The real purpose of choosing a diamond of larger carat size is to get a diamond that looks bigger. However, as the rarity of a larger diamond increases exponentially with size, so does its price. In other words, the larger carat you choose, the higher price you have to pay. Comparing two diamonds of the same carat, the two’s diameter size may vary due to the shape, cutting, and ring design. Knowing the tips and tricks below, you can get custom Halo Diamond engagement rings that can look larger than it is and, best of all, at a more affordable price.

Price is mostly determined by the carat of the diamond. Comparing diamonds with the same carat but of different shapes, an elongated shape of a diamond-like pear, oval, and marquise can look much larger than the square and round shaped stones. Placing small stones next to the central diamond on a ring, such as in the three-stone setting, can help make the center diamond look more extensive as well.

Round versus other shapes

Round is the most simple but yet most desired shape of all for diamonds. One of the reasons it is so appealing is that it releases the most brilliance compared to other forms. However, you may not be aware that round diamonds are the most expensive shape among all forms too! A lot more raw diamond material goes to waste during the cutting process when making a round and princess diamond versus other conditions. That is why a round diamond can be more expensive than a radiant diamond of the same carat by at least $200 – $300.Given your fixed budget, it will be useful to keep the option to offset the diamond shape with carat, cut, clarity, or color. On the other hand, the ultimate decision should be regarding her taste and personal choice if you know what I mean!

Accompanying stones

A diamond ring will look gorgeous and attractive in a setting where the diamond is accompanied by two smaller diamonds or small little diamonds surrounding the center diamond (pave setting). The good news is that this setting is usually of a lower price than a single big diamond setting. Best of all, you can hardly distinguish the size or tell the actual size. Cheaper gemstones can be used to replace the smaller diamonds in the pave setting. This results in a less metal showing. Since you have more stones to play with, there can be potentially numerous design permutations!

Shallow cuts

A shallow cut diamond will result in a larger table, hence resulting in a larger looking diamond. However, the major drawback is that this type of cut increases the table over a depth percentage. The diamond will lose a significant amount of shine and brilliance. The amount lost could be so much that you cannot describe the diamond as a “bling-bling” anymore. Hence, to get the best proportions, take this table as a reference. This can be a potential cost saver as you can pay a 0.9-carat diamond that looks like a 1-carat diamond!