(Closed) What makes a small or big diamond?

posted 8 years ago in Accessories
  • poll: big or small
    1/2ct big : (2 votes)
    3 %
    1ct big : (22 votes)
    31 %
    1+ct big : (46 votes)
    65 %
    will comment below : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 4
    3162 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    LOL way to bump your own post after three minutes

    For my money, I go for diamond quality and cut over carat size. I’d take a less than 1 carat sparkler over a lower quality, larger stone.

    Post # 5
    1854 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    Having tried all kinds of rings when shopping, and choosing a…   .1 carat (!) centrestone, .5 carats is huge. I know I am the minority here!!!

    I like delicate jewelry and like things that are subtle, yet very elegant…

    Post # 6
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    1/2ct (the K abbreviation for ‘karat’ is for gold and has a different meaning than ‘carat’ which is used for gemstones) for a diamond is considered average to small. 1+ct is considered large for a diamond but average to small for any other gemstone (except rubies and sapphires which are generally very small so that people can afford them).

    My father used to be a jeweler and that is the sizing chart that everyone he knows in the industry goes by.

    That said, the other 3 Cs (cut, clarity, and color, in that order) are much more important as they will affect the overall quality of the diamond. You can have a huge diamond but if the cut is bad or there is poor clarity, even if the color is off, the value drops significantly. But most consumers only care about size and sparkle and don’t care about the others at all.


    Post # 8
    411 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I think it depends on where you are too.

    In my hometown (StL), my 1/3ct is super tiny, and my second ring (handed down from my grandma) is 2/3ct and about average. But where I live, we’re a college town. My 1/3ct is huge compared to what most girls have. I love both of my rings (I plan on wearing my engagement ring on the right hand after the wedding – it has sapphires too).

    I definitely think that diamond size is relative – not only because of cost, but because of lifestyle as well.

    Post # 9
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think anything bigger than what you have will automatically look big to you.  One of my guy friends proposed with a 1.5-2 carat Tiffany solitaire.  That stone looks ginormous to me!

    Post # 10
    403 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    My opinion:  I consider a rock bigger than 1.5 carats to be pretty big.  About a carat is a nice size stone.  Smaller than 1/2 carat I consider to be small–not bad, just small.  Mine is 3/4 carat, so it’s not small, but not big, just right for me.

    Post # 11
    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Agree w/ skibobrown – bigger than mine = big!  LOL

    To me, anything 1ct or more is visibly bigger than mine (which is about 2/3ct)… and I know it’s way more expensive probably.


    Post # 12
    2867 posts
    Sugar bee

    Eh….I’m not a fan of these kinds of posts…sorry for not adding much input to the general discussion.

    Post # 13
    2054 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Mine is almost 0.85 ct centerstone and two .3 on the sides. I love it and think its a perfect size for me. I will tell you this..QUALITY over QUANTITY. Teddy chose very good quality diamonds for my ring…and one of his friends that bragged to him for ages about how awesome the ring he had gotten for his gf was, a 2 ct diamond ring, for roughly the same price that my fiance got my ring.  His friend laughed at him and told Teddy he got ripped off…well Teddy’s friend finally proposed a few weeks ago…and that 2 ct diamond is GREY and Dull (im not saying just a tint…i mean in any light it shines grey). and you can actually see some inclusions. everyone has talked about how horrible her diamond is and unfortunately they compare it to mine…and I feel so bad because she is my friend too. but what can she do? nothing…she prob knows its not a nice diamond…but her fiance that she loves gave it to her so there is nothing she can do. so i much rather have my 0.85 over her 2ct any day.

    Post # 14
    841 posts
    Busy bee

    Hmmm, I can’t stress this enough, quality over quantity. I do NOT want to see any feathers or carbon in my ring, so I would most def. take a smaller diamond for that reason :). My ring is a a lil over 1 carat, princess cut solitaire >.<

    Post # 15
    6661 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think as long as the cut and color are good enough, you can have some flaws. And I think anything over about 1.5 carats I would consider big, over 3 is huge.

    Post # 16
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Diamond size is really a personal thing, and on top of that, I think settings really influence how big diamonds look. For me, I tried on a 1/2 carat solitaire, and it looked too small, so I thought I would like the 2/3 carat size.

    The ring I ended up with has a 1/3 carat center stone, and I love it! The cut and how it’s set will really change everything.

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