(Closed) Need help on carat size. small fingers!!!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My fingers are 4.5 also.  My engagement ring has a 1.25 carat center stone, and IMO I think it would still look good to have a center stone up to 1.5.  Since you are doing a halo, I would think about doing less than 1.2 – maybe closer to 1 carat would be best.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m a 4.5 also and have a center stone of 1/3 carat with diamonds to the sides and top and bottom of it totalling 1/4 carat. My ring looks like it has a lot more diamonds than it does because of how it’s laid out – it’s from the ’20s and has a lot of engraving and filigree. So if money is an issue, you can totally get away with a smaller diamond in the middle when you have a more complicated ring and especially with a halo ring. Have you gone to a jewelry store to try on different size center diamonds? That would help you figure out what you’re comfortable with.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

i also wear a 4.5 and my center stone is .85 with stones down the side and i think its perfect. i have tiny fingers! but if you want it a little bigger i think it would look fine too.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

I think it’s very personal. My solitaire is .8 are I think anything else would look too big on my fingers (size 7.25, but very short)

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m just not sure about this whole “i need x to look right on my finger” thing. I think that there are extremes of course…. maybe a 3ct ring is not right for a size 5 finger. but i really really think that any “average/normal” type size (i’d say .5-2) will look good on any size finger. its just a matter of what you’re used to. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I really think it’s a personal thing that can only be decided by you.  I’d recommend trying on different carat sizes and seeing what YOU love.

You’ve heard so far that only up to 1.5, any bigger than .8 etc is the max size you should go.  I am also a 4.5 and have a 2.03 ct in a tiny halo totaling 2.4 tcw and I could stand to go bigger, so it’s really a matter of what you love! 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@futuremrsmartin11: Here is a bad iPhone pic 🙂

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Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

my fingers are a 4.25 and SHORT. i have a solitaire (just over 1ct) and it looks big. since my fingers are thin, as well as short, anything over 1.25 looks too big on me, when you added a wedding band. one of the reasons i went with a slightly smaller stone was that the 1.2 felt HEAVY on my hand and i didn’t like that. my current ring is still heavy, but i didn’t want to go smaller. when i add a wedding band to my finger (i’ve been looking at ones no larger than 2.5 mm thick), it takes up like 2/3’s of that part of my finger.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Angela83: that chart is cool. Never knew that aesthetics of center stone size of a ring can be categorized so scientifically 😀

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I totally agree with @NapaBride that you need to go try them on. Try on a bunch of different size stones, and see what you love! I don’t think that anything is going to look silly or overbearing.

And @Corgitales–I have small fingers (4.5) and I have a 3 ct. center stone (princess cut) that looks amazing on my finger. Smile So I would even say that your range should be extended by a bit more. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think you need to get used to the look of the ring on your finger before you can really judge. At first it might seem too big but after a couple days it might just look normal. My finger is a size 3.25 and I have a 1.1 ct center stones with two .3 ct pear shaped side stones. I think it looks really good, even now with my wedding band which has channel set diamonds in it (never thought I’d like that much bling!).

 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have small hand (not quite as small as yours) and my stone is .83 and it is PERFECT!  Anything bigger would look gaudy on my hand.

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