1.2 Carat Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm) vs. 1.5 Carat Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm)

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1.2 ct Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm) 1.5 ct Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm)
Cutting style
Modified brilliant
Modified brilliant
Weight
1.2 ct
1.5 ct
Measurements
8.12×5.41×3.3 mm
9.29×6.19×3.78 mm
Total depth
61% OK
61.1% OK
L/W ratio
1.5
1.5
Face-up size
Borderline
Adequate
 
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Before purchasing a diamond, one should make sure it looks its weight. It's important to understand that carat weight does not equal face-up size.

Two diamonds of exactly the same weight (and shape) can vary quite considerably in face-up size. This depends on the proportions of the cut (e.g., deep cuts will face up smaller).

Here you can see the actual sizes of 1.2ct Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm) and 1.5ct Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm) as they would appear on a ring and finger.

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Face-up area
36.02 mm²  (±5%)
47.15 mm²  (±5%)
Face-up area is a measure of the size of the diamond when viewed from the top (as set in a ring).

It tells you how big the diamond is at the girdle plane. It's important for a diamond to have sufficient face-up size for its carat weight.
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1.2ct Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm)
1.5ct Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm)
Difference: 11.13mm² (31%)
1.5 carat Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm) has approx. 31% more top surface area than 1.2 carat Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm).
Face-up area per carat
30.02 mm²/ct
31.43 mm²/ct
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Quick Buying Guide

1.2ct Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm)
1.5ct Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm)
Min. clarity
SI or better
SI or better
Min. color (platinum solitaire)
I+
I+
Depth percentage
59 - 65%
59 - 65%
Table percentage
53 - 62%
53 - 62%
Length-to-width ratio
1.25 - 1.65
1.25 - 1.65
Min. polish/symmetry
Good or better
Good or better
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Additional Info

1.2ct Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm)
1.5ct Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm)
Face-up size
A bit small for 1.2 carat Oval
Normal for 1.5 carat Oval
Facets
usually 58
usually 58
Length
8.12 mm
9.29 mm
Width
5.41 mm
6.19 mm
Depth
3.3 mm
3.78 mm
Gram weight
0.24 g (0.0085 ounces)
0.3 g (0.0106 ounces)
Points
120 pts
150 pts
Volume
68.18 mm³
85.23 mm³


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Depth percentage for 1.2 carat Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm)

Depth percentage of Oval cut is the ratio of the total depth (measured from table to culet) to its width. The total depth percentage of this diamond is 61%, which is OK. (Recommended depth percentage for Ovals is between 59% and 65%)

Depth percentage for ovals is calculated with the following formula:
Depth % = (total depth ÷ width) × 100

1.2 carat Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm) depth %:
Total depth: 3.3 mm
Width = 5.41 mm
Depth % = (3.3 ÷ 5.41 ) × 100 = 61%

Depth percentage for 1.5 carat Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm)

Depth percentage of Oval cut is the ratio of the total depth (measured from table to culet) to its width. The total depth percentage of this diamond is 61.1%, which is OK. (Recommended depth percentage for Ovals is between 59% and 65%)

Depth percentage for ovals is calculated with the following formula:
Depth % = (total depth ÷ width) × 100

1.5 carat Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm) depth %:
Total depth: 3.78 mm
Width = 6.19 mm
Depth % = (3.78 ÷ 6.19 ) × 100 = 61.1%

About Depth Percentage
Depth percentage is one of the most important measurements as it plays a critical role in diamond's appearance. If a diamond is cut too deep or too shallow, light leaks out, making the stone less brilliant and fiery. Deep cuts also add hidden weight.

Diamonds that fall out of recommended depth range are generally less desirable and usually best to be avoided.


Face-up size evaluation for 1.2 carat Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm)

The face-up size of this 1.2 carat Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm) is slightly out of normal range for 1.2ct diamonds of this shape. Compared to 1.2 carat Oval reference diamond, this diamond appears a bit too small when viewed from the top, which means it's probably a borderline chubby.

