Why Perth is known as the oval diamond capital of the world

Kim Kardashian may be the fashion icon of the family, but her oldest sister Kourtney Kardashian is setting the trend for engagement rings.

When her Blink 182 rocker beau Travis Barker popped the question last October with a huge oval-cut diamond he designed with a jeweler to the stars, Lorraine Schwartz — whose clients include Beyonce and Kim — reported on the proposal, the ring and who would be at the wedding was everywhere.

Why Perth is known as the oval diamond capital of the world

A few months later, Kravis is married twice, and couples worldwide look to replicate the look.

And it’s not just the reality star who has sported an oval-cut starlet with the likes of Hailey Beiber, Serena Williams, Ariana Grande, Blake Lively — whose solitaire-encrusted oval pink diamond was also designed by Schwartz — and Kate Middleton — whose oval-cut sapphire was previously owned by Princess Diana – flashy with their bling.

Camera icon Hailey Beiber shows off her engagement ring. Credit: Instagram

Even Nicola Peltz debuted a new oval engagement ring at the Met Gala earlier this month, unlike the emerald-cut ring she wore when she announced her engagement to Brooklyn Beckham in July 2020.

Camera icon Brooklyn Beckham left, and Nicola Peltz at the Met Gala. Credit: Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Closer to-home fitness influencer Tammy Hembrow and Eloise Colyer – the wife of Fremantle Dockers midfielder Travis – also favor the unique cut.

Camera iconEloise Colyer’s engagement ring. Credit: Instagram

Granted, not everyone has the same amount of cash to splash on some bling — Kourtney’s ring can reach 15 carats with an estimated value of over $1 million — but oval-cut diamonds have never been more popular.

Diamond Collective co-founders Payrs McClean and Kate Skinner have “lined up some numbers” and said oval-cut engagement rings make up 60 percent of sales at their Perth showroom — where they operate their custom jewelry business.

Camera IconParys McClean and Kate Skinner of Diamond Collective. Credit: Included

“We joke all the time that we’re going to rename our company to the Oval Collective because it’s just gone wild,” McClean told AAA.

“Especially the last two years, everything has been oval, oval. Everyone wants a large oval diamond.”

The pair have 15 years of experience in the diamond industry and said that “the influence of celebrities always pushes the jewelry or fashion industry”.

“Because celebrity rings are more accessible to us now, we see them all the time,” McClean said. “People want that look for themselves, and an oval is a great way to do that.”

Camera IconDiamond Collective has seen a demand for oval-cut diamonds. Credit: Supplied Sum Effect

Oval cuts have the brilliance of the round diamond with a “nice large spread”.

“I think this trend is very similar to something in Perth, WA because when you talk to other people in the industry or other countries, they still see round and all the different shapes too, but in Perth, we’re just oval crazy, Skinner added.

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