When it comes to shopping for diamond rings, most people would place their priorities in getting the largest possible diamond they can afford. In this post, I am not going to mellow on you about the importance of Cut.
If you already browsed and read through Beyond4Cs.com for your research, you would have already known all that. Instead, we are going to take a look at how the choice of ring setting designs can help you enhance the size of your diamond optically.
By placing these considerations on your ring setting choice, you might not have to break the bank to achieve a similar look of buying a bigger diamond.
I personally think both 4 and 6 prongs settings have their pros and cons to them. Obviously, the more prongs securing the center diamond will mean there is less risk of losing the stone in the event of a bent/broken prong.
Check out this blown up illustration below…
Now, if we were to shrink down the view, which diamond stands out more?
With a 4 prong setting, there is less metal coverage on the stone and this helps to accent the outline and diamond’s size. Also, prongs which are set higher can help the diamond to appear larger and allow more light to enter it.
The bezel setting is actually comprised of a rim of metal which secures the diamond by its circumference. Because it follows the outline of the stone, the shape of the center stone is enhanced and appears larger than it is.
Halo rings are all about creating visual impacts. When done right, the halo can significantly increase the aesthetic appearance of the ring. When viewed from a distance, the melee diamonds appear to “fuse” together with the center diamond and creates an optical illusion of having a single large diamond.
Row of tiny diamonds outline the main stone
One of the designs that won’t flatter the center stone is a multistone or 3-stone design. Personally, I think the sidestones make the center diamond look smaller and the stones usually look blended together. This takes the limelight away from the main diamond.
Most of the time, people choose this design for its symbolism and also for the additional bling factor. So, this is a design you might want to avoid if your goal is to make the diamond look bigger when mounted.
My personal recommendation would be to go with a thin and simple band. This is really the secret that will bring out the size of a diamond and making it look bigger on a finger. A band with a thickness of 1.8mm to around 2.2mm would nail the job.
Thin vs Thick – The winner definitely goes to the ring on the left.
When small accent diamonds (fish tail settings) are set close to each other on a row, it places emphasis on the center stone. Besides choosing a thinner band, the use of accent stone could also give the diamond a “bigger looking” appearance.
Fishtail vs. channel setting – the thicker band makes diamonds look smaller
All in all, choosing a ring design is all about personal tastes and preferences. You’ll need to strike a balance between the advantages and disadvantages of different designs while finding one that appeals to you at the same time.
If you have a slightly lower budget and you are looking for a big visual look, don’t fret. You should consider using ring settings to enhance a diamond’s size. This will help you achieve the same look without going over your budget.