What do you consider a small diamond?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Not quite sure what classifies as small but mine is smaller than yours for sure!

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I would say anything under a half carat is small. Yours sounds pretty middle ground 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Below .50 is what I would consider small 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I would say that anything around or under .33 would be “small” for me (and some of the prettiest diamonds I’ve EVER seen were “small” by those standards.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I don’t think a .7 carat is small at all! My center stone will be a half carat and sometimes I feel like that is going to be so conspicuous because I don’t wear a lot of jewelry.

I think it’s hard to say what is “small” since personal tastes and stone cuts are so different. Also, what seems small in one setting may seem larger in another.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Under .50 of a carat, I would consider small. That’s not to say they’d be any less gorgeous!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

It’s all relative. I think 0.7 is perfectly respectable, and the most important thing is that you love it (and your FI too :)).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My main stone is .73 and I do not consider it small  🙂 it’s also set high so it appears a little bigger. I would consider anything under .50ish to be on the smaller side. 

ETA- I think it depends a lot on where you live. I used to live in Southern California and anything under 1 carat would be considered small. Now I live in the pacific northwest and women I work with have actually called my ring big! 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

In my mind, anything under 1 ct is small…but that’s not a bad thing! Besides, the answer will vary greatly depending on where you live. A 2 ct could be considered small in NYC.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I think my diamond is small and its a .33. I think a .7 is pretty much the perfect size dimond. I think 1 ct is pretty big. I definetly think its where you live. Even though I think .33 is small MANY many many of my friends have dimonds that size. I rarely know anyone with 1 ct even though most of my friends are upper middle class professionals.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think it totally depends where you live, and your finger size. I also think small diamonds are lovely and sparkly just the same. To me .5 and below is small. .7 is healthy average, 1 carat is big, and 1.5 and beyond is big big. 2 carats is huge anywhere (I live in NYC… I see them; but theyre still huge!).

Reassure your FI that you absolutely love your ring. If at your 10 year anni he still feels like that, gosh I guess just let him get you another one 🙂 but never give up that .7! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Your diamond was my dream size. Mine is around .20 to .25 carat.  I remember growing up, it was such a big deal if anyone got a 1 carat diamond. But now, it seems everyone around me has huge massive diamonds.  I do see my ring as quite small.  It is pretty obvious in my surroundings as I don’t really see anyone with small rings anymore.    A lot of people seem afraid to look or make comment on my ring because they are sporting a big one and I really sense that awkwardness from them. I also can’t help to think part of the big diamonds are more prevalent because more people are okay with the idea of having stimulants since a majority of people can’t tell the difference nor do they care to. Some I feel like some people are jonesing assuming everyone has a diamond and that cause a shift in some of the style trends and spending.

I am not going to allow myself to feel bad or insecure about my ring because the diamond is beautiful and puts quite on a show with her sparkle and I do see how it catches others attention. I consider it a joy for my eyes and pleasure.  After all, my fiancé bought it for me.  I truly do like petite rings equally as large ones. My ring does  fits my personality, ease of daily wear and I happen to think it is chic. What people don’t know is that my fiancé spends a lot of money to come visit me.  Round trip tickets to the US from Australia are not cheap at all, around 1500 dollars each trip for one person.  Good thing he is moving to the US in three months.  He had to make a budget for the rings since he is paying for them and the whole wedding in cash as well as wanting to make sure we start our marriage on solid foundation. Just knowing this makes me feel safe and secure in him because I know he is working hard with investing in our future and our well beings in the best way with what he knows and got and that is more than enough for me.  My security is in him and not some rock on my hand. Maybe someday I will get more diamond jewelry… I don’t want to ever change my current ring though, because I want to always cherish the memories that came with it. So I don’t associate small diamonds meaning that my fiancé can’t provide. Quite the opposite in my case.

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by  AngelineRose.
Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

I was married with a small diamond; it was a .26 stone, and I wore it for 15 years. Interestingly enough, I was just as married with that ring as I am with the upgrade DH bought. I would have been just as married with no ring at all. The size of the ring has nothing to do with the size of the commitment. And FWIW, I think a .70 ct stone is a beautiful size.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Size preferences are so subjective. Personally, I’d classify anything under 0.3 carats as small – for me. 0.3 carats might be someone else’s perfect size. I think 1 carat is way huge and not for me, but some other people think something that size is too small (especially on this site, and other wedding sites, which tend to skew large). You just have to go with what you like – literally no one else is judging the size of your ring. For what it’s worth, 0.7 carats is plenty large.

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