Post # 1
My boyfriend and I are currently shopping for my first ring (we are going to upgrade in a few years, but we’re still young -20 and 23- so money is pretty tight right now) so all he can really afford is a smaller ring. That’s fine with me, I don’t want to be a pain…but I have pretty fat fingers, they’re a size 9.
That is the ring I have fallen in love with and he is going to order for me, but I wanted some feedback as to what you ladies think it might look like on my finger? It’s just a little thing and I just don’t want it to look completely awful.The center stone is 1/4 carat and the tcw is 1/2. I love it, but I’m just worried.
If any of you ladies with larger fingers like mine would post a pic of your rings and tell me your ring size/carat weight it would also be helpful.
I’m just having an unhealthy freakout about this. 😛
Post # 3
My fingers are a 7.75 and I freaked about the same thing. I don’t have a problem with finger coverage but I do with ‘finger fat’ and freaked for months about it happening. I looked at split shank rings to give more coverage and lessen the finger fat. The stone is 1ct but I’m not sure about halo size.
Have you tried going into jewlery stores and pretending to be interested to get an idea of how a 1/2 ct stone will look on your finger.
Post # 4
My center stone is 1 carat, but I do have size 9 fingers like you!
Post # 5
@raychul13: Wow, those rings are gorgeous. I almost wish I had seen them before I got my ring. My weakness is halos with a plain shank.
And I think that the size will look fine. Theres plenty of threads on here devoted to smaller rings, you could look through them and get a feel for the size.
This thread might help you out.
This is a .50 size 9. Yours will look bigger because of the halo.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park
I am a size 7.75 and my ring is 1/4 ct total weight.
Post # 7
I am a size 10.25 (!) and it’s a 0.43 carat ring. You will be fine!
Post # 8
@raychul13: have you considered getting a moissy to start out with? Get the setting you love, with the size stone you prefer, then upgrade when you can. That’s most def what I would do! 🙂 I am only a 3.5, so a half carat would look big on me, lol.
Post # 9
Halos will add like 1-2mm per side, so remember to double it for both sides! It adds a lot of “finger coverage” since 1 ct stones are about 6mm. If you have 2mm thick halo, you just need a 2mm center stone to “equate” it to the visual coverage of a 1 ct.
Anyway, I wanted to say I wouldn’t go with Pompei if I were you. Their diamonds are listed as I1-2 clarity. Those are very very heavily included diamonds, and they aren’t even GIA or AGS certed.. so it can be worse.
I’d also avoid Etsy in general unless it’s a very well-known seller since Etsy (the site itself) has a poor track record of defending a buyer in case anything happens. I prefer eBay and the protection of PayPal. You have triple the protection: eBay itself is super pro-consumer, your PayPal, and your credit card.
Avoid buying from out-of-country, or from sellers that use stock images (meaning it’s either one of those computer generated ones, it’s photoshopped heavily, or if they use the same photos for multiples of listings).
I know you’re young and on a tight budget, and it may be tempting to just find something online and go for it, but please be careful. I was on a very tight budget with my first ring, and FI and I ended up with something that looked like frozen spit because we weren’t realistic with our budget. Luckily, we were able to return it, but we went through HELL to do it and then spent a bunch of money to insure it while it got returned. X_X.
And.. then.. I also have to chime in with the previous poster. Have you thought of Moissy? I finally saw it in person for the first time, and really, it looks realistic to the average person. I could only tell it’s a Moissy when I was seriously scrutinizing it super-up-close. After it was set in a ring and then in a normal distance, I could no longer discern the difference.
Post # 10
Have you considered gemstone rings if you are looking for something more sizeable?
Post # 11
@madelise: awesome, I have been dying to see a moissy in person!
Post # 12
Yes yes yes to everything Madelise has said.
And I second the moissy recommendation. Look, I’m a diamond girl (I own diamonds, work in the industry, handle dozens on a daily basis, etc.) but I think moissanite is great. It has all of the advantages of diamond without the price tag, and is visually very similar. I have a friend who wanted to propose to his girlfriend and he came to me for help. Her fingers are size 11.5 and his budget was about $1500. That posed a challenge. I suggested going with moissanite and the ring looks INCREDIBLE. The finger coverage is fantastic, they look like diamonds, and the whole thing is just beautiful. They love it and thought they might eventually replace the moissanites with diamonds, but after seeing the finished product, just love it the way it is.
Post # 13
@allyfally: your ring is so beautiful and looks just great on your finger!
Post # 14
@raychul13: That ring is not soooo tiny. The center stone may be 1/4 ct., but with the halo it will look bigger than it is. I think you’ll be fine, even with a size 9 finger.
Post # 15
If you are really worried about the size of the stone I would recommend looking into alternative stones. Moissanite, sapphires (not always more affordable), morganite, etc can give you more size for your $$$. If you are set on diamond that’s cool too! Just pointing out some options.
Post # 16
I wear a size 8 ring. My diamond is a 0.76 carat princess cut.