5 Ways to Make a Diamond Look Larger Than its
True Carat Weight
Pay Attention to Diamond Cut, Shape & Setting
Did you know that there are many ways to make a
diamond appear larger than it actually is? The diamond's cut,
shape, and setting all have an impact on its apparent size.
Here are five techniques you can use to buy a
diamond that looks larger than its true carat weight.
1. Consider Fancy Diamond Shapes
Fancy shaped diamonds usually look larger than
round diamonds of equal weight, especially diamonds with
elongated shapes, such as the marquise, oval and pear.
2. Choose a Pavé Setting
A pavé setting looks like a continuous surface
of diamonds, but is actually made up of small diamonds set side
by side into little holes, their surfaces nearly level with the
setting. Tiny beads are crafted from the surrounding metal to
hold the diamonds in place.
It's difficult to distinguish individual
stones, so the setting makes you think the piece has more (and
larger) diamonds than it truly does.
Intricate pavé settings can be expensive, so
sometimes it's less expensive to buy a larger diamond!
3. Consider an Illusion Setting
The diamond in an Illusion setting is mounted
to a mirror-like plate before being set into the band, making it
look larger, with more brilliance.
There's a downside to the Illusion
setting--it's more difficult to repair.
4. Choose a Setting with Side Stones
Small diamonds set into the band on either
side of a center stone won't necessarily make the focal diamond
look larger, but can give a ring more overall pizzazz.
5. Select a Bezel Set Diamond
Choose a diamond in a bezel setting, where a
rim totally encircles the stone. White gold or platinum will
blend with and enhance a white diamond, making it appear larger.
A yellow gold bezel setting can throw a yellowish tint back onto
Watch Out For Shallow Cut Diamonds
Diamonds that are cut shallow (not as deep as
they ideally should be) appear larger than the same size stones
with a more proportional cut, but what you gain in size you 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.