Ring Settings That Will Help Enhance a Diamond’s Size

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.

The Number of Prongs Matter…

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…

4 prongs vs 6 prongs

Now, if we were to shrink down the view, which diamond stands out more?

zoomed out appearance

Credits: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/engagement-rings/solitaires/

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.

Bezel Settings to Accentuate Outline

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.

emphasizing the shape of the mounted diamond

Halo Settings

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.

halo rings

Row of tiny diamonds outline the main stone

Avoid 3 Stones Mountings or Large Sidestones

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.

3 stones mounting

Credits: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/engagement-rings/three-stone/

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.

Thin Bands

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.

thick vs thin

Thin vs Thick – The winner definitely goes to the ring on the left.

Credits: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/engagement-rings/side-stones/

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

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.

To view more ring settings and designs, visit BrianGavinDiamonds.com. They have one of the best craftsmanship standards when it comes to making rings.

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  1. Pharoah-
    October 23, 2012 at 2:19 am


    Thanks for the awesome content and website that you had built. I am based in Turkey and currently am looking for an engagement ring together with my fiancee.

    I was down at a reputable local jeweler who had 2 options of purchasing a 0.9 carat round brilliant cut certified by AGS and another 1.02 carat diamond without any grading report. Both of them are retailing at similar prices and I was made a guarantee by the owner that the un-certified stone had a F-G color and a clarity of VS2-SI1.

    So, my question is, it seems tantalizing to purchase the bigger stone with seemingly better specifications. However, how do I know whether the cut of the stone is good since there is no report for the stone?

  2. Paul-
    October 23, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Hi Pharoah,

    I am glad you dropped by here before making any purchases. It sounds like you are getting ripped off from the jeweler. No reputable jeweler will sell uncertified diamonds. The reason is simple. If they can sell the stone for much more with an accompanying diamond report, why wouldn’t they do so?

    Read these articles for more details…


    Bottomline, stay away from them and do business with someone else.


  3. Dayle Hudson-
    October 5, 2017 at 4:51 am

    I don’t agree with your thinking on bands. I have gotten a few nice three and four carat rings with skinny bands. If the band is thin It can’t support the weight of the stone and will fall sideways unless the ring is tight. Most of my rings are a little big because I need half sizes

  4. Paul Gian-
    October 5, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Yep. I would agree with that. For the general population, people don’t usually buy diamonds that are so large like 3 to 4 carats. This post is more for people with smaller budgets (and obviously, smaller diamond sizes). For large stones, it is better to go thicker in band sizes.

  5. Nick-
    May 17, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Dayle Hudson sounds like one of those guys who like to show off while knowing exactly why Paul recommended certain things.

    It’s like saying. “A Volkswagen Golf is a good sporty vehicle but my Bugatti Veyron is just a little bit better so your opinion is incorrect.”

    Bravo Dayle, hope you enjoyed your 20 second of fame. Nobody cares a lick about what sized diamond you bought. I bet that if asked, you’ll tell me how much you paid for that thing as well.


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