A chubby is a diamond with hidden extra weight that looks smaller than it should when viewed from the top. Hidden weight is typically a result of a poor cut usually linked to oversized girdle, deeper pavilion, and/or steeper crown.

In order to maximize profits, diamond cutters tend to retain as much weight from the rough as possible. This practice, however, can have detrimental effects on the stone's face-up size and its optical qualities. Poorly proportioned stones look duller and sparkle less than well cut stones. Chubby stones also look smaller.

The bottom line: One should never sacrifice beauty for weight. You probably don't want to pay for extra weight that doesn't add anything to the beauty. You want a stone that looks its weight. This 1.2ct Oval looks like a well cut 1ct.

1.2 carat Oval reference diamond

Since there are no specific ideal proportions defined for Oval cuts, an estimation formula is used to calculate the Oval reference diamond.
Parameters:
Weight: 1.2ct
Depth: 61%
L/W ratio: 1.5
 
Calculated values:
Length: 8.63 mm
Width: 5.75 mm
Depth: 3.51 mm
*Est. face-up area: 40.69 mm²
Note: Oval diamonds with face-up area of within 9% lower and 12% higher than reference Oval diamond area are considered to be of adequate face-up size.
* Estimated Face-up area: Face-up area of Oval cuts is only an estimation (±5%). Due to uniqueness of each stone, it's impossible to accurately calculate face-up area given only a diamond's measurements.
To learn more about diamond size evaluation, click here.


Face-up size evaluation for 1.5 carat Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm)

The face-up size of this 1.5 carat Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm) is within the normal range for 1.5ct diamonds of this shape. Compared to 1.5ct Oval reference diamond (see below), this diamond is of adequate size when viewed from the top.

Diamonds are sold by weight (carats), but it's important to understand that weight doesn't equally translate into physical size, especially spread. Two diamonds of the same carat weight can vary greatly in spread, meaning that one diamond can appear larger than the other, even though they weight exactly the same.

Proper face-up size should play an important role when buying a diamond. When a diamond is set in a ring, your eyes will only see the face-up area, so you should make sure it's of adequate size. You probably don't want a 1.5 carat Oval that looks like a poorly cut 1.35ct.

The bottom line: A diamond must look its weight. This one does.

1.5 carat Oval reference diamond

Since there are no specific ideal proportions defined for Oval cuts, an estimation formula is used to calculate the Oval reference diamond.
Parameters:
Weight: 1.5ct
Depth: 61%
L/W ratio: 1.5
 
Calculated values:
Length: 9.29 mm
Width: 6.19 mm
Depth: 3.78 mm
*Est. face-up area: 47.15 mm²
Note: Oval diamonds with face-up area of within 9% lower and 12% higher than reference Oval diamond area are considered to be of adequate face-up size.
* Estimated Face-up area: Face-up area of Oval cuts is only an estimation (±5%). Due to uniqueness of each stone, it's impossible to accurately calculate face-up area given only a diamond's measurements.
To learn more about diamond size evaluation, click here.


Face-up Area per Carat

Face-up area per carat is calculated by dividing face-up area of the diamond with its carat weight. It tells you how many square millimeters of the top surface area a diamond is showing or would show for 1 carat weight. This can be useful when comparing stones of similar weights as it tells you how much spread per carat you will get.

Note: Face-up size does not linearly grow with carat weight, which means the heavier the stone, the smaller its face-up area per carat (e.g., 1ct stone will have higher face-up area per carat than 2ct stone).

Face-up area per carat for 1.2ct Oval (8.12×5.41×3.3mm):
Top surface area = 36.02 mm²
Weight = 1.2ct

Face-up area per carat = 36.02 ÷ 1.2 = 30.02mm²/ct

Face-up area per carat for 1.5ct Oval (9.29×6.19×3.78mm):
Top surface area = 47.15 mm²
Weight = 1.5ct

Face-up area per carat = 47.15 ÷ 1.5 = 31.43mm²/ct

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