- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
Ok I keep seeing all these posts about ring size and carat size and I must say it annoys me! It annoys the total bejesus out of me! Why?
When you post charts on the percentage of finger coverage its all about ideals. How often do we hit the ideal perfection? ALMOST NEVER!
First we’ll talk about fingers. Your finger size is just how big around you finger is. This does not take in effect other factors at all! These other factors will effect how big or small a ring will look on your finger first and then your hand. Perhaps the largest variable on this list that no one seems to consider is the length of your finger! You could have a size 4 finger and 9 inch fingers and a 2 carat diamond is going to look small or a size 8 finger thats 2 inches of dwarf and its going to look huge! Then there is the proportion of finger length vs palm length. Your ring may look big on stubby fingers but tiny on hands that are larger in general. The opposite is true with long fingers on small hands.
Now to stone sizes. I say stones in general because a carat is a weight, it is not a size! A carat of diamond is bigger than a sapphire for instance because the sapphire is denser and cut differently. A diamond is cut for radience, a sapphire is cut for color. This means a sapphire is cut deeper than a diamond.
To further the arguement on stone sizes we’re dealing with ideals again. An ideal cut 2 carat diamond is roughly 8mm, a 2.4 sapphire is the same. However how often do we deal in ideals? Depending on the stone one 2 carat diamond maybe shallow cut and 8.4mm another deep cut at 7.7. Those little differences can make a difference.
Then we have shape! Each shape has different ratios per size. Certain shapes like rounds have more of the stone facing up than others. So we get more variation in how big is your stone really going to be at a give carat weight.
All of these variables just makes it a very weird question to me. You’re either asking for ideals that you probably wont match, or for other peoples photos who’s ratios will be different than your own. You can get an idea of things, but its an idea. It is however not necessarily what the end product will be. If you want to know what something is going to look like go try a ring on with the specks your looking at or place the unset stone on your hand. Try different shapes too. This is how we chose my stone. Ok I’m done now. End rant.