You want the biggest diamond you can get. And girl, you deserve it!
Great news: some diamond shapes give the appearance of looking bigger. Stick with us as we show you how to turn even the popular 1.5 or 2.0 carat diamond ring into a serious celeb-worthy showstopper! Diamonds are priced by carat weight, and by simply opting for one of the diamond shapes below, your diamond engagement ring’s carat size will appear even bigger than it is!
Obviously diamond shape is critical in expressing your personal style, but it is also an important factor if size is important to you. Depending on the diamond shape you choose, the millimeter measurements will vary, making some shapes look bigger. The diamond shapes below lack depth, but they make up for it in a larger table (the top, flat surface area of a diamond) and make the stone appear bigger to the naked eye.
For example, a Princess Cut (Square Shape) 3.0 carat diamond is 8.25x8.25mm (in other words: small table, but deeper diamond). While a Marquise 3.0 carat is 14x7mm, it has a much larger table but less depth, for exactly the same carat weight.
Depth vs. Surface Area
6. Princess Cut Diamond
With clean, square lines and beautiful sparkle, the shape of the Princess Cut is recognizable by its sharp right-angle corners and ranks as our second most popular shape, after the round brilliant cut. Despite its popularity, it is tied for the smallest surface area along with the Asscher and Cushion shapes.
Summary: Carat-for-carat, The Princess Cut always looks smaller.
5. Brilliant Round Cut Diamond
If you thought that the brilliant round diamond center stone looks the biggest on an engagement ring, you would be wrong. Sorry! Sure, it’s the most popular for countless reasons, but because of the depth in an ideal cut, it does not look the biggest overall, specifically when looking down at it on your finger.
Summary: The Brilliant Round cut diamond, even though the most popular shape, will look smaller on your hand compared to a fancy shape diamond.
4. Emerald Cut Diamond
An emerald-shaped diamond is a rectangular shape with blocked (i.e. cut-off) corners. This shape can make the diamond appear bigger because of its large table. In addition, the step cut of an emerald-shaped diamond gives it a mesmerizing “hall of mirrors” look that will also make it appear bigger.
Summary: Emerald Cut Diamonds look larger and they have a unique dimensional look to them.
3. Oval Cut Diamond
The third largest appearing shape is an oval diamond. Its length and larger surface area makes the diamond appear bigger, and an added bonus is that the elongated shape gives the wearer the appearance of long, slender fingers.
Summary: Oval Cut Diamonds appear larger and they are a very flattering shape to your fingers.
2. Pear Cut Diamond
Pear-shaped diamonds are gorgeous and unique, with one side rounded and the other forming a tapered point. The tapered point gives this shape even more surface area than the oval. Get ready to shock people when they find out the actual size of your pear-shaped diamond engagement ring: they’ll think it’s way more carats than it looks!
Summary: A Pear Cut Diamond is the second largest shape and it can be complementary with a pointed manicure.
1. Marquise Cut Diamond
The marquise diamond shape has the largest appearance of any shape. It has a similar elongated look as the oval and pear shapes, but both ends form tapered points. The marquise shape will always look the largest because those tapered points create the largest surface area of all the shapes. As with the pear shape, make sure an expert jeweler helps you evaluate the best settings to compliment and protect the tapered ends.
Summary: The Marquise Cut Diamond shape will always look the biggest, even with the same carat weight as another diamond shape.
More ways to Maximize Your Diamond Size
Whether one of these shapes speaks to your personal style or not, there’s one other thing you can do to maximize your diamond size:
Get The Best Setting
Ideal diamond settings are often overlooked because so much attention is given to the center stone. However, a great setting can really emphasize the diamond and take it from gorgeous to breaktaking. For example, halo settings are gorgeous, but the wrong halo can drown out a center stone. The ring itself is bigger with a halo, but if not done well, the center stone gets lost and looks smaller.
To remedy this, A classic solitaire will perfectly highlight your diamond. With anything north of a 1.25 carat diamond, a solitaire setting is a great choice. The simplicity of the solitaire lets your diamond shine, with no competition.
Lastly, the thinner the band on your setting, the larger the look for your diamond, as well!
Our favorite solitaire settings that highlight the center stone and offer a thin but solid band (so you can wear your gorgeous ring everyday, stress-free!) include the Millie Hidden Halo Engagement Ring features a hidden halo of 0.06ctw lab grown diamonds with a delicate high polish band that measures only 1.5mm, and the Maggie Solitaire Engagement Ring features the solitaire center stone with a delicate, thin metal band measuring only 1.5mm.
What Brilliant Round Cut Diamonds Do Best
Even if the classic Round diamond didn't win for looking the biggest, there is one huge reason why people keep coming back to it. Brilliant round cut diamond shapes maximize the brilliance, scintillation, and fire of a stone. That is, you’ll get the most sparkle from a round-shaped diamond. Along with a great cut, the round shape is optimal for light to enter, refract, and dazzle us with flashes of radiance.
How To Actually Get A Bigger Diamond (and feel good about it)
Maybe an oval, pear, or marquise shape isn’t for you, but you still want that bigger diamond. The truth is, you can get literally double the diamond when you choose a lab grown diamond versus earth-mined. So, if a simple solitaire with a round diamond is your dream, MiaDonna can make it happen. Even better, when you choose to buy a truly ethically sourced and certified Lab Grown Diamond engagement ring with us, you are making the most environmentally-friendly, socially-conscious, and fiscally responsible choice because your purchase gives back 10% to The Greener Diamond Foundation.
In Conclusion: Elongated fancy shaped diamonds tend to have a larger table while being shallower, giving the appearance of a larger diamond on your hand.
Ready to find your dream diamond? Discover MiaDonna’s loose Lab Created Diamond collection and search by shape. To speak to a fine jewelry and diamond expert who can help you decide on a size, shape, setting (and everything else), book a virtual appointment or come visit us at our Portland store!