Oval diamonds, because they are cut in the same manner as a round diamond, have a remarkable brilliance just with a more unique shape. Although this shape is a more recent cut, invented in the mid-1900s, it has already become a classic and often selected diamond shape for engagement rings. An oval diamond is stunning in a solitaire engagement ring setting but often is flanked by other diamonds. Even and symmetrical, the oval diamond when set north south has the similar effect of a marquise diamond because the oval's elongated shape gives the illusion of length to the hand, resulting in slender-looking fingers.
If you are seeking a bold unique look, an east west diamond engagement ring setting, or sideways setting, creates a completely different style of engagement ring.
A modified brilliant cut diamond is a variation on the traditional round shape. It falls under the category of fancy cut diamonds, with modified brilliant cut diamonds being the most popular due to the variety of shapes available.