When shopping for an engagement ring, many men and women find that their budget doesn’t get them the diamond size that they were hoping for. Good News! There are several things you can do to get the most bling for your buck.
Here are some tricks to make your engagement ring look larger without having to spend extra cash:
1- Diamond Shape: Just like people, diamonds come in all shapes and sizes. If you are seeking a larger look, I would suggest going for a top heavy shape like a round or a longer shape like an oval, pear, or marquise. These shapes tend to take up the most “real estate” on your finger, making it appear larger than other shapes of the same carat weight.
2- Shallow Cut: Another great way to get a larger looking diamond without spending extra money would be to opt for a shallower cut stone. If size is important and your budget is tight, pass on an excellent cut and go for a shallow stone. Shallow stones tend to have more “spread” meaning most of the weight is at the top making the diamond appear larger. If you do opt for a shallow or “spready” stone, you will most likely be sacrificing a tiny bit of sparkle (it’s all about compromise).
3- Halo: Pave halos are very popular for engagement rings because they make diamonds look a carat or two larger than their actual size. A pave halo is essentially a frame of smaller diamonds surrounding your center stone. I like to think of halos as a push up bra for your diamond! If your diamond isn’t as large as you would like it to be, set your diamond into a pave diamond halo. This will give you the look of a larger stone without having to spend the extra money.
4- Side Stones: If a halo isn’t your thing, you can also add complimentary side stones for your center diamond. For instance, adding a pair of tapered baguettes, half moons, trapezoids, or trillions will give your engagement ring an overall larger look.
5- Make it Skinny: In order to have your diamond be the star of the show, make sure to set it with as little metal as possible (but be sure the structure of the ring is still sound). It is all about proportion! Set your diamond with thin claw prongs and a thin band. This way your diamond will not be overpowered by chunky metal and will really stand out.
These tricks will help you get the larger look you want for your engagement ring without going overboard on your budget!