’t a new phenomenon per se. They’ve been around for decades and briefly grabbed the spotlight when Princess Diana flaunted her gorgeous sapphire engagement ring. They even made a comeback when Princess Diana’s engagement ring was passed on to Kate Middleton in 2011. Designed by Garrard, the ring features a captivating 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire nestled in a halo of 14 dainty diamonds. The center stone is set on a minimalist 18-carat white gold band.

Then there was Blake Lively’s engagement ring gifted by her Deadpool-star husband Ryan Reynolds. The “Gossip Girl” star’s glistening bauble, comprising a massive pink oval diamond with a hidden halo, is worth nearly $2 million. Lively’s engagement ring became a flagbearer of the colored diamond trend too. Fancy intense yellow, blush pink, and blue diamonds, such as the ones showcased in the new collection by Leibish, exude grace and opulence.

However, the latest furor over oval engagement rings can be attributed to Poosh founder Kourtney Kardashian. The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” alum got engaged to Blink-182 drummer Travis Scott in the most romantic setting at Montecito, California. As the couple broke the news on Instagram, Kardashian’s sparkler quickly had netizens gasping for breath.

Barker worked with celebrity jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz to create a timeless oval engagement ring for his reality TV star girlfriend. Featuring a 12-carat oval-cut diamond set on a sleek pave diamond band, the ring is estimated to cost a whopping $1 million. As netizens continue to get smitten by Kardashian’s ring, the renewed interest in “oval engagement rings” will continue to grow.


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Adding Fuel to the Fire

Soon after Barker popped the question, another member of the Kardashian Klan was spotted with an oval diamond ring. Kylie Jenner took to Instagram to share a picture of the gorgeous ring her baby daddy Travis Scott had gifted her.

Then theater star Kristin Chenoweth got engaged to her musician boyfriend Josh Bryant in late October. Unlike the Kardashian rings, Chenoweth’s engagement ring boasts not one, but three bedazzling oval-cut diamonds. Also, it’s got four sapphires and 58 additional diamonds.

With so many celebrities rocking oval-cut diamonds on their fingers with elan, the trend is here to stay.

What’s So Special About Oval Engagement Rings?

To begin with, oval diamonds and gemstones give you the maximum bling for your buck. Owing to the larger surface area, these stones appear to be bigger than round or princess-cut diamonds of the same carat. Also, they accentuate your hands by creating an illusion of long and sleek fingers. They’re great for enhancing the size and appeal of your engagement ring without blowing your budget.

Oval diamond or gemstone rings are also ideal for brides-to-be who want to ditch the traditional princess or cushion cut, but still need something timeless. The unique oval shape is a symbol of creative freedom and independence. It highlights your unique style and personality. That’s the reason oval-cut diamonds have made their way into the hands of a plethora of celebrities - from Ariana Grande and Hailey Beiber to Amber Rose and Jasmine Tookes.

With so many style icons vouching for oval engagement rings, it’s one trend that won’t fizzle out anytime soon. So, if you’re expecting your partner to propose shortly, you know what hints to drop. Also, you could check out the new collection by Leibish to find more inspiration for engagement ring styles and designs.

Lots of love,
Liz