by mikepele8 » Sep 3, 2004 I''m new to PS and have a question about oval diamonds and, of course, the bow-ties. Is the degree of the bow-tie effect something that can only be judged by seeing the diamond? Or, can I make an educated "guess" based on the figures I''m provided with? For example, it would seem to me that an oval that is cut more like a round (i.e., have a L/W ratio on the lower end (1.35 maybe?) should exhibit less of a bow-tie? Is there any truth to this, or should I not proceed with the purchase of an oval diamond w/o first seeing it? Obviously, underlying this entire question is my reluctance to rely on jewelers who have reassured me that the bow-tie effect is "minimal" only to discover otherwise. Thanks to all.