Post # 1
Hi everyone. My boyfriend and I have been discussing engagement for about a month now. He wants me to pick out my engagement ring (and I am 100% OK with that)! However, I have no idea what I want. I have large fingers (size 8.5), so I am torn on diamond size. Everyone keeps telling me that 1 carat is “huge,” but I feel like it looks teenie tiny on my large fingers. Does anyone have any pictures of a 2+ carat cushion or round solitaire (no halo) on a size 8+ finger? Thanks!
Post # 3
@AnnieEsq: It sounds like you tried on a few rings, so you do have a good idea of what you’re talking about. Do you know what your SO’s budget is like? I know it’s an odd question, but if you want a diamond, then a 2 carat stone would be pretty expensive. To give you an idea, the 2 carat diamonds on Blue Nile start at about $10,000.
Post # 4
Also, depending on the cushion (whether it’s enlongated or not), it might look different than a larger round would.
Post # 5
@AnnieEsq: Go to some chain stores (jared’s, kay’s, etc) and try on different size stones! But before you do, I recommend finding out the budget. The metal will cost you $400-1,500 depending on the detail and metal you choose. Stones of every shape get very pricy after 1 ct.
All that said, I have size 5.5 RB solitare and I do think it looks big on my finger. If I were going with a different shape, I would go up to at least 1.5 ct.
Post # 7
@Pam0927: Good thinking with the chart. OP I think you need to start shopping and trying on some different styles and sizes, this will help you get a better idea of size. Good luck!
Post # 8
Here’s mine – I’ve got an almost 2 carat and my finger size is 7.75. Congrats on your upcoming engagement!
Post # 9
Wow, thanks guys! The chart is very helpful, and tigergrrl2008, your ring is beautiful! I have tried on some rings, but I find that most stores don’t really carry many 2+ carat solitaires that are pre-set — most have halos or something like that. In any event, I’ll keep looking around :). Thanks again guys!
Post # 10
@Pam0927: Using that chart, I have 40% finger coverage:
Post # 12
If you want coverage, get a round brilliant. They face up the biggest — cushions face up relatively small for the weight. I have size 7.75 fingers and a 0.86 carat cushion. The millimeter size is equivalent to a 0.7-0.75 round. I think it’s a good size on my finger, but I could probably stand to go a little bigger too.
Post # 13
“1 carat is huge”…as you said, that depends on finger size! And I’d add it depends on where you live 😉 Here in Toronto 1 carat is decent, but not “huge”, hehe. Go bigger if you can afford it!
Post # 14
@AnnieEsq: 2 carats definitely would be a nice size on you… rounds face up the largest.
Just remember the cut is the most important factor. A poorly cut 2 carat will look smaller than a well cut 1.75 carat. Also, better cut = more sparkly = looks nicer.
Play around on Blue Nile to see what you can price out 2 carat wise. Keep in mind though that for a good round brilliant 2 carat, you’re looking at around $20K+. For me, I personally wouldn’t go any worse than excellent/ideal cut, H color, VS2 (only if eye clean, some are not).
I have 5.5 fingers and I tried on 2 carat solitaires at Tiffany’s, but somehow they didn’t do it for me. I tried on a smaller diamond in a double halo (Soleste) and I loved it. Just make sure you like a solitaire on your hand.. you may change your mind as I did. I love lots of sparkle/bling, though.
Post # 15
Awesome, thanks! @MrsBroccoli, how many carats is your RB? In terms of cushion v. RB, I am completely torn, but ultimately I will likely go with whatever looks bigger, which probably means RB. In terms of budget, I actually LOVE lower color diamonds (J&K In particular), which helps with pricing alot 🙂 (I almost decided to go with a champagne diamond!). Additionally, I am not going full solitaire — I’ll probably go with solitaire with accents. This is my current favorite setting: http://www.brilliantearth.com/Delicate-Antique-Scroll-Ring-White-Gold-BE141-468/?show_setting_tab=true. But I definitely do need to try some on to make sure I like them. Time to shop for sparklies!
Post # 16
@AnnieEsq: I was just in a Bailey Banks and Biddle store last weekend and was really amazed that they had a large variety of rings to try on (out in the open not behind glass). They had every shape from princess to heart available in .5 up to 3 carat to try on. They also had some halos and other sizes.
I’ve been engaged for 7 months, but still had fun trying on different rings. I wish I had known about that before I got my Radiant..but I still love mine 🙂