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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 JamesAllen.com 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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Jessica Thomas

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Fancy Shaped Diamonds: Discover Your Unique Style

Are you gearing up for that special proposal or perhaps ready to invest in new sparkle? Take a peek at our fancy shaped diamonds, and see our top picks! 

Fancy diamond engagement ring

A fancy shaped diamond is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to dazzle with a trendy yet timeless diamond. If you’re not sure what these diamonds look like, don’t panic. We’ve taken the time to explain why we love our favorite diamond cuts and why you’ll fall head over heels for them, too. 

We’ve covered just about any style, from elongated shapes like marquise and oval to square favorites like cushion and asscher. Each diamond cut comes with its own pros and cons, but we’ll let you be the judge of what shape intrigues you most. 

Over time, popularity shifts between which diamond shapes are going to offer the most finger space coverage and sparkle. No matter your preference, there’s a unique diamond for everyone and yearly engagement ring trends to help sway you. Keep reading to learn more about our top picks.

Oval Cut Diamonds

The oval cut is considered to be the second most popular fancy shaped diamond, after the classic round cut. This cut proves to be elegant in every way that matters and can often appear larger than it is because of its elongated shape. 

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Infinity Solitaire Engagement Ring

How to promise forever? With a sleek and timeless infinity solitaire engagement ring, of course.

Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

It’s the ribbon of pavé circling the center diamond for us.  

Emerald Cut Diamonds

Emerald cut diamonds are a stunning choice for those who want clean-cut lines and symmetry. Stonecutters created this fancy shaped diamond by using the same cut as emeralds. This diamond, as a result, has a large surface area with pristine clarity, a feature that will make anyone wearing it the emerald green-envy of their friends. 

One of the most famous emerald cuts sits on the hand of Queen B herself, and who doesn’t want to feel like they’re mirroring Beyonce’s style? 

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

This French cut pavé diamond engagement ring will make you shine bright from every angle with sparkling confidence. 

Regal Frame Engagement Ring

18K Yellow Gold Regal Frame Diamond Engagement Ring

This engagement ring screams vintage romance. 

Asscher Cut Diamonds

The Asscher cut is similar to an emerald cut, except it’s in square form with cropped corners. It pairs beautifully with smaller diamonds to create a three stone design with the asscher diamond at the center. 

These stunning diamonds are clear and bright, often sparkling the way they do because of their centralized facets. 

They won’t give the same finger coverage as a pear or oval shape, but their unique pattern is enchanting for anyone looking to wear vintage glamor. 

Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Simple yet so expressive. This asscher-shaped center diamond, along with the pavé octagon halo, is the perfect blend of sparkle and sophistication. 

Bezel & Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Antique Bezel And Pavé Set Engagement Ring

Looking for something with vintage boldness? This engagement piece is a knockout with its cleverly designed pavé and bezel accents.

Pear Shaped Diamonds

A shimmering delight is what you’ll get when wearing this pear shaped diamond. It shares a common structure with the marquise cut; the only difference is a pointed tip with a rounded edge on top. A pear cut is effortlessly graceful and never fails to get that ‘wow” reaction.

These diamonds come with a bow tie as a result of the stretching facets. As a fancy shaped diamond, this dark spot could be a stunning character feature of the piece or one that you choose to minimize by finding a longer and narrow pear shape.

Prong-Set Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Prong Set Diamond Engagement Ring

There’s no escaping the appeal of this dynamic prong set which exposes the center and side diamonds to the most light possible to create a magical glimmer.

Laurel Leaves Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Laurel Leaves Diamond Engagement Ring

A unique and earthy beauty. This piece is the perfect blend of elegance and nature and shines bright with four marquise diamonds surrounding the dazzling pear-cut diamond.    

Marquise Cut Diamonds

We consider this boat-shaped diamond to be the most “fancy” as its historical heritage goes back centuries and was modeled by royalty. Known as the “navette” diamond, French for “little ship,” the marquise cut captures the eye with its point to point symmetry and Elvin sophistication. 

This cut is not only perfect for diamond engagement rings but compliments other gems like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring (Six Prong)

Looking for a classic with a twist? This petite and elegant piece has spirit with a neat marquise cut diamond at center stage with a comfy yellow gold band. 

Pavè Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Who doesn’t love a diamond-encrusted setting contouring a breathtaking marquise cut? We know we do.

Cushion Cut Diamonds

Cushion cut diamonds have a lot going for them. You’ll find these gorgeous beauties on the hands of celebrities from the likes of Gabrielle Union, to Sofia Vegara. Not only do they have a classic appeal with a rich history, but they’re overwhelmingly wholesome given their complexities. 

Their soft pillow-like appearance is a pleasant contrast from our other favorite fancy shaped diamonds, which sport sharper edges. We highly recommend this shape if you’re looking for a delicate temperament diamond.

Two-Tone Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Gold Two-Tone 2.0mm Comfort-Fit Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring

A two-toned ring band is a simple and fun way to wear a chic classic with a modern touch.

Three Stone Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Diamond Three Stone Ring

This engagement ring looks as durable as it does stylish. Each diamond is held in place with seamless weaving that only adds to the ring’s strapping features.  

Final Thoughts

When it comes to picking the right fancy shaped diamond for you, James Allen has all the tools and convenience you need to browse and design your own engagement ring online. Visit our education center for all you need to know about diamond shapes to fine jewelry, and more! 

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Jessica Thomas

Jessica feels too much anxiety trying to come up with a cool bio. Read her awesome blog post instead.

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