What are the best ways to get a bigger engagement ring? There’s good news! You don’t have to splash out thousands on a huge solitaire. You can get a large, eye catching ring at a very affordable price – if you understand how settings enhance a ring’s appearance.
1. Halo Setting
A halo ring is where the centre diamond or gem is surrounded by a sparkling circle of smaller stones. It can add up to 2.5mm more sparkle to your ring. There are lots of designs and shapes to choose from. Double and triple halos add even more size!
Sidestones are another great way to get a bigger engagement ring. These are additional diamonds, which are set on the ring’s band. They add luxury and sparkle because they look and feel much more substantial than a solitaire on a plain band. And if you combine sidestones with a halo, your ring is guaranteed to catch the eye.
3. Diamond Cluster
Lots of small diamonds set close together is called a ‘diamond cluster’. Small diamonds tend to have a lower per-carat price than big solitaires. So this is a great way to add volume to your ring while keeping the price within reason. Some diamond clusters are set shapes. Others are placed so they create the illusion of a bigger diamond.
4. Vintage Style
If you have your heart set on a large but affordable diamond ring, many vintage style rings have elaborate shapes. This has two benefits. Firstly, the elaborate setting gives the ring more size. Secondly, the smaller diamonds used reduce the carat price considerably.
Rubies and sapphires are popular in engagement rings. Not only because they’re beautiful, sparkling and come in many colours. They’re almost as hard as diamonds, so they’ll last a lifetime. Their carat price is lower than diamonds and therefore gems mean you can afford a much bigger ring without forgoing quality.
6. Bridal Sets
Bridal sets consist of a matching diamond engagement ring and a wedding band. They fit flawlessly on your finger and they’re a smart way to get a bigger engagement ring. This is because when you buy more diamonds (two rings) at once, it reduces the overall per-carat price. Meaning you’ll spend 30-50% less when buying both rings together as a set, compared to if you purchased them separately.
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