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A common misconception about diamond rings is that the bigger the diamond, the more sparkle it has. Actually, the size of the diamond has very little to do with its shine factor; rather the strategic cut of the diamond is what helps it appear larger and shinier.  A small yet well-cut diamond will shine brighter than any diamond of a bigger size that is cut poorly and carelessly.

If you’re looking for a way to make your diamond shine bigger and brighter, then you’ve come to the right place! We have some tips for you on how to accentuate the true beauty and craftsmanship of your diamond to make it look bigger than its actual size.

1. Stray from Traditional Shapes

While round diamonds are beautiful and classic, they don’t have much shape variation. Opting for a fancy shape like an emerald cut, marquise, or oval will make your diamond look bigger because of the additional surface area. Such shapes better reflect light from all the corners and edges, making it appear bigger and shinier. Not to mention, they’re slightly less expensive than a round-cut diamond since they aren’t as traditional.

Joanne – Emerald Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Style no. S1199-EM: Classic Emerald Cut Halo Engagement Ring

2. Say Hello to Halos!

If your budget doesn’t allow for a bigger diamond, you can always add a halo (or two) to make it stand out! A band of smaller cut diamonds surrounding the center stone will create a more widespread reflection, making the entire diamond look bigger than normal. If you really want to make your rock pop, go for a double halo of shimmering diamonds!

Double Halo Engagement Ring

Style no. S4100: Unique Two Tone Double-Halo Round Brilliant Engagement Ring

3. Side Stones, Anyone?


Going for a more simplified look, but still want your diamond to make a statement? You can add side stones to your center stone without it losing any of its flare! The smaller side stones will give more emphasis to the center diamond, and give the impression of a bigger stone. Additionally, side stones make the entire ring look bigger, bolder, and more expensive without it costing too much!

4. Choose Bright Metals

Bright metals such as platinum and white gold reflect the diamond’s shine, making it appear bigger and heavier. The metals provide a sleek, modern glow perfect for the diamond ring to reflect and look brighter. This is one reason why platinum is the most requested choice by couples

Modern Solitaire Engagement Ring_S1300-019A4R10R

Style no. S1300: Modern Solitaire Engagement Ring

5. Bedazzle with a Bezel Setting!

Bezel settings encompass the center diamond with a metal rimmed circle, much like an outline.  They are also usually set at a certain height from the band in order to give the illusion of a bigger ring. This enhanced outline not only protects the diamond from chipping, but it also makes the diamond appear bigger than normal!

Round Vintage Bezel Set Engagement Ring_S1317-80A4W10RR

Style no. S1317: Vintage Bezel Engagement Ring

6. Choose a Slim Band

Why go with a wider band and overpower your center stone? When it comes to creating the illusion of a bigger diamond, always choose slim engagement ring bands so the center stone retains its name and reputation by remaining the center of attention. In particular, choose a band that tapers at the edge of the center stone; this will make your diamond look not only bigger but also beautiful and elegant!

Princess Cut Baquette Engagement Ring_SY711-0067/A4W

Style no. SY711: Classic Princess Tapered Baguette Engagement Ring


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