Big hands? What carat size?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: 2ct or 3ct
    2ct : (33 votes)
    49 %
    3ct : (17 votes)
    25 %
    Bigger : (3 votes)
    4 %
    Smaller : (15 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 2
    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    Check out this chart. It should help find a carat size for you. 

    Post # 3
    6 posts
    • Wedding: July 2017

    This isnt the clearest of photos but this is from trying on my set. I have an 8.25 finger size and that is a 2ct or 8mm center stone. I feel like it’s super big most days although I only just got engaged two weeks ago so I’m not quite used to it yet. Sorry I’m not quite a 9+ for size but hope I helped anyways. I think you could pull off either size with big hands! If you love bling, bigger is better. 😀


    Post # 4
    550 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2017 - Friendship Plaza

    I also have really big hands … a big ‘spread’, really (as unattractive as that sounds!), as I have rather long fingers and wide-ish palms (if you ever saw that Nicole Kidman picture at the Oscars that everyone made fun of, where she was clapping her hands to avoid smacking her rings and they looked like flippers… I TOTALLY GET IT. Those are my hands!)

    Anyway – my middle finger is also just about four inches, and my ring finger is 3 1/2 inches. My ring finger size though is a 7. My e-ring is 2 carats and I find it to be *plenty* big. While our hands can definitely “wear” large stones (which is awesome, right?), I wouldn’t want anything bigger. Sometimes I think a 1.5 ct would have been probably fine too! (esp with a halo and/or sidestones). I would not feel comfortable over 2 ct… it’s plenty flashy and noticeable and chunky enough as it is. (And I have a feeling even though you have thicker fingers, you’d probably feel the same).

    For what it’s worth too, I am in love with the ring in the lower pic. It reminds me a LOT of a friend of mine’s moissy e-ring, and it’s a stunning piece!

    Anyway, here’s a top shot of mine. Let me know if you’d like more, and good luck!

    Post # 5
    2676 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    jkathryn : has some really original rings with really big diamonds for not so huge prices. I came across it browseing on day after a girl on here shared her amazing salt and pepper diamond ring and I wanted to look at more similar rings. Rose cut might be the way to go for you too, your promise ring looks very low set and you may find the height associated with veryour large stones with a pointed pavilion uncomfortable. I’m biased though, I strongly prefer low set rings.

    Post # 6
    451 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Houston

    My fingers swell so much that they fluctuate from a 7.75 to 8.50. I have a 2.16 diamond solitaire surrounded by a 1.75 diamond halo. I love my finger coverage. 

    Post # 7
    160 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    My best friend has very large hands- I think she’s around a 9.5 (we size rings differently in the UK) and she went for a 2ct centre stone with a double halo- this gave her extra coverage over her finger without spending a fortune on a massive diamond. She did worry that a 3ct centre was too ‘showy’ so this suited her perfectly. It’s gorgeous and looks perfect on her hand.

    Will try and find a photo of a similar ring for you. 

    Post # 8
    2699 posts
    Sugar bee

    I wear a 9. Here are a few pics – a 2.25ct round solitaire, a .60ct round in a cushion halo, and a 1.7ct cushion halo. 

    Post # 9
    12 posts

    I have a two-stone,  TCW 0.5carats ( two 4mm, round stones) ( no photos of my ring unfortunately) . I’m an 8 and find it looks just right.

    Cut and stone diameter have a big influence on the size of stones so you can have stones with a lower carat weight but still having the appearance of a large stone. 

    In mine, the stones occupy the middle 1/3  of my finger width.  It’s in a moi et to setting so that adds some size 

    Post # 10
    1706 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I feel your pain. I’m a 10.25 The ring on my finger (lower) is a 3 ct CZ. The sapphire ring is a tiny pear with a halo (I can measure it if you like). The second picture is my current ring. An 8.25 Amora Gem OEC with .4 ct round diamonds and tiny pear diamonds in platinum. I found that I don’t like really high setting and thus the 8.25 was perfect. The last picture is a beauty shot that show just how low I had them set the center. 

    For larger hands, I’d also think of looking at something that provides some width accross the finger. So, a three stone with tapered baguettes. The Ritani Bella three-stone is a three stone halo that is really pretty and would provide some coverage.

    My wedding band is ~5 mm wide and I often wear it by itself. Narrower rings look funky on me. But, I can’t add a ton of widtch as the web on that finger starts a bit high. So my rings actuall sit just as you see them in these pics. Also, my hands swell in summer, so the ring is sized to fit my summer fingers. In winter, I just add a thin silver band to my ering to hold it on and avoid spinning. 







    Post # 11
    3 posts

     size 11 sausage fingers with an oval 2ct center

    Post # 12
    186 posts
    Blushing bee

    Dont get so wrapped up on carat size – its the surface area that really matters. Look at the measurements! Hope this helps! 

    Post # 13
    2314 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

    Size 10 ring

    Size 2.5 ct (9×7) 

    Post # 14
    70 posts
    Worker bee

    My ring size is 10.5, centre stone carat size is 0.7ct. I always thought I’d need a bigger carat but I think my ring is the perfect size for my finger 

    Post # 15
    3167 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

    jkathryn :  I think the real question is, what carat weight can he afford diamond wise? A halo setting will give you better finger coverage.

    If you’re actually getting a sim such as moissanite or cz, then you can afford to go big or go home! So get what you like, a 2 carat equivalent or a 3 carat equivalent will look good.

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