How to Make a Gemstone Look Bigger in an Engagement Ring

How Do You Make A Gemstone Look Bigger in An Engagement Ring

Have you ever wondered as you set off on your bespoke journey how do I make the centre stone appear more significant than it is? Especially if you have dreamt of having your very own J Lo engagement ring but don’t have the celebrity salary to own it. We’ve got some excellent guides and tips for achieving an awe-inspiring version of your very own.

Which Cut Will Make My Gemstone Look Bigger Than It Is?


Gemstones cuts such as ovals, marquise and pear cuts are ideal in maximising their visual size compared to their carat weight. These cuts are generally shallower and are elongated, lending themselves nicely to appearing more significant on the hand. They can also have a lovely width to length ratio which sets them apart from some of the other cuts allowing it to look more significant in your engagement ring. Not all gemstones look their size in carat weight.

Some have been cut to avoid natural inclusions and to help with colour dispersion – which is common in coloured gemstones. In coloured gemstones, the desired aim is colour, and lots of it. On occasion, some gems, mostly diamonds, lose their weight in the lower half of the stone. Most noticeable in the cushion cut diamond, some emerald and square cut stones. This happens with poorly cut stones as it’s done to not only avoid possible inclusions surrounding the initial crystal but to also keep the desirable carat weight of the stone.

Ovals, marquise and pear cuts are ideal in maximising their visual size compared to their carat weight

How Can the Setting of My Ring Make My Diamond or Gemstone Look Bigger?


Once you select your gemstone cut the next step will be the setting. The setting will elevate it to the next level in is visual appearance. A six claw setting works wonders for round cut gemstones. Not only does it lend itself to the shape of the stone, but it can also nudge its appearance a touch by that added circumference of metal. This works well for those who don’t mind a bit of metal but don’t want it to overpower the visual look of the ring. This doesn’t work for all gemstone cuts such as pear, square and rectangular cuts. Due to their shape, they don’t lend themselves to six claw settings.


Another choice is a bezel setting. This is where the bigger look is really most noticeable. The bezel setting adds an overall millimetre – or more – to the circumference of your gemstone. This, however, depends on the overall design and balance that’s you are trying to achieve. The bezel setting is also one of the safest styles of settings, so you’re gaining in two areas!

Would A Halo Design Make My Gemstone Look Bigger?


Yes definitely! But there are a few additional visual allusions that you can add. By having tiny supporting diamonds within the halo and by doing so, it will offset the variation, having a lovely juxtaposition and play between your centre stone and your smaller supporting stones. Slightly elevating the centre stone can help too but allow your designer and jeweller to guide you with the technical elements that might need to be considered in this instance.

A double halo is also an added option as this can also blend into the overall sparkle emphasising the visual play on size. Please note, it works well with stones that complement each other in colour, so it’s not always so effective with coloured gemstones and diamonds.

Can the Style of The Band on the Ring Make the Stone Look Bigger?


The most effective band to use is a “knife-edge band”, where the eye is drawn into the centre stone. It gently tapers and is finer towards the primary setting allowing the emphasis to be purely on the stone and with this design style it can make the stone appear larger than it is.

Now you can outshine J Lo or any A list celebrity with these tips. Book a no obligations consultation, and our award-winning designer can create with you, your very own showstopping engagement ring.

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