(Closed) advice for 3 carat center stone

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

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sunnyday205:  I have a halo and I don’t think it takes away from the center stone. My fingers are just a little smaller than yours (3.5) and my center stone is 1.65 carats, which with the halo gives me about 75% finger coverage. So I’d go try some rings on to see if your comfortable wearing such a large ring. If your wanting a 3 carat stone, then a halo might be too much.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

It’s very much a personal preference but with small fingers like you have, I’d let the beauty of the large stone stand alone. If you really like halos you could go for a very high quality smaller center and still have the halo look without it looking overwhelming. I don’t have a pic of a center stone that large, as my center is 1.2 with a tcw of around 3 cts. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

This depends on the mm measurements of your 3 carat.  Not all 3 carats are the same, for each 3 carat stone, you’ll have specific mm measurements. 

I have a size 6.5 and my Asscher stone is about 8.26 x 8.27mm.  Per the table below, I’d say my coverage is about 47% to 50%. 

 


Asschers do face up smaller than most stones because of the weight on the bottom of the stone. 

Hopefully, once you figure out the surface mm measurement of your diamond, you’ll be able to gauge the face up finger coverage and make a decision about your halo from there. 

Happy shopping!

 

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Busy bee

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sunnyday205:  what shape of a center stone are you thinking about?

Post # 8
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Busy bee

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sunnyday205:  I will mirror what PPs have said. It really depends on finger coverage preference. I have a 2.8 carat center stone with a halo setting, but my finger is considerably larger than yours (I wear a size 8) and just my opinion but a 3 ct would be very overwhelming on a smaller finger. It is up to what you like and what is comfortable for you. I strongly suggest you trying on some different carat sizes and getting an idea. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

It is personal choice.  But, I will state my opinion on this…  

I do feel the halo takes away from the center stone.  I’ve always felt this way.  But, again that is my opinion.  I would tend to lean towards french pave.  I do like halos…  But, I do feel a 3 carat can stand on its own.  And remember the prongs on a stone that size will make the stone seem even larger.  A halo around a 3 carat is going to be quite large.  My ring finger size is a 5.25.  And I have a solitaire which looks much larger than I thought it would because I didn’t take prongs into consideration.  It may be a good idea to try on some pre made halo settings before you have one made to make sure you like it.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I have a 2 carat with a very dainty halo on a size 4.75 finger.  Sometimes it looks huge and other times it looks small and I want a 3 carat!  A well done halo should not overwhelm the stone.  I’ve seen some poorly done halos that take away from the beauty of the center stone, and i’ve also seen some amazingly well done halos.  Check out this one by Victor Canera.  It’s all about proportions.  I’ve seen this ring in real life and it is stunning and not overwhelming at all.  My halo is so dainty that sometimes i don’t even count it as a “halo ring” though clearly it is.  My ring is the top picture and the Victor Canera is below.

Post # 11
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Worker bee

I have a 2.75 cushion cut on a 4.5-5 finger. I decided to go without a halo 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

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sunnyday205:  I have a halo setting and it doesn’t take away from the center stone at all. I think you just need a dainty thin halo and you will be fine. I also think thin bands really help bring focus to the center diamond.My finger size is 4.75 and my center stone is about 2 carats, so smaller than what you are considering, but I think it could still be a good reference:

 

 

by the way my ring is rose gold, hence the pink tint in the first photo

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Post # 14
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Busy bee

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sunnyday205: 

i see. im asking because i think it depends on the shape.

im a size 4. and i have a 1.79ct round solitaire. according to the chart, it is about 53% coverage, i personally don’t think it looks that big on my finger, especially in real life.

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i was shopping for a 3.15ct diamond last month. the 3.15ct round one looked ridiculously huge on me, but the emerald cut looked fine to me. 

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Busy bee

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sunnyday205:  oh and i went for halo too!  

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