(Closed) what diamond cut makes it look the largest?

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Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Round, but round usually cost more than other cuts for comparable C’s, so if you’re looking for the largest you can get for the price, you can often get a square or other cut that is a larger carat weight with equivalent C’s for the same price as a round.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Im surprised at reading round! I still say marquis or as someone mentioned emerald buuut maybe im wrong lol

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think round looks the biggest. Depends on the setting though,I have a princess cut diamond with a high setting, it really stands out.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

A marquise cut has the most table surface area for its weight (carat), so it will look the biggest.

Rounds have the most sparkle–the cut was basically designed to refract the most light. 

Post # 25
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Round with 6 prongs adds the illusion of more table space (top of diamond).

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Rounds face up the largest, but I don’t think the other cuts look significantly smaller..

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@Taylor4: You are absolutely right. Another cut that has a lot of surface area is cushion. Just to reinforce what you’re saying about round: round as the most optimal faceting for sparkle, but it does not appear larger.

 

The cuts that have the largest surface area do not have the most brilliant sparkle, so there’s a trade-off. All of this has to do with how diamonds refract light. If you notice, cushion cuts look really big from above but are very shallow in depth.

 

I’m surprised everyone is answering “round.”

 

 

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

(And technically cut refers to the style faceting, whereas shape– round, oval, marquise, etc– is more relevant to the topic of how big the stone appears.)

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m surprised by everyone saying round, when I did my research it did NOT say that. It said “fancy shapes” such as pear, and marquis look the largest. Here is a picture to show you:

 

This is my mother’s .63 pear shaped diamond and my 1.03 round brilliant. Her stone looks almost as big as mine, and it’s .40 smaller!! Sorry the picture is not so great, I took a bunch but couldn’t get it to look super clear!

 

Post # 30
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Cushions do not have an ideal cut ratio like round diamonds do. Thus, every single cushion diamond is different and very difficult to evaluate without seeing it. That being said, not all cushions are square and it is possible to find a cushion diamond that is rectangular and faces up rather large without comprimising its sparkle or fire. This takes a lot research but this kind of a diamond looks quite large…

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Round brilliant cuts tend to face up the largest. Emerald cuts tend to offer more table percentage than asscher cuts. Princess cuts often need more depth than other square cuts so they face up smaller so a 1 carat princess cut diamond that is well cut will look smaller than a 1 carat emerald cut diamond that is well cut. Different cuts have to carry their weight in different spots. Also the cut is a key factor, you want to aim for a certain table (the part you see) percentage, each cut has its ideal table percentage range where you get the biggest looking diamond with the most amount of sparkle. Each cut needs a certain amount of depth/ substance to make the cuts in the diamond to produce the light refraction. If a diamond cutter cuts the diamond so that it has more of a table and is left with less space to make the cuts, the diamond will look big for its weight but will have less sparkle. Sometimes diamonds carry too much weight below and face up small, so you get a diamond with s smaller table but it will staill sparkle a lot.

This website is GREAT for info.

http://www.diamondsourceva.com/Education/Cut/Cut.asp

Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i’ve been told from jewelers that pear and marquis cuts have the biggest top surface area.

round cuts are def. more expensive if you have the same carat and quality stone side by side with another because it has more ‘cuts’ but they do not have the biggest ‘look’ to them.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Marquis looks the biggest for sure…when I hold a 3 ct round next to a 3 ct Marquis, it looks SOOOOOOOOOOO much bigger then the round

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Marquise all the way looks big to me out of all the diamond shapes.

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