(Closed) Diamonds stressing me out!!!

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

In my opinion 1.25 carats doesn’t look small on anyone

I’m a size 6.5 ring finger and my ring is 1 carat center + 3/4 carat on the band and it looks plenty big.

Do you know if she likes solitaires or side stones or a halo? The halo style (diamonds circling the center stone) will make the stone look bigger on her finger. Maybe your sister can get more information from her for you?

Post # 4
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m the same height and ring size as your gf. I think a 1.25 princess would look good! I wouldn’t go too much smaller than that, though, as princesses tend to “face up” (look smaller in proportion to carat weight) than rounds. It’s also a fancy shape so you’ll want to consider length/width ratio, among other things.

I think making a thread about this on the Pricescope forums will help you a lot better. They will ask for your budget and help you find the perfect stone. They’ll also be able to give advice on finding a setting proportionate to your girl’s finger.

Good luck!

Post # 5
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@the4cwhat:  I think 1.25 is a good size. Make sure it’s a really good cut (like “ideal” or “excellent”) because that determines how much it sparkles, and that helps it look bigger. Most girls prefer quality over size (to a certain point anyway) – don’t compromise on cut.

In my option, a thick band always makes the diamond look smaller. I wouldn’t get a crazy thin band (like less than 2mm) but I don’t see what’s wrong with getting a thinner band to highlight the center stone. You can do a search on here to get an idea what size 8 fingers look like with a variety of rings. Here’s some examples:

Size 7+ finger?? Calling all ladies!!

Ladies show me your ring if your finger is a size 8.

If you can afford to go bigger, then do so… but personally I wouldn’t want worse than G color, VS2 clarity, and excellent/ideal cut. You could drop down to SI1 if you can verify it’s eye clean. Depending on how color sensitive your lady is, she may be able to see yellow in a H, I, J color. G and above is safe in my books!

Hope this helps!

Post # 6
82 posts
Worker bee

@the4cwhat:  If a 1.25ct is within budget, get it.  It’s not like a 2.5ct will be twice as big.  I can’t tell the difference between 1.25ct and, let’s say, 1.5ct.  Diamonds make a huge jump in price at the .5ct interval, so if you were to get a 1.51ct, you’d be paying a big price jump + the size difference is not noticeable.  


Post # 8
2287 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Does she like big or dainty rings? Is her style classic, modern, or vintage/antique? Look at her jewelry collection. I think a 1.25 is a great size. If you go with a split band it will giver her finger more coverage. But it you want it to face up bigger you can try to find one with a halo.

Post # 9
1841 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

What @canarydiamond:  said is exactly what I was going to say.  Don’t buy a substandard 1.25 ct princess because it’s the largest size you can afford.  Better to scale back on carat weight and get no less than an ideal cut with other excellent specifications.

As for the semi-mount, I would say that a 2mm width or more would be fine.  Mine is 4mm wide on my size 7.25 finger, and it looks fine (IMO).

Good luck with your shopping and keep us posted!  We LOVE ring porn!

Post # 10
4714 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

I have a 1 ct princess and a size 8 finger and I wish mine was bigger. Go 1.25 but make sure all the C’s are all good too ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck and don’t forget to share a pic when u get it ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
729 posts
Busy bee

@the4cwhat:  1.25 ct is a great size diamond and would do well on her size 8 finger… Where you can enhance size or bling if that’s important to your girl is in the setting..  We need to know if her pref is a solitare style. Halo ..Or . Pave 

The structure of the Ering setting can give the illusion of a larger center stone.  Considering your gf’s height, she may have long fingers…. Too thin of a band may be lost on her finger or look too petite for her hand size… Again factor in her personal tastes, her type of work, her social physical activities…. However to answer your question a 1.25 ct diamond will be stunning in a princess cut…. Just factor her her personal likes and dislikes with ring styles and then start your search from there…. Plz share the final outcome of the chosen Ering ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Post # 12
764 posts
Busy bee

propose with the diamond in a cheap solitare setting and tell her you want to pick the mount together. UNLESS your sister already knows the exact ring she’d want. I don’t get the whole surprise element thing. just ask her to be a part of it.

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