Diamond Sparkle: How To Maximize Your Glow

Looking for ways to get the most sparkle out of your diamond center stone? You’ll find all our helpful tips and tricks on maximizing the appearance of your diamond and getting it to shine. 

Diamond Sparkle

It’s no surprise that diamonds have remained the most popular choice for engagement ring center stones as they always bring their fire and brilliance. Diamond sparkle is something unique that you may not find in every gem, and that’s why they’re so sought after.

But not all diamonds sparkle equally. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that bigger diamonds are the only ones that can bring the shine. It’s important to get the correct information on what makes a diamond sparkle well. Tricks of the trade can help you find the size and shape that works for your budget and make your ring finger glitter. 

If you want to know how to maximize your diamond sparkle, take a walk with us as we break down six basic rules to get more sparkle out of your engagement ring.

Rule No. 1: Cut Is Key 

People often mistake carat weight as the most important factor when picking a diamond. We’re here to tell you that cut influences all the major 4 C’s; cut, carat, color, and clarity, and should be your first consideration always. 

How the diamond is cut, whether too shallow or too deep, affects the overall sparkle of the diamond. Let’s breakdown how light is reflected off the diamond creating that shine we love:

The light first enters the diamond and is then reflected off its interior surfaces before exiting the stone. If the diamond is cut well, the light will reflect and refract enough to show off its fire and brilliance. 

A well-cut diamond will also appear larger than a poorly cut one of the same carat weight, with better overall color and clarity.  

Rule No. 2: Consider A Lab-Grown Diamond 

Not only are lab-created diamonds physically, chemically, and optically identical to earth-created ones, but they also come with a cheaper price tag. 

At James Allen, our premier collection of True Hearts™ diamonds are Ideal Diamonds, perfectly proportioned to refract light, producing only the best diamond sparkle. 

Rule No 3: Try On A Fancy Shaped Diamond 

While bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, there are specific diamond cuts that can give you more diamond glow and extra finger coverage.

Popular elongated fancy shaped diamonds like oval, pear, marquise, and emerald cuts are perfect if your goal is to enhance the size of your center stone. Many of these diamond shapes are a popular alternative to the classic round brilliant and can make light dance and add a unique feature to your engagement ring. 

If you’re looking for something with a little edge and a bolder outline, consider going for square-shaped diamonds like princess cut, cushion cut, or Asscher cut. These diamonds are known for their clarity and ability to make light dance.

Rule No. 4: Set Your Diamond With A Pavé Band 

Looking for more sparkle on your band as a shining complement to your center stone? We’ve got just the setting for that! 

Pavé bands are becoming a more popular choice as modern-day engagement rings settings because they add that extra sparkle. If your diamond sparkle is not the problem as you simply want your entire ring to have that sparkle factor, pavé is the way to go. 

No matter which way you twist and turn, you better believe your ring will shimmer at every angle. 

Rule No. 5: Say Halo To Your Diamond’s Best Friend

Like the pavé setting, a pavé halo encircling your diamond can elevate its sparkle while also making it appear large. A halo is a perfect accessory to a smaller center diamond that needs just a splash of glitter to bring out its ultimate glow. 

This smart optical illusion is a popular go-to for couples on a budget. Not only does it add to the overall sparkle of the engagement ring, but a halo works with just about any fancy shaped diamond. 

Rule No. 6: Keep Your Diamond Clean 

Diamond upkeep is essential to maintain that glow for many years to come, as dirty diamonds don’t sparkle. We’re all about DIY diamond cleaning, so we’ll let you in on how to treat your gem with care from the comfort of your own home.

All you’ll need is:

  • A toothbrush 
  • Mild dish soap or ammonia 
  • Polishing cloth/ microfiber cloth
  • Two bowls

Steps to clean your diamond:

  1. Add lukewarm water to the two bowls and a few drops of dish soap/ammonia to one of them.
  2. Using the toothbrush, gently use the soapy solution to clean your diamond (circular brush strokes are always better.) 
  3. Once you’re satisfied, rinse any excess oil or soap from your ring and dry it using the cloth.

To Sum It Up

There are so many fun and calculated ways to maximize the appearance and sparkle of your ring. Share your favorite tip with your partner, or use our fun feature to drop them a hint if you’ve already designed your dream engagement ring.

Contact us at for our interactive Real-time Diamond Inspection service, where our experts will walk you through the attributes of your favorite diamonds in Super Zoom magnification.

Further Reading That’ll Put a Twinkle in your Eye:

  1. Why Diamond Cut Matters Most
  2. Essential Diamond Terminology
  3. Fancy Shaped Diamonds: Discover Your Unique Style

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Why Diamond Cut Matters Most

Choose the right diamond cut, and the rest will take care of itself.

3 different diamond cuts

The 4 C’s: Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat. 

Out of the 4, CUT MATTERS MOST!

Why? The right diamond cut plays up your diamond’s better qualities while hiding its not-as-perfect aspects. By choosing the right diamond cut you’re giving yourself the freedom to compromise on some of the other 3 C’s. Meaning, you don’t have to get all the 4 C’s totally perfect. 

A good diamond cut will make it look as if you broke the bank on an all-around stunner – but only YOU will know you stayed well within budget!

Let’s go through the most popular diamond cuts to see which of the other 3 C’s (carat, clarity, color) you should spend money to flaunt, and which you can save your money on.


Spend On: Carat

  • As the most popular diamond cut, everyone is familiar with a round-cut diamond’s carat weight. Bigger = more impressive.

Save On: Color

  • Pair a warmer-colored diamond with a setting in similarly warm metal (like yellow or rose gold) to hide your stone’s tone.

Etched Rope Round Cut

14K Yellow Gold Etched Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring


Spend on: Carat

  • The princess cut loses less mass than other shapes during its rough cutting. This means that carat for carat, it’s a better value for money. Going for a bit higher carat weight can make that already impressive stone look even BIGGER.

Save on: Clarity

  • A princess cut’s 58 facets hide inclusions really, really well.

Channel-Set Princess Cut

14K Rose Gold Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring


Spend on: Clarity

  • The relatively few facets in an emerald cut easily reveal inclusions. Don’t skimp on clarity!

Save on: Carat

  • The elongated shape of an emerald cut makes it look large for its carat weight. Choose a slightly smaller carat weight and no one will be able to tell the difference.

Triple Emerald-Cut

14K White Gold Three Stone Emerald And Pave Set Diamond Engagement Ring


Spend on: Color

  • The pillow shape tends to reveal color, so make sure to go with a more colorless diamond if you’re set on white metals.

Save on: Clarity

  • The crushed-ice appearance of a cushion cut hides inclusions quite well.

Split-Shank Cushion Cut

14K White Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring


Spend on: Color

  • The pointed end of the pear shape doesn’t reflect light nearly as well as the round part, so it’s more likely to reveal the stone’s true color. To avoid those ‘warmer’ yellow tones, opt for a high grade on the color scale.

Save on: Carat

  • The length of a pear cut tricks the eye and seems larger than it actually is.

Laurel Cluster Pear Cut

Laurel Cluster Pear Cut ring


Spend on: Carat

  • A higher carat weight shows. Going for a larger stone is worth the cost.

Save on: Clarity

  • Lots of facets = lots of places for inclusions to “disappear” into.

Marquise and Radiant Cut

14K Rose Gold Marquise Shape Three Stone Ring

Our advice:

Pick which C is most important to you and spend your money on the diamond cut that highlights it. If you pick the right cut, your diamond ring will look absolutely brilliant.

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