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Big Diamond Rings

by Sophia Huxley
Last updated on August 24, 2022

When it comes to engagement rings, for many bigger is better. From Elizabeth Taylor to Paris Hilton, famous celebrities have unveiled magnificently large diamond engagement rings over the years, and now with lab-grown diamonds, you don’t need to be a VIP to feel like one. Consider whether a large diamond ring is the right choice for you, and see whether you’re ready to follow in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie and Mariah Carey by rocking big diamond rings.

What Does Big Mean For Engagement Rings?

So how big is big for a diamond ring? Today’s average carat weight of the center stone in rings is around a 1.25-1.5 carat diamond. Anything bigger than this average is considered big, and because people prefer bigger diamonds each year, what constitutes a large diamond ring is always shifting. A 2-carat diamond or above is a safe bet to stay well within the large diamond ring category.

Why A Big Diamond Ring?

While some people like lots of smaller diamonds to add sparkle to their jewelry, others prefer one concentrated source of sparkle. Some even add pavé stones to their large diamond ring so they can get an amped-up glam style.

Many people search for a large carat diamond ring because they want to find something that can become a family heirloom or simply because they want to have an engagement ring that people will remember. If you are a glam fan or just love diamonds, you are more than qualified for this kind of engagement ring.

The Showstopper: Selecting a Large Center Diamond

Here are a few things you will want to keep in mind as you shop for your large diamond ring.

Setting Metal

When looking for a showstopper ring, you want to consider the metal of your jewelry. Platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold are all durable, luxurious choices that will protect your large size diamond. You will find you have the best experience with these metals in terms of long-term wear.

Diamond Cut

You can absolutely get a gorgeous large diamond without breaking the bank. The best way to stay within your budget but still walk away thrilled with the ring you choose is to opt for fancy cut diamonds. Pear cut, princess cut, cushion cut, emerald cut, and any other fancy cut of a similar carat weight tend to be priced lower than a round cut diamond. This is because of the popularity and demand for round cut diamonds, so this pricing is not a matter of any particular issue with fancy cut diamonds.

Just imagine feeling like a princess with a fancy cut diamond ring, only to realize you also managed to save money! Definitely give pear diamonds your special attention. They are an excellent, unique diamond shape that can’t help but draw eyes.

Jennifer Aniston, Queen of Big Diamond Rings

While we’d love to talk about the large rings, Paris Hilton has received or discuss the gorgeous rings Kanye West has proposed with. We would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the big diamond queen herself, Jennifer Anniston! Her fabulous ring, which her ex-husband Justin Theroux proposed with, is a 9-carat cushion-cut diamond set in a solitaire style band.

We cannot help but be wowed but such a glamorous piece, and we also can’t stop wondering how such a delicate band can hold such a massive diamond. Jewelry like this really is once in a lifetime.