Ways To Make Engagement Rings Look Bigger without going over Budget

She wants a bigger ring. You have a strict budget. Where do you go from there? 

The amazing part about diamond engagement rings is that you can still find a beautiful, stunning ring no matter what your budget is. If she wants that big diamond look, there are small tips and tricks that we recommend on a daily basis to give the illusion of a larger diamond. 

A large diamond ring doesn't have to break the bank if you know subtle ways that can really make a strong visual impact.

Don't focus so much on a diamond's carat weight, which determines how large the diamond is. If you put too much emphasis on getting a certain carat size ring, then you might end up having to sacrifice on other extremely important factors that will affect how beautiful the diamond is. And I can't speak for all women, but I'd much rather have a smaller diamond that is absolutely stunning than a larger diamond that is completely dull.

The halo engagement ring has been an extremely popular choice in the past few years. This type of ring features a center diamond surrounded by a "halo" of smaller diamonds to give the illusion of a much larger stone. This is a perfect way to get the big diamond look for a much lower price tag. 

Choosing a halo engagement ring allows you to purchase a smaller center diamond and amplify the look and size of it with smaller diamonds all along the sides. Halos can be shaped around any stone. They can be square, circle, or even hexagon depending on the look you are going for. 

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.07 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM RING  3,330.00

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.07 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM RING

3,330.00

One of the best ways to give the appearance of a larger diamond for less money is to actually stop trying to find the largest center diamond possible in your budget. Sometimes trying to find the largest stone in your budget will mean that you have to sacrifice other qualities of the diamond like its cut (which has the biggest impact on its overall sparkle) or clarity and color.

Instead, opt for a beautiful smaller diamond that can be accompanied by two smaller diamonds on either side. This is what is called a three-stone engagement ring. Having three smaller diamonds side-by-side that are beautiful on their own will create a larger diamond look and will add volume to the ring.   

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.44 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM THREE STONE RING  2,700.00

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.44 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM THREE STONE RING

2,700.00

Diamond cluster rings are becoming a more popular choice for engagement rings because of their illusive nature. 

Cluster rings feature smaller diamonds that are paired together in a cluster to give the appearance of a larger diamond. Done correctly, it would take someone looking at the ring really close to notice that the diamond is in fact a cluster of diamonds instead of one larger stone. 

This is a great choice for the budget conscious shopper that wants that big diamond look. Smaller diamonds will always be significantly less expensive than larger diamonds. As diamonds increase in size, their price goes up exponentially instead of in a linear fashion. For example, two 1/2 carat diamonds will be significantly cheaper than one 1 carat diamond, because the 1 carat diamond is much more rare. Because of this, clusters of smaller diamonds will help keep the price of the ring way down. 

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.60 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND 14KT WHITE GOLD RING  2,520.00

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.60 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND 14KT WHITE GOLD RING

2,520.00

Round diamonds are still the most popular shape for diamonds because of their brilliance. They are perfectly cut to reflect light in the best way possible to maximize a diamond's fire and sparkle.

However, more recently, "fancy" cut diamonds have started becoming more popular. This trend can really work in your advantage if you have a tight budget but still want to give the illusion of a larger diamond. Shapes like marquise, oval, pear, and emerald will elongate the stone to make it seem like the diamond is bigger than it actually is.

These 3 rings here are some of are top Sellers at GINA AMIR. The quality is amazing and at the perfect budget! 

Diamond Clarity vs Cut

If you’ve researched diamonds and engagement rings online, you’ve probably come across the the four Cs of Diamonds. Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat. They play a major role in grading any loose diamond. The slightest change in any of the Four Cs can end up having a huge impact price.

That being said, few people actually understand how to prioritize the Four Cs when searching the perfect ring for their. Understanding how a diamond's cut and clarity affects the appearance and price of a diamond is essential for anyone buying a diamond engagement ring. 

Find out which of these two Cs is most important and how each will effect your search.

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Like most natural things, a diamond isn’t perfect. Clarity is a direct measure of the number of inherent imperfections the diamond has. These flaws can be things such as dark spots, feathery cracks, or white points in the diamond

To some people having as few imperfections as possible is important' however it’s important to note that unless you reach an SI2 or lower, it is extremely unlikely the naked eye will be able to see any flaws. A diamond doesn’t have to be flawless to be beautiful. Because the flaws aren’t visible to the naked eye, many shoppers find it well worth it to sacrifice clarity grade for what it affords in other categories.

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The cut of a diamond refers to the proportions, symmetry, and polish of the loose stone. The cut of any diamond has three attributes: brilliance, fire, and scintillation. All of the factors determine how beautiful a diamond is. 

The beauty of a diamond depends more on cut than any other factor. A well cut diamond acts as a prism, splitting white light into a brilliant rainbow of colors. Ideally all diamond cutters would be focused on enhancing the light performance of loose diamonds; however, since some customers will pay more for a larger diamond, there is pressure to sacrifice beauty for weight. A poorly cut diamond will seem dull even with excellent color and clarity.

At the end of the day, your fiance won't be bragging about her “1-ct. E VS1” diamond. She'll be telling her friends to look at her "beautiful sparkly diamond ring," and that’s ultimately what matters most.