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Table of contents:

  1. Carat for small diamonds
  2. Girdle thickness
  3. Diameter and cut
  4. Jewelry combinations

Last revised: March 19, 2019

Small Cuts and Colors: A Guide to Small Memorial Diamonds

When you choose a memorial diamond from Heart In Diamond, you have the opportunity to customize your gem by size, color, and cut. The combination you select will serve as a fitting and beautiful tribute to your loved one and the impact they had on your life.

You can use small diamonds in your engagement ring, pendant or any other type of jewelry.

When you are working with a small memorial diamond, it is especially important to select a color and a cut that will create an eye-catching brilliance. The importance of handling a modest diamond well can lead to many questions. What is, technically, a small diamond? What is the best way to have it cut to maximize its beauty? What colors work best with a tiny diamond?

To help answer these questions, here is a guide to small memorial diamonds. From the definition of a small diamond to a look at the best colors and cuts, this guide will help you to make the most of your small diamond.

Carat-weight is the most common way to determine the size of a diamond. If you are basing your definition of a small memorial diamond on its carat-weight, a small diamond is any gem less than .5 carats.  

The gold standard for measuring the size of the diamond is the carat. The term “carat” refers to the weight of the diamond. The word comes from the Arabic term for the carob bean, which was preferred as a standard of weight because every carob bean weighs almost exactly the same.

Often, a carat is believed to be an indicator of size. However, in reality, a carat is a measurement of weight equal to .2 grams. Thus, the larger the carat size of a diamond, the heavier it is. Carat is one of the 4Cs of diamond grading, along with cut, color, and clarity, and is, therefore, the most important indicator of the size of a diamond.

When considering diamond size, small diamonds are light diamonds that weigh less than .5 carats. Mini diamonds are those that weigh less than one-tenth of a carat. In general, small diamonds are the least expensive of the diamond sizes. This affordability is due mostly to the fact that they are more commonly found in nature than are larger diamonds.

Thanks to their low cost, you can generally expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred to just under a thousand dollars for a modest diamond. Even a flawless diamond of nearly half a carat will only cost you around $2,000.

When having a memorial diamond created by Heart In Diamond, you can choose the size you desire, although the amount of ashes and/or hair you provide may also affect how large the stone turns out (for example, a small number of ashes may yield a smaller diamond).

Medium sized cremation diamonds

Big cremation diamonds

The size of a diamond may also be measured by the thickness of its girdle. This outer edge of the diamond influences how suitable the diamond is for jewelry and reflects the quality of the cut the diamond was given.

Another way in which diamonds are commonly measured is by their girdle thickness. The girdle of a diamond is the widest part of the diamond. It sits between the top of the diamond (called the crown) and the bottom of the diamond (called the pavilion). It is measured in terms ranging from Extremely Thin to Extremely Thick.

The thickness of the girdle can affect the quality of the diamond. For example a very thin girdle is prone to chipping when set in jewelry, while a girdle of uneven thickness reflects a bad cut that can negatively impact the amount of light the diamond reflects, the placement of its facets, and so forth.

An Extremely Thick girdle may add to the overall weight (and therefore price) of the diamond, and make the diamond look smaller (a definite drawback when your diamond is already miniature). When it comes to girdle width, a Thin to Medium diamond is best. This width will be safe for setting in jewelry and will give the diamond the best possible appearance.

Both diameter and cut can also influence how large your small diamond appears.

Even diamonds of the same carat-weight are going to look different from each other based on certain factors. The two most important of these factors are (1 Their diameter and (2 Their cut.

Diameter refers to how long across the diamond is. In diamonds that are not round, the diameter is expressed as a ratio of the length by the width. Some tiny diamonds have truly tiny diameters. For example, a couple of polished diamonds have come out with a diameter of only .5mm, while some diamonds only a few atoms wide are used to make electrical wires.

The diameter (or diameter ratio) determines how fat, or large, the diamond appears. For example, a 1-carat heart-shaped diamond could have a ratio of 6.5mm x 6.5mm or a ratio of 6.15mm x 6.80 mm. The second diamond will appear fatter than the first.

While a wider diameter is likely to make your tiny diamond look bigger, when it comes to small cremation diamonds, the important thing to remember is that the right diameter is a matter of personal preference. You should choose the look that you prefer for your little diamond.

Cut refers to the shape of the diamond when it is formed from a rough diamond into a polished stone ready for setting in jewelry. There are numerous cuts available from which to choose. The most common are the brilliant cut (round), cushion cut, asscher cut, emerald cut, princess cut, oval cut, marquise cut, pear cut, radiant cut (square) and heart cut.

Each of these cuts will affect the perceived size of a little diamond in different ways. Certain cuts can make your diamond look larger. The fancy cut diamonds tend to leave the largest amount of surface area on the diamond and, therefore, make your diamond look larger. For example, a small cushion cut diamond is going to look larger than a small princess cut diamond or a small brilliant cut diamond.

The cuts that maximize the perceived size of the diamond are as follows:

  • Marquise

  • Emerald

  • Oval

  • Pear

  • Cushion

  • Radiant


Other cuts will minimize the perceived size of your miniature diamond. For instance, a small heart-shaped diamond will appear smaller than will a small oval diamond. The cuts that minimize the perceived size of the diamond are as follows:

  • Heart

  • Brilliant


When handling a modestly-sized diamond, you may want to avoid cuts that make it look even smaller. The heart shape in particular can be difficult to see in a tiny diamond. On the other hand, cuts that make the diamond appear wider or longer (such as the oval or pear cuts) can not only add surface area to the diamond but also visually appear larger (thanks to the lengthening or shortening of the diamond).

For the largest possible surface area and appearance, choose an emerald cut. This vintage cut does not reflect light as brilliantly, but has its own unique reflective properties while also maximizing the size of your small diamond.

Combining a small diamond with a beautiful color can make it stand out in jewelry and help you to hide any imperfections within the gem.

The classic diamond is a white diamond. This beautiful, colorless gem is often touted as the ideal type of diamond. However, when you purchase a cremation diamond, you can choose from among five different colors: White, orange-yellow, yellow-green, blue, and red. Each of these colors can hide imperfections or create a more eye-catching look.

For example, a mini or small red diamond, a blue diamond, or an orange diamond might hide slight flaws that would otherwise be more visible in a small brilliant cut in white, making your gem even more beautiful.

In addition, if you want a yellow diamond, you may wish to combine the yellow with a radiant cut. The radiant cut is known for maximizing both the impact and the brilliance of the yellow. As a result, it can help you to create a memorial diamond that truly stands out as a bright tribute to your loved one.

In addition, a colored diamond can make your gem stand out in whatever jewelry setting you use. For example, a little brilliant cut diamond in red, or a little brilliant cut diamond in blue will boast a richness and a uniqueness that will catch the attention of everyone who looks at your jewelry.

Small diamonds can make a big impression with the right cut and a rich color. Fancy cuts, rich colors, and a jewelry setting that maximize the gem’s beauty can transform a tiny diamond into an unforgettable tribute to an unforgettable person.

Cremation diamond sizes

Our consultants understand the emotional weight of making this important decision. To guide you through the process and help you create your never ending bond, please talk to us.
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