Hi bee! This post is close to my heart because I did A TON of research on bow ties before I decided I wanted an oval! Disclaimer: this will be long.
Some ovals will have more prominent bow ties than others – it all depends on the cut of the stone. The better the cut, the less noticeable the bow tie. The other bees are right, you can’t 100% avoid having one, but the cut of the stone is truly what makes the difference!
SO! What determines the cut is a combination of polish and symmetry. You can see the polish/symmetry of your stone listed on James Allen, and also on your GIA cert, or you can look it up on the GIA website by searching your stone’s serial number (not sure about where to find it on the other types of diamond certs).
This is taken word-for-word from GIA (not trying to plagiarize lol!):
” – To qualify for an excellent cut grade, both polish and symmetry must be very good or excellent.
– To qualify for a very good cut grade, both polish and symmetry must be at least good.
– To qualify for a good cut grade, both polish and symmetry must be at least fair.
– To qualify for a fair cut grade, both polish and symmetry must be at least fair.
– A poor cut grade is assigned when either polish or symmetry is poor.”
So, the higher quality the cut grade, the less you will see a bow tie!
Below is a pic of mine, which is also from JA! My oval doesn’t have a noticeable bow tie at all. I can sometimes see a shadow, but only if I’m specifically looking for it. For reference, the cut is “excellent” (aka little or no bow tie). I hope this helps and wasn’t too boring! Finally I’m able to share all this research with someone else LOL!
Ultimately, remember that ONLY you will notice the bow tie in your diamond. The Bee is full of ladies that, like you and me, pay wayyyy more attention to diamonds than people in the real world do. So don’t worry about if people in your real life will notice it. They won’t. Only worry about if it bothers you enough to switch your stone! Good luck and let us know what you decide!!
PS – post a pic of your ring?! I would love to see another bee with an oval from JA!! ❤️