(Closed) Nervous about Carat Size for Surprise Ring

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2269 posts
Buzzing bee

Yes, you are overthinking it. She is going to love it because SHE LOVES YOU. Look at how much thought you’re putting into this!!

I post my ring a lot.. so.. here it is again. Mine is less than a carat and I don’t think it looks too small at all. You be the judge. Here:

Just as a side note: I have fat fingers! I’m a size 8.5 and my stone is .70 carats. I also have a lot of bling on the setting itself. And I love it!

Post # 4
1815 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Ooooh, when I was ring shopping I also looked at those two GNY settings. 🙂 If you are interested, this is the one I ultimately decided one (at about $1300 for platinum, iirc): http://www.uniquesettings.com/products/show/26769 And I was able to get a .75c, D, SI2 (eye clean), ideal, 0/0/0, hearts& arrows center stone ALL for less than $6k. The only reason I bring this up is because your budget is so much higher for similar qualities – I just wonder if you’re getting a good deal or not! I don’t really have a big point, but I’ll throw out the pricescope.com forums as a good reference.

Post # 5
2061 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Go with your .75 – .95 range 🙂  That’s going to be a beautiful ring!! It will be something she has forever and will not want to upgrade because its the ring you picked out for her!

Post # 6
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Is she wanting a round or a princess cut? 1ct princess cut will look like a .75 round. You are looking at the right specs on the diamonds. Mine is a G, VS2,1.02 princess celebration cut diamond and I have 3.5 finger size….We got it out the door $5600 on sale


Post # 8
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Also look into Bluenile, you may find a good deal since it is online and you could always buy the diamond and put it in the setting.

Post # 9
1 posts

I also have small hands, my ring size is a 4.5 and my fiance said he felt the same way about the carat size. his jeweller suggested that he break the carat up so it didnt look to heavy on my hand.

Post # 10
6360 posts
Bee Keeper

Sounds like a substantially sized, high quality stone… you’ve done your homework and it’ll show… I’m sure the ring will be truly beautiful!

I know what you mean about that area to live, but I  doubt her comment was an empty compliment. There are so many other things she could have said to compliment the ring. I think if she said that, she was thinking that. Ask her sister, ask her mom, ask her other friends. Ideally, go with a vendor that gives you a window for exchanges/returns, just in case she really does dream of a honker. Then you’ve definitely got all your bases covered!

Post # 11
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think if she really wanted to compliment her friend’s ring she would have said that it was the size she always dreamed of, no? So I think she’s being honest when she says she thinks 1 carat looks too big on her finger. That said, I do think there’s a surprisingly big difference between a .75 and .9. And also between .9 and 1 carat. If you have the budget, I’d go for somewhere around .85 to 0.9. 

I have small fingers (size 4) and my centre stone is 0.81 ideal cut. 

Post # 12
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

1.02 carats, 3mm band, size 5 fingers! My Fiance got my diamond from Blue Nile. I like it! 

Post # 14
4782 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I have a .75ct on 4.5 size finger. 

Post # 15
3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@gswelec:  I hope this (and your location) means you’re going to Good Old Gold? If so, they’re wonderful. My fiance proposed with one of their August Vintage Cushions. We spent a long time looking at shapes and settings, and he was so happy with their service.

Post # 16
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I say get the full carat! No girl ever complains about her diamond being too big 😉 I’m sure she’ll love it because you picked it and were thoughtful enough to ask your mutual friend and get her the ring she likes – it’s so sweet!

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