How to Photograph an Oval Diamond Ring

Equipment - GemLightbox Turntable
Retouching style
Retouching style - Not retouched
Jewelry type
Jewelry type - Rings
Camera - Smartphone
Photo or video
Photo or video - Video

Learn how to photograph an oval diamond ring in this step-by-step guide using the GemLightbox, but first, let’s get to know more about how oval cut diamonds enter the jewelry scene.

The Oval Diamond

Lazare Kaplan, the popular Russian-born diamond cutter, created the modern oval cut in 1957. With his cutting skills and talents, Kaplan created an oval cut stone with 56 to 58 facets. He observed that while such a cut was not easy to achieve, it was a major development in the diamond cutting industry, noting that it produced more brilliance than other fancy diamond cuts and made the diamond appear larger than its round-cut counterparts.

Advantages of oval cut diamonds

Oval diamonds have several advantages that made it one of the most coveted diamond cuts by customers.

  • Oval cut diamonds enhance the finger of the wearer and elongate shorter fingers.
  • It is less expensive than its round counterpart with a brilliance that can rival the latter.
  • It is feminine, sleek, and modern.
  • It is versatile and less traditional.
  • It is elegant and romantic.

Now that you know your oval cut diamond, let’s get to one of the most exciting parts about diamonds — photographing them!

Okay, maybe it’s not as exciting as you experienced it to be, especially if you’re not a professional photographer, but photographing them doesn’t have to be rocket science. Sometimes all you need is the right equipment because whether you admit or not, photographing jewelry in a digital jewelry world is inevitable and high-quality results are the only standard.

So, let’s get to the good part!

Here are your 5-step guide on photographing an oval diamond ring with your smartphone and the GemLightbox.


Step 1. Plug in the GemLightbox, turn on the power and remove the front reflector cover.

How to photograph an oval diamond ring

To set up the GemLightbox, connect the power cord, and turn on the power button on the side of the box. Once it’s powered, remove the front reflector cover.


Step 2. Put the oval diamond ring inside the GemLightbox, on top of the GemLightbox turntable.

Put the oval diamond ring into the center of the GemLightbox

Make sure that the oval diamond ring is centered. This is especially important when taking a 360-degree video. Positioning them in the center ensures that it stays in place and not carried farther away from the center when the turntable rotates.

To connect the turntable, simply get the white cord and plug it in on the right-hand side of the turntable. Then, plug in the other end of the cord into the power socket inside the right-hand side of the GemLightbox.

Don’t forget to put back the front reflector cover once everything is set.


Step 3. Place your smartphone on the holder and go to the GemLightbox app.

Open the GemLightbox app

Put your smartphone on the smartphone holder and open the GemLightbox app. We used iPhone XS to photograph this oval cut diamond ring. The GemLightbox is compatible with any smartphone, so you can use whatever phone you have in your pocket.

Further, the GemLightbox app is available to download on both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store.

After downloading, open the GemLightbox app and sign in or sign up if you haven’t registered yet. Once you’re signed in, connect the GemLightbox directly via Bluetooth. Ensure that the Bluetooth setting is enabled on your phone to connect successfully.

When you’re ready, go to the camera or the video mode for 360 videos.


Step 4. Make final adjustments.

Make final adjustment

It’s time to make final adjustments. You can move your phone sideways until the subject is centered on the screen. Then, tap your phone screen to focus and adjust the brightness level as desired.


Step 5. Click to capture!

Click to capture images or videos fo your oval diamond ring

If you’re capturing still images, simply click to capture. Otherwise, hit ‘record’ to start recording your 360-degree video.

Remember to click ‘save’ after photographing or shooting. The images and videos will be saved to the GemLightbox app gallery. From here, you can directly post them to your social media pages.

There is no photo retouching required.

Watch the video below to see how exactly we did it in just one click.

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