Five Ways to Make Your Diamond Look Bigger

Size matters. Unless you’re a kajillionaire, you probably wouldn’t mind if your diamonds were just a little bit bigger. We’ve all been there. But sparkle aficionados should know that there’s more than one way to get a bigger look we all want without breaking the bank. Carat weight is only one factor in how big your diamond looks. If you are looking to get a big look without a big price tag, you can tailor the design, materials and quality to maximize any carat weight. Here are five ways to make your diamonds look bigger without spending more.


A woman showing off her lab-grown diamond necklace


Choose Lab Grown Diamonds

You’ve probably heard that you now have a relatively new high-tech option when it comes to diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are actual real diamonds that are created in a laboratory instead of being mined from the earth. It took decades of research to create the kind of extreme pressure and temperature it takes to grow diamond crystals in the laboratory consistently. Today lab-created diamonds are available in a wide range of sizes, shapes and qualities, including very high clarity and color. Because these lab-grown gems are diamond, not an imitation like CZ or moissanite, man-made diamonds have the exact same sparkle and brilliance as diamonds that formed naturally deep in the earth. And many lab-created diamonds are sustainably grown making them a popular choice for people who care about the environment. The best part?  These sustainably-created diamonds are half the cost of mined diamonds the same size and quality.

What this means for you is that you can afford high-quality lab grown diamond necklaces, rings, and stud earrings that are twice as big as styles set with mined diamonds that are the same price. At Carbon Atelier we have top quality lab-created diamonds from a Sustainability Rated Producer that produces these gorgeous gems with net-zero carbon emissions. And they are half the price as earth-mined diamonds, so you can afford big, beautiful lab diamond stud earrings the size you’ve always wanted.


Shape Up with Ovals and Pears

Diamonds are sold by weight, not size. All one-carat diamonds are the same weight. But they are not the same size! Oval shapes, pear shapes and other cuts, known as fancy shaped diamonds, are slightly bigger than round diamonds the same weight. That’s because the proportions of those cuts are shallower and wider than rounds, making their surface area larger. Longer thinner shapes also trick the eye a bit, looking larger than symmetrical shape. This adds up to a bigger looking one carat oval diamond necklace or one carat pear diamond necklace than a one-carat round. And round diamonds are the most expensive diamond shape per carat too. You can choose a fancy shape for less per carat, so you can afford a bigger size too. 

That may be why the most popular styles at Carbon Atelier are emerald cut lab created diamond necklaces and oval shape lab created diamond necklaces. Not only are fancy shape diamond necklaces fashionably unique, they look larger and cost less than the same carat weight round diamond necklaces.


More the Merrier with Cluster Settings

Diamonds are priced per carat and the larger the diamond, the higher the price.  A one carat diamond costs more than two half-carat diamonds.  What this means is jewelry designed with many small diamonds are much less than designs with one large diamond. That’s why we’ve created clever cluster pendants with many small diamonds set close together so they have the look of a solitaire but cost much less. Also small diamonds are less deep so they cover a larger area than one larger diamond with the same amount of sparkle. This affordable Carbon Atelier Flower Cluster Lab Created Diamond Pendant is set with seven small diamonds weighing just one-fifth a carat but looks like a half carat solitaire. And these Flower Cluster Lab Created Stud Earrings have all the brilliance of traditional diamond studs at a fraction of the cost.


Add a Halo to Maximize Brilliance

Halo styles surround the center diamond with a ring of smaller diamonds for even more sparkle. The details of this design add interest to classic silhouettes. There’s another reason why halo designs are so popular. The extra brilliance from the small diamonds makes the center diamond look much larger. In most cases adding a halo adds a half-carat or more to the look of the center stone. Look at this halo lab diamond pendant, which looks much larger than the size of the center diamond. Choose a halo with a ring of larger diamonds to increase the brilliance even more. You’ll have the big diamond look you want without having to pay for a larger center stone. 


Demand a Cut Above

The craftsmanship, angles and proportions of a diamond’s facets are the source of all its brilliance and sparkle. The better a diamond is cut, the brighter it will be and the more light it will return to your eyes. Because impact is all about the sparkle, a brighter diamond looks bigger. Well-cut diamonds sparkle more and have more impact. To make sure you have the best possible cut, choose diamond that has a cut grade of ideal, excellent or very good from an independent laboratory. Diamonds with these grades are so symmetrical and well-proportioned that they light up a room with brilliance, scintillation and dispersion, punching above their weight optically. At Carbon Atelier, we hand-select all our lab-created diamonds to dazzle with an excellent cut and all our gems above 0.33 carats have an independent grading report from IGI that confirms their quality. Life’s too short to wear mediocre diamonds. If you’re going to invest in classic jewelry, make sure the diamonds are truly beautiful.

Each one of these tips will help your diamond look a little (or a lot in the case of lab-created diamonds) bigger.  And you can combine two or more for even more impact.  For example, this lab created diamond cluster ring makes a beautiful engagement ring or promise ring with a big look at an amazingly affordable price. And you’ll be ready to sparkle wherever you go.

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