Which Diamonds Look the Biggest?

Diamond Cuts

The recent trends in bridal designs indicate that bigger is better when it comes to diamond engagement rings. However, not every couple has the budget for a “rock”. Choosing the right shape for your diamond, however, can help the stone appear bigger.

The diamond shapes (aka diamond cuts) that look the biggest are:

  1. Round
  2. Oval
  3. Marquis
  4. Emerald
  5. Halo

Here are the 5 biggest looking diamond cuts.

1. Round Cut

A round cut diamond is not cut as deeply as others, which helps to create the illusion of size and appear larger. A round brilliant shaped diamond is the most popular diamond shape for engagement rings because they make the ring looks bigger.



2. Oval Cut

Oval shaped diamonds look bigger because the stone is elongated.



3. Marquise Cut

The marquise cut is not as popular today as in years past, but it is another diamond cut that looks larger due to the surface area of its elongated shape. It’s our opinion that the marquise diamond shape looks the biggest of them all.



4. Emerald Cut

The same goes for the emerald cut diamond. The rectangular shape of emerald cut diamonds make the diamond look big.



5. Halo

While it not an actual diamond cut, a halo diamond ring of smaller diamonds surrounding a large center stone, which may be round brilliant, square, or rectangular. The ring of smaller round diamonds gives you a very large looking ring without such a large center stone. The smaller diamonds surrounding the center stone cost far less than the price of a larger carat weight center stone.



The Diamond That Looks Biggest May Not Be Best

It is important to keep in mind that the size of the stone isn’t the only element that gives a ring the “wow” factor. Choosing a diamond with a cut grade of “ideal cut” ensures that it sparkles and reflects light well. In addition, a diamond’s color affects its appearance and brilliance. A carefully chosen ring of a smaller well cut carat weight diamond will outshine a larger diamond with a poor quality cut grade and color grade piece every time.

The metal you choose is important, as well. The bright white glow of platinum can make any diamond look larger. However, you shouldn’t choose a platinum setting just because it makes your diamond look biggest. Your engagement ring should be made from the metal you wear most frequently since you’ll be wearing it every day.

Choose the Ring That’s Right for You

Before choosing an engagement ring, it’s a good idea to try on several diamond rings with different sizes and cuts of diamond. Certain cuts may, for example, look better on your hand, based on its size and the length of your fingers. Experiment with different settings, as even the size and shape of the prongs, can affect how the ring and diamond looks on your finger.

Narrowing your choices will be easier if you approach diamond shopping with a budget in mind. Knowing how much you can spend will allow you to experiment with different combinations of style and cut within your price range. Then, you can decide for yourself what combination of size and features gives you the most “bang for your buck”.

Your diamond engagement ring is meant to be one of your most treasured pieces of jewelry, and one that you will wear for a lifetime. Take the time to look at all different diamond shapes, sizes, and cuts of diamonds so that you find the one that is as perfect for you as the person who gives it.

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Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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