(Closed) Confused about carat weight. What is best on a size 7?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 47
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Busy bee

Totally go and try some rings on, that will make the difference vs just looking at rings on people’s fingers.  You may find you really like one cut vs another, etc, etc.  I found when I was in the market for a replacement for my lost e-ring that, even though we could have gone with a larger center stone, my size 4.5 finger looked pretty ridiculous with anything larger than a 1.5ct.  I ended up with a 1ct center with a halo.  Looking around and trying stuff on is the fun part!  🙂

Post # 49
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Busy bee

This is my ring when I was giving it a photo session (unfortunately blurry – haven’t figured out the settings on my camera yet).  4.5 finger, 1 ct princess center with halo and split shank.   🙂

 

Post # 50
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@walnutgirl:  Im assuming black to be to small, blue to be too big and orange to be average. YW 

Post # 52
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335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Honestly, trying them on is going to help the most. I had no idea going into it what I wanted but I did have a feeling that 1ct would be too big for my personal taste. The ring I tried on was a size 7 and I think that was due to my knuckles (it fit well going on) because I have slimmer fingers. When I had it resized, it was sized down to a 6. It’s still a tight fit over my knuckles but the ring doesn’t spin around nearly as much. And in all honesty…a size 7 isn’t all that huge!

Anyway, my Fiance bought a 0.55ct princess cut. He chose the particular diamond he did because the surface area was larger than others in the same weight category. I love it and think its perfect for the size of my finger.

 

Post # 53
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsBudz2Bee:  You’re lucky! I really want to pick out my own too, but he said it won’t be a surprise. But I am terrified that he will pick something that I hate and I will have to return it. He doesn’t know anything about pave setting/halo/split shank/princess cut and I am very picky, and nervous!! This is what I have in mind…

 

 

Post # 54
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Size 7 is considered to be the “average” size in North America.

BUT everyone’s hands are different.

I am a Size 7… but my hands are really really small… and my fingers short & stubby

So I require a ring that has some “presence” (width) rather than a knife thin band

PHOTO – My mis-matched ERing & WBand (although they go together really well)

My ERing is just under 2 Carats in Total Carat Weight, and is a Custom Design from a Family Jewellery Store… Cathedral Setting (arch style ring) 18 Kt White Gold Channel set with 46 Diamonds (Rounds & Baguettes) aprox 1.1 CTW… they are all Canadian Certified Diamonds ranging in size from 0.01 up to 0.05 each and are I in Colour and Clarity.  The Feature Diamond is a .80 Good Cut Round Brilliant Canadian Certified Diamond with SI-1 Clarity and F Colour, and set into place with a traditional 4 Prong Setting.  The Ring is also GIA Certifed.

My “Sparkly” Wedding Band came from an International Chain Jewellery Store (Peoples / Zales) and is 14 Kt White Gold Channel Set with 10 Diamonds (Rounds) all in the 0.05 range … all Certified Canadian Diamonds.  They are I Clarity, and G in colour.  And the total carat weight is just over .50 Carats.  This Ring is also GIA Certified.

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Honestly because everyone’s hands are sooo different, you really have to go try rings on and keep looking until you find THE RING you absolutely fall in L♥VE with.  That can be a quick process (love at first sight) or take awhile.

Personally, as I am an Encore Bride, I knew I wanted an ERing that wasn’t anything like my first… so it took me 6 weeks to find THE ONE.  I am very very happy I didn’t settle… and now I sport a ring that truly is as much ME and what I like, as it is also something that my Now Hubby loves and represents the two of us.

The Chart that msbeautygeek: has posted above in Reply # 44 shows the coverage that a Round Brilliant Cut Diamond will have on ones finger in any given carat size.  It shows there that my .80 Feature Diamond has aprox 35% on my size 7 finger… and I’d say that is very accurate.

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It sounds to me like you may not have a lot of knowledge about Diamonds… in which case I suggest you do as much reading & research as you can muster prior to making a purchase… learning alll about the Cs of Diamond Buying…

CARAT – CUT (Shapes & Quality) – COLOUR – CLARITY… as well as CERTIFIED – CONFLICT FREE / CANADIAN… COMFORT… AND COST

Blue Nile’s Webite and their Education Pages are a good place to start

Blue Nile – Diamond Education = http://www.bluenile.com/ca/diamonds/diamond-education

That is a great website… cause you can also check loose diamonds, and play around with the parameters to discover how they are priced.  Great info to have / be aware of before you go shopping in real life.

However, I’d never buy a diamond off the Internet… because I won’t buy a Diamond without seeing it first under a Jeweller’s Loupe

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 55
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

EDIT TO ADD

A lot of couples pick out the ERing together… and the guy holds onto it and proposes in his own way / time when he is ready / feels like it.  So it can still very much be a surprise.

 

Post # 56
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@This Time Round:  Yes I know. That is what I have been trying to tell him. Or even propose with a loner ring and then we can go together after and I can pick one. I guess we will have to wait and see

Post # 57
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

 

My finger is also a size 7 and my center stone is exactly 1 ct. I like the size 🙂

Post # 58
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@LammyLou14:  Be as honest with him as you possibly can, explain that you’re picky and you want him to get the reaction he deserves from the proposal too. I was super nervous that we hadn’t gone shopping together (in fact, I was down right upset…I wanted that experiance) and I told him I wanted to make sure the setting wasn’t too high, too big…yadda yadda. Have some faith, I’m sure your man wants you to be thrilled.

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I agree with other posters that you definitely need to go try the rings on.  But I think you need to go MORE THAN ONCE.  The first time I went, I was a little overwhelmed.  I had never seen an engagement ring on my finger before (duh), but not only that, I’m not a huge jewelry wearer, so seeing any diamond on my finger felt like a huge deal.

 

I thought that first visit that I definitely didn’t want to go over .75 carats.  The 1 carat looked huge on my hand.  The second time I went, I felt completely different.  The .75 then looked inadequate for the setting I decided on.  So definitely keep that in mind too.  If you’re doing a solitaire, only the one diamond will be on your finger, so it won’t have to compete with others.  If you’re going to do some sort of halo, make sure the center is still the focus.  Just my 2 cents :).

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