A miracle head, or illusion head, is a design specifically created to alter how a gemstone appears. A miracle head can be designed to make a stone look larger, or to make a stone look like a different shaped stone. Below is an example of a ring I designed where a round center diamond is set into a larger, cushion-shaped box. This alters how the stone appears to a casual observer.
Often, a miracle head will have a fluted or scalloped design that mimics the facets of the center store in order to create a more believable illusion.
The fluting or detailing around the stone can vary, but the center will often be set with prongs rather than a bezel. This helps the stone blend into the metal behind it, and look more like one large center stone.
Miracle or illusion settings emphasize your center stone just like halos.They are a great way to add a little extra sparkle and give the illusion of a larger center diamond.