(Closed) Same carat but different sizes??

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Cushion cuts look smaller. They are very deep and really sparkly, but yeah, they look a little smaller.

My jeweler told me round ones look the biggest. They can be flatter and therefore have a larger face.


You can compare mm x mm. You can click on the diamond shape and then compare them, too! Super conveneint

Post # 5
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

way to be handy with the links ejs 😉

I agree… Rounds look the biggest. The shapes I considered were cushion, asscher, and radiant. Of those, in my opinion, radiant looks the biggest, then cushion, then asscher.

Keep in mind though that two stones of the same shape and weight may look bigger/smaller based on the cut. If a stone is very shallow top to bottom, the face will be bigger and it will look bigger **but** it won’t sparkle nearly as much and won’t be as pretty of a stone. You don’t necessarily want to get the stone that looks the biggest, but the one that really jumps out at you.

Post # 6
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

It also has more to do with the cut of the diamond too. So keep that in mind as well.  And when I say cut, I don’t mean shape. I mean the symmetry, the proportions, etc.  If the diamond is “top heavy” for example, the bulk of the diamond is at the top and makes it look bigger.

Post # 7
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve been told that round brilliant looks the biggest and any diamond with a better cut looks bigger as its more sparkly. But diamonds can be cut to any shape, mine is 2.1 carats and I don’t think it looks that big b/c the table is very small. I’ve seen 1.5 carats on my friends that look bigger at first glance b/c they have a larger table. Don’t know if I’m right here, just my observations.

Post # 9
4 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

pricescope.com is an awesome web site. Read through the “knowledge” section, they talk about this issue.  It was invaluable resource when we picked our stone.

Post # 10
4566 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We went ring shopping last week and I honestly think a pear looks bigger than a round! I compared them for about 5 minutes. Its a shallower underbody so you get more weight on top… I liked it alot more, too.

Post # 12
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Everyone says Rounds appear biggest usually.   But for some reason, when I see elongated shaped stones (Pear, Marquis, Emerald) they seem to appear bigger to me.  But that might just be my own weird perceptions…

Post # 13
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I am such a weirdo.  I have a 2 ct radiant but perfect square.  The amazon chart from jhphi shows a rectangular rad which for some reason looked bigger.  I had my diamond reset after a bad fall and for a split second feared they switched out my diamond for something smaller (I’d only had it for a week, I’d have never known!).  I jjust printed out the chart and measured my rad against a princess (since they’re both square).  Phew, it’s still the right size.

Now to find my loupe and sure it’s the right diamond…

Post # 14
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

I was told that the round brilliant cut look the biggest..And I also saw a huge difference from stone to stone when we went to upgrade to a larger carat weight….the  way it is cut will change the perception of how big it is

Post # 15
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I agree with the others, another one that can appear bigger is the Oval cut.  But it depends on how deep/shallow the bottom of the stone is.

My SIL and I both have a 2ct stone. Mine is a cushion cut and her’s is a princess cut.  My stone looks almost double the size of hers because of the cut but also because mine is a halo so the setting is larger. If that makes sense.  I love both rings because I helped my brother pick her’s out (man was I nervous about picking out another girl’s ring)…

Post # 16
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think the setting makes a HUGE difference!  Halos always look bigger.

I think radiants and cushions look smaller than their carat size, but they have SOOOOOO much sparkle!  The other Cs make an impact too!

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