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How big is a 1 carat diamond, really? (If only it were that simple).

How different diamond shapes stack up in size

Carat, as you might already know, is a measure of weight, not size. Similar to people, each diamond wears it’s weight a little different. You might hear a diamond dealer use the word “spread” when referring to a diamond’s size. A “spready” diamond is one that looks bigger then it is.

Pear and oval shaped diamonds are wider and more flat, whereas round brilliants and Asscher cuts tend to run deeper. If you’re looking for the best bang for you buck, look no further then a Marquise. This flat, generous diamond shape not only elongates the finger but looks nearly twice as big as it’s round cousin.

If you’re flexible on shape, this can be a great way to get a diamond that looks bigger without costing more, and while historically the round brilliant has reigned supreme, we think the other cuts are just as dazzling.