One of the biggest factors to consider when designing your dream engagement ring is your desired diamond carat size. When allocating your budget, it can be smart to make compromises in certain aspects of cut and clarity to upgrade the size of your center stone. At the end of the day, it will have the most visual impact, whereas some of the details of cut and clarity contribute more to the paperwork than they do to the actual beauty of the diamond. If you're curious about how different carat sizes present themselves in an engagement ring setting, keep scrolling for photos of gorgeous rings in every diamond shape and carat size.
From a striking one carat solitaire to a larger-than-life rock in the double digits, here's a visual guide to diamond carat sizes.