(Closed) Diamond or gemstone size – Did you know what you wanted? Change your mind?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Diamond or gemstone size decision
    I knew what size I wanted and stuck with it : (18 votes)
    18 %
    I thought I knew what size I wanted, I decided to go bigger : (12 votes)
    12 %
    I thought I knew what size I wanted, I decided to go smaller : (13 votes)
    13 %
    I had no idea what size I wanted when we started looking : (10 votes)
    10 %
    My fiance surprised me, it's perfect : (29 votes)
    30 %
    My fiance surprised me, I wish it was bigger : (6 votes)
    6 %
    My fiance surprised me, I wish it was smaller : (1 votes)
    1 %
    My ring doesn't have a main stone : (2 votes)
    2 %
    I don't have a ring yet, but I want to vote! : (7 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I thought I wanted a 2ct, but after trying a few on i thought it was a little too big for my hand. I ended up with 1.6ct

    Post # 4
    Member
    1807 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I went in knowing that he could probably afford around .75 carat, so that’s what I picked out, and thats what he got. If it looked too big/too small I would have changed it, but I thought it looked perfect on my hand, just the size it was!

    Post # 5
    Member
    6892 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I had no idea what I wanted. I figured .75-1.25 was the “norm.” Then I realized, um hello you have stumpy short fingers. Lol. My .5 carat looks HUGE on me because of the halo. My fingers are literally like, child-size. I can still wear kid gloves. Embarassed

    But yeah, I really had no idea about stone size, and ended up changing my mind about ring style as well. I thought I wanted a three-stone ring, and ended up with a halo with pave band.

    Post # 6
    Member
    6065 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    @mzlouis2b: I’m with you- I thought I wanted a 2carat, but the 1.75 looked exactly the same to me, and we spent the extra money on better cut and clarity.

    Post # 7
    Member
    674 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I thought 1 carat was the norm and knew that’s what I wanted. UNTIL I actually went to look at some stones. I have short chubby fingers and big stones made them look even smaller. So I decided that a .52 looks perfect on me 🙂

    Post # 8
    Member
    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I had no idea what I wanted before we looked.  We only looked at rings together one time, and at that time I told him I’d prefer nothing bigger than 0.75.  We agreed anything from .5-.75 looked best and he surprised me with .6 being the center stone.  It’s perfect 🙂

    Post # 9
    Member
    4582 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I originally wanted a .75 – 1 carat princess cut solitaire, but Fiance and I compromised on a .5 carat so he could pick out a better quality stone. I have fairly small fingers (size 5) so the diamond I ended up with looks really dainty and nice on my finger. I’m very pleased with my ring!

    Post # 10
    Member
    1126 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I thought I wanted 0.75-1 carat, but figured my fiance would only be able to afford half a carat.  He surprised me with the ring that’s 0.71 and has a pave band, and it’s totally perfect.  I have small fingers (4.75), so it looks totally proportional with just the right amount of sparkle.  I’m totally in love with it.

    Post # 11
    Member
    622 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I suppose I’m old-fashioned and traditional, but I didn’t have any part in picking out my ring.  He merely asked me what shape of stones I liked (round or princess) and what type of metal for the band.  He chose the size, clarity, price, and design.  I think he did a perfect job of picking out my ring.  I honestly would have chosen a smaller diamond/cheaper price because I wouldn’t have considered myself to be worth as much $ as he spent (I’m quite frugal).  His comment was, “I wanted to give you the best I could afford because you deserve it.”  I didn’t have a good answer to that. lol

    Post # 12
    Member
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I assumed 1 ct. was the norm but told my fiance .5-.75 was fine because i knew thats what he could afford… he ended up shopping around (with the help of my dad) and found me a 1 ct center stone in a chanel set band that i love!!! 

    Post # 13
    Member
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    My Fiance and I looked at rings between .5-.75 carats. I found one that I loved that was .63, but when my Fiance went to buy it, they showed him a .75 for the same price, so he decided to upgrade. It’s nice because I got to essentially pick out my ring with him, but it was still a complete surprise when he proposed. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    1560 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I figured I would get .5-.75 but my hub gave me a bigger budget and call me crazy but I upped it! Wink I did know exactly what I wanted as far as style. I was SURE of it. I ended up walking away with something totally different, haha! I wanted a cushion cut with a halo, I wouldn’t even look at round cut diamonds. Guess what mama came home with? Tongue out I ended up with a round cut, no halo!

    Post # 15
    Member
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    If I were to have picked my stone, I probably would have gone a little lower in color (ring including prongs is rose gold and would add “warmth” to even a very white stone anyway) and spent that part of the budget going a smidge bigger in size. But I’m glad I wasn’t the one picking it! I love that he went with a higher color and I think it was appropriate for such an important stone. So the resulting size, I am perfectly fine with. I have very small fingers and anything would have looked substantial, but I think my stone looks just right for an e-ring.

    Post # 16
    Member
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I wanted at least a carat.  Got it.  Happy.

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