When you shop for an engagement ring or other diamond jewelry, you'll realize very quickly how expensive diamonds can be. Don't worry, though! A diamond's cut, shape, and setting all have an impact on its appearance, and there are ways to use these elements to get more diamond for your buck.
Put these techniques to work for you if you want to buy a diamond that looks larger than it really is.
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Choose a Halo Setting Diamond Ring
A halo setting adds an extra continuous surface of diamonds around your center diamond. These small diamonds expand the overall diameter of your ring and make your diamond appear larger.
It's difficult to distinguish these small individual stones, so a halo setting makes you think the jewelry has more--and larger--diamonds than it truly does. Keep in mind that diamond rings with intricate pavé halo settings can be expensive, so sometimes it's less costly to buy a larger diamond.
Shop for a Vintage Illusion Setting
A lot of vintage diamond rings from the 1940's are set in an illusion setting. Metal prongs are built up in a square shape to make round diamonds appear square in shape and larger than they really are.
Choose an Engagement Ring with Side Stones
Small diamonds set into the band on either side of a center stone will make the focal diamond look larger than if it the diamond was set in solitaire. Make sure the accent diamonds are small in scale for optimal impact.
Select a Bezel Set Diamond
Choose a diamond in a bezel setting, where a rim totally encircles the stone. The additional metal will add diameter to the diamond making it appear larger.
Learn About Shallow Cut Diamonds
You might be tempted to buy an engagement ring set with diamonds that are cut shallow--not as deep as they ideally should be. Shallow cut diamonds do appear larger than the same size stones with a more proportional cut, but what you gain in size you could lose in brilliance. Light traveling through a shallow cut tends to go out the back instead of bouncing off of the sides of the stone and back into your vision.
Opt for a White Gold or Platinum Setting
White gold or platinum will blend with and enhance a white diamond, making it appear larger. A yellow gold setting can throw a yellowish tint back onto the diamond.
Keep Your Diamond Clean
A clean diamond shines brighter and appears larger than a dirty, dingy one.
Pay Attention to Diamond Clarity
The better your diamond clarity, the more sparkle it will emit. The more sparkly your diamond is, the larger your diamond will appear.
Consider a Diamond Enhancer for Rings or Earrings
These are pieces of jewelry sold separately from your diamond ring or earrings. The earring enhancer is a thin halo setting the slides underneath your solitaire diamond earrings. Diamond enhancers for rings are essentially a cradle that you set your solitaire diamond ring into. It adds top and bottom interest to the solitaire, making the overall ring appear larger.
Use the Correct Proportions in the Setting
If your diamond is on the smaller side, make sure your setting doesn't have very thick bands. The thinner and more dainty the band, the more your center diamond will be the focal point. Keep your setting in proportion to the size of your diamond.
Choose a Thin Wedding Band
The same goes for wedding bands. If you have a very small diamond ring, don't mix it with a very thick wedding band with larger scaled diamonds. Keep it thin and simple with small pavé set diamonds.
Choose the Right Prongs on Solitaire Settings
Prongs should work to enhance your diamond's size, not take away from it. Six prong crown settings can make a diamond appear smaller. Opt for four prongs instead.
Check Out Invisible Set Diamond Jewelry
This jewelry is popular if you want a really big impact for less money. Princess cut diamonds are pressure set together so tightly that they appear to be one larger diamond. If that's the look you want, go for it, but keep in mind that these can be costly to repair if you lose a stone. With so many stones in each ring, it is much more probable that you will lose one.
Add One Diamond on Either Side
One accent diamond on either side of a center diamond makes a beautiful engagement ring. If you want the main stone to appear larger in a three stone ring, have the accent stones be half the size of the main stone.
We hope these tips helped you make the most of your diamond engagement ring and other diamond jewelry you may have. Make sure you continue reading more about saving money on diamonds and how you are destroying your jewelry.
Edited by: Lauren Thomann