What do you value in an engagement ring? Size or Quality?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What would you rather have?
    A bigger e-ring that has lower quality diamonds. : (62 votes)
    31 %
    A smaller e-ring that has better quality diamonds. : (135 votes)
    69 %
  • Post # 2
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    A little of both. I suffer from fat finger syndrome, so I couldn’t get something teeny tiny without it looking like I’m wearing a quarter ring from a machine, but I also didn’t really have a specific amount of carats I wanted either. My ring is pretty modest, we paid a little under $500 for it with insurance, it has a 1/2 carat of diamonds.

    I’m currently dreaming of this pink tourmaline ring as an upgrade though, haven’t found bands I want to go with it, yet

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    Post # 3
    Member
    1538 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I want a happy medium. I don’t need the highest quality diamond, but I’d rather have something sparkly than dull! I got a bigger diamond and sacrificed the clarity to get it, but its nearly colorless, excellent cut, polish, symmetry, etc. For what we paid, we could have gotten a 2+ carat diamond of lesser quality or a 1.2-1.3 diamond of perfect quality, but I was happy with something in the middle.

    Post # 4
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    1057 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I will always choose a good quality diamond with heartbeat.  A good quality diamond appear bigger than it looks like becaue it shine better.  I honestly think 0.80 cart is a good size already.  

    What’s the point to get a huge diamond but it’s dull??? If size is a factor, I will choose Moissy. 

    Post # 5
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Both or at leasta a good balance of both!  I wanted a VS2 (or above) and G (or above), and at least a carat.  As much as I want 2ct, I wouldn’t want a included poorly cut one, and as much as I want quality, I dont need a IF, D color if it meant getting something tiny.

    Post # 6
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    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Frankly, I got a happy medium.  Cut was most important to me.  Size to my husband.  He wanted over a carat.  So we got super ideal cut (with elcellent polish and symmetry, etc)  and 1.3 carats.  It sparkles like crazy because of the cut.  We sacrificed a little on color.  I can’t remember what mine is but it isn’t colorless.  It has flouresence, so that makes it look white, and I don’t mind a little warmth anyway.  Anyway, I would have had a higher quality color had we picked one in the carat range, but my husband didn’t think that was big enough.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  NavyBee.
    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    BTW, I think your ring is pretty, and with a double halo, anything too big in the middle is just going to look cocktail and too blingy, I think.  I like the size of your center stone.  In fact, the other halo I really like on here, I think her center stone is about .8 as well.  I just don’t think you need bigger.

    Post # 8
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    667 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June, 2014

    ansmith1530:  I’d be more for quality than size. I don’t understand the appeal of a giant rock if the stone isn’t fun and sparkly to look at. Also I have short fingers so big rings look totally ridiculous on me!

    That being said, I’m of the mind that neither quantity or quality is really “necessary”. My husband “proposed” to me the first time with a hose clamp and although he said he’d give me a real proposal with a real ring, I said I’d marry him in a heartbeat even if he didn’t. Sentiment is more important to me than size or quality. 

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  ren89.
    Post # 9
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    905 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I want a big ring with great quality lol dont we all?

    But honestly everyone knows a 2 ct diamond that is a crappy cut and speckled with inclusion is not going to be pretty. lol

    Post # 10
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    1649 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I’d rather have better quality diamonds. I don’t particularly like large sized stones (my current ring is a 1.5 radiant and I think it’s too big. They just didn’t have a smaller sized stone that wasn’t ridiculously small.) I would prefer a higher quality stone just in case an inclusion would compromise the structure and durability of the stone and would inevitably cause it to crack or chip. Also lower quality stones don’t have the sparkle and shine of higher quality stones. 

    Post # 11
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    6279 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    i was very fortunate to be able to use my grandmother’s high quality, larger than average diamond for my ering. 

    but i always would choose for quality over quantity.

    Post # 12
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    432 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’m super klutzy, and didn’t want a ring I would fuss over, so we went with basically a perfect diamond, but only 1/3ct, I love it to bits! I had a jeweller come up to me at a gathering. He said he had spotted my diamond from across the room and that it was so beautiful, my little 1/3ct!

    I agree with a previous poster, if all you care about is size, why not just go with moissy. An included and poorly cut diamond won’t sparkle no matter what size it is.

    Your ring is lovely, I think that any larger and it wouldn’t suit your finger as it does now. Plus better quality diamonds sparkle like crazy!

    Post # 13
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    1762 posts
    Buzzing bee

    ansmith1530:  That girl is in for a rude awakening when she realizes how terrible the quality of a 1.7 carat diamond AND a setting for $6,500 will be. I would love to see the actual specs Lol. Yikes! Bigger diamonds show their flaws more too, so that thing will probably end up looking a hot mess and not sparkling very much. Personally I would never want a huge, super included diamond because the poor quality would be super obvious!

    Like a PP mentioned, I would rather have both, or a nice compromise between the two. 🙂

    Post # 14
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    5421 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    ansmith1530:  A 1.7ct for 6k? Uhh yeah, whatever lol. I do not see how you could get a stone that size that cheap, even with awful specs. 

    To answer your question, generally speaking I would prefer quality over size, but it depends what size and quality we’re talking if that makes sense eg I probably wouldn’t go below 0.25ct for a solitaire, and I have a lowest quality/specs I would go to (H SI2 triple X). If I couldn’t get a diamond in that size with those specs or better I just wouldn’t buy one. So I guess for me it’s a bit of both. 

    Post # 15
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    179 posts
    Blushing bee

    A good balance of both. My ring came with the center stone, and it was .52 carats. In a year, I will upgrade to a full carat, stone is G color and F cut. I think your ring looks fabulous.

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