(Closed) Diamond shape question

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2002 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

@daffodil89:  How rude of her! I’m guessing that she said that because oval and marquis stones have a “long side” which is bigger than it would be if it was just a round stone of the same carat weight. However, they also have a “short side” which is slimmer than it would be if it was a round stone, so I don’t know about them looking bigger.

The only trick I know if to actually make a stone look bigger than its carat weight is to get a very shallow (read: improperly) cut (so there will be more surface area) stone, but that is a bad idea because the stone won’t sparkle as much.

Ignore the ignoramus!

Post # 4
8700 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

What a JERK. I think rounds show the biggest face-up! So she’s both obnoxious and wrong!

Post # 5
3501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Wow thats quite a comment.  Honestly, I am not sure if any particular stones look larger than they are strictly on shape.  I know the basket is super important.  A higher set stone will look larger than one thats lower but thats strictly basket.

My advice is to ignore her.  Some people put way too much pressure on the ring vs the symbolism. If it were me I would make some smart ass comment instead tho 😉

Post # 6
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Wow, what a rude comment. My only thought if someone told me they were getting an oval stone is that it’s a more unique shape than I’m used to seeing (most people in my area have princess or round). What a strange and rude thing to say to someone.

Post # 7
1224 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

That was a rude assumption, but certain cuts of stones “face up” larger than other stones of a similar carat weight. For example, I was between asscher or emerald as a potential cut and ended up prefering emerald because I like the look of a large stone and an emerald faces up larger than an asscher. 


This link from Blue Nile is a great illustration of different shapes and carat weights:




That said, I think ovals are lovely and they seem to really be gaining popularity! I’m not sure anyone else will focus on you “faking” size because ovals are lovely regardless! I imagine, with specs like your stone’s, you’ll most likely get comments about how sparkly, clear and white it is!


Post # 8
975 posts
Busy bee

I think that ovals are so pretty! Its true that marquise and oval shapes appear to be larger to the eye than an equivalent round brilliant cut. Oppositely, asschers and cushions usually appear to be smaller. It has to do with the depth and spread of the stone for each cut.

Here is a good example chart. 


However, I don’t know anyone that buys an oval or marquise just because they “look bigger”. My friend has a marquise and she chose it because she liked the way it looked.

Post # 9
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

She is just jealous. Don’t listen to her.

I got my share of rude comments because I went with a sapphire center stone with two side diamonds. So many people don’t have a CLUE when they open their mouths.

Some cuts do appear larger, but the only way you can tell  is by comparing the two side-by-side. The only kind of person who would do that are people like your co-worker. So tacky.

Post # 10
1275 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@daffodil89:  oval, marquise, and pear always look bigger IMO, but I think that is a good thing not a bad one! I was looking at marquise diamonds the other day.. i saw ~1cts almost as long as 10mm! My 1.2 EC is just over 7mm long. 

Anyway, tha girl is rude as hell. I love ovals! I’m sure yours is going to be BEAUTIFUL. and if it looka bigger than it’s ct, BONUS! Pay her no mind. 

Post # 11
2031 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

They do look bigger but it is also just a beautiful shape.  I have a centerstone yellow sapphire marquis.  I’ve been engaged over a year and haven’t gotten a single negative comment on the stone nor the shape.  Personally I like how oblong stones feel on my hand because they don’t stick so high up. 

Post # 12
1410 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@daffodil89:  chick is rude. As. Fuck. 

Ovals aren’t purchased because we want something that “looks bigger.” I got mine because I love the shape. Take comfort in the fact that I’ve never once had anyone say anything like that about my oval. Your coworker is just rude. 

Post # 13
1012 posts
Bumble bee

wow that was rude. I just got engaged with an oval. Perhaps she meant that ovals tend to look larger than rounds? When I was looking, I did see a round next to an oval, and they do look larger than rounds, but what’s wrong with that? LOL I think your coworker might be a little jealous. Anyway, dont’ worry about what other people say and just enjoy your beautiful ring when you get it. No one else with any sense is going to say something that stupid! And here’s a pic of my oval. sorry the pic is so huge.

Post # 14
1455 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Wow, talk about rude! 

I love emerald cuts and ovals. Don’t you worry about that comment, she’s obviously nasty.

Post # 15
408 posts
Helper bee

My 2.8 ct looked smaller than the 1.86 emerald (I have a cushion cut that is elongated and sits a bit higher – weight is in side profile) but I loved the color too much to pass it up. I think ppl pay attention to different things and clearly she was just a bit snarky

Post # 16
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Well that was just rude. I have a marquise and I would have to say that it tends to look bigger than other stones that are the same size. That is just because it is long though. Don’t listen to her. Your oval will be perfect. 

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