Far be it from us to claim that all women want a giant engagement ring—in fact, we firmly believe the opposite to be true: There are plenty of women who don’t want a rock too big to fit in her new purse. (Bonus points if you caught that Beyoncé reference.)
But at the same time, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a sizable stone. Whether you’re shopping for rings or you’ve already got one on your finger, here are five solid tricks for making an engagement ring look bigger than it actually is.
The best part? These tricks don’t always require spending extra cash.
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While there’s nothing like a huge diamond to catch the eye, it’s the way the stone is cut that really catches the light and can make a rock look bigger. “A well-cut diamond with proper angles and facets will not only be beautiful and brilliant, but will look larger,” jeweller Greg Kwiat told Brides.com. Work closely with a gemologist you trust to find a stone that’s cut to maximise its size.
A diamond set in more slender prongs is always going to look bigger than one set in larger prongs. It’s all about proportion.
You may have heard the interior design tip that a mirror will make any space seem larger. Well, according to jeweller Michelle Adorjan of Tacori, the same idea applies to diamond rings. If you opt for a platinum band, the image of the stone will be reflected in the metal, creating the illusion of a larger rock.
Perhaps the most straightforward way to make a center diamond look bigger is by putting a ring of smaller diamonds around it—at a certain distance, the halo will be indiscernible from the main attraction. You can either get a halo that is flush with the center diamond, or you can opt for what’s called an expanded halo, which is slightly set apart from the middle stone, and makes the diamond appear even larger.
If you opt for a ring with side stones, especially ones that are on the more humble end of the size spectrum, your center gemstone will look bigger. Side stones also make the ring as a whole look like a bigger piece of jewellery.
Blanca Monros Gomez Aura Ring, White Diamond ($2385)
Bony Levy Bridal Channel Set Diamond Semi Mount Ring ($1650)
David Yurman Capri Pave Engagement Ring in Platinum (Price Upon Request)
De Couer 14k White Gold 2 1/2ct TDW Diamond Engagement Ring ($3791)
Eve Fehren Diamond & Platinum “The Line” Ring ($11925)
Fred Leighton Three Stone Rose Cut Diamond Ring ($11500)
Monique Pean Mineraux Brilliant-Cut Grey Diamond & Oxidized Platinum Ring ($19170)
Peter Suchy Cushion Diamond Engraved Platinum Ring ($19950)
Ritani .86 Carat Diamond Gold Engagement Ring ($7100)
Satomi Kawakita Hexagon Ring White Diamond ($860)