Does anyone regret going larger? Wish they went larger?

posted 10 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
717 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

From someone who bought maybe 50 different rings before my upgrade, the only thing that truely bothered me was the weight of a white sapphire set I bought. It’s 1.5 diamond equivalent, but had side stones and then an eternity band. Altogether, way too heavy! 

Ultimately went with a 1.6ct diamond and love it.

Post # 3
196 posts
Blushing bee

For my upgrade, I had initially picked out a 1ct round solitaire, then once I saw it in person I wanted to go a bit larger. I was still within the return window, so I now have a 1.5ct round that I am super happy with! For me it is the perfect size. However everyone’s preferences for size varies. If you are thinking now that you’ll regret not going larger, you most likely will down the road! Good luck can’t wait to see what you pick 🙂

Post # 4
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2022

i had a 2ct oval but with a double halo and it was too much – it took over my 4.5 finger and looked gaudy HOWEVER, I think large rocks as solitaires look great if you have at least a sliver of skin on both sides of the rock. I had wanted to just keep the oval and kill the halos but fiance and I decided to return for a round (happy and sad about it at the same time)

if you love it, you love it!

Post # 5
34 posts
  • Wedding: November 2015

Yes, initially I wanted something in the one carat range when we first got married. I didn’t really research diamonds at all and like I wish I would’ve at the time but I was super happy with my setting at the time. It was a 1.32 cushion cut Diamond in a double halo. Over time it just seemed so small and I felt like it got lost in my double halo. Plus the cut of my cushion was the crushed ice one and I just didn’t love it. Recently just upgraded to a 2.25 non crushed ice cushion and I am over the moon with it. Totally made me regret not going bigger to begin with. I got to keep my setting they just re did the head to fit my new Diamond.
Before on the right, after in the left. 

Post # 6
2637 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2005 - Shreveport, LA

I wanted larger but instead of upgrading my diamond I went crazy buying moissanite rings, which I love them all, but still wasn’t satisfied. So I actually could’ve gotten a larger diamond with all the money spent on moissanite rings but it’s too late now and the money is spent lol I decided to put my 1ct diamond in a halo setting for more coverage and I’m loving it and the need for larger has gone finally….for now at least! I do enjoy having my moissanite rings to swit out and don’t feel like I wasted my money but will say if you are even thinking about going larger you should from the beginning. GL

Post # 7
2637 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2005 - Shreveport, LA

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@MaggieW:  Love your ring, it does look better now and from the before! It looks so good on your hand 💕

Post # 8
475 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Boulder, Colorado

Following this post as we are in the exact same situation!

My fingers are quite slender (size 5) and I wanted a larger oval, but didn’t know what size to go with. What finally swayed me was hearing someone say that they went bigger in order to “future-proof” their ring and now it just looks normal to them, so we ended up choosing a 2.71 ct oval. We are still in the design process but it will be a solitaire, so it may be different if you are looking to add a halo.

Post # 9
1628 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

For my anniversary ring I ended up choosing an 8mm lab sapphire. I don’t regret the size persay. I just know now I have to be more careful while wearing it. I can NOT put it through the same stuff I put my half carat halo through. The poor sapphire got a gouge on the meetpoints of the stone within 48 hours because our hand rail was loose and it pressed my hand against the wall and dragged for a second. I know it was the wall because I inspect my ring immediately after every accdident

. Suprise surprise no metal or wall damage. Just my stone. So now I make sure it comes off not only for heavy cleaning but also for dishes and loading and unloading the dishwasher and cooking since I cannot find food service gloves since March. I’m so thankful the gouge isn’t visible unless you inspect it with a flashlight. But yeah. I am definitely going to have to replace this stone in the future. Not with a different size though since I like 8mm and then just continue to be as careful as possible. I was so happy I didn’t have an expensive natural sapphire in there for sure though when it happened. Oof. I would really consider your lifestyle. If you are clumsy and smash into things like I do you can still get a larger stone. It just might need replacing or recutting at some point lol. 

Post # 10
432 posts
Helper bee

I have a 1ct solitaire I never wear and a 1.67ct I love. 

Post # 11
640 posts
Busy bee

I have a 1.5ish solitaire and I actually get self concious that it’s too large at times. Most people I see IRL have a 1ct or .5ct. 

Post # 12
4644 posts
Honey bee

I have a 2.2 ct 7.68mm x 6.98mm cushion cut.  It’s beautiful and I love how it looks on my hand, but I wish I had done a little bit more research on the dimensions because there are definitely 2.2 ct cushion cuts that would look slightly larger based on the dimensions.

Also, I did just get married and I swear paired up with my wedding band, my e-ring looks bigger…or it catches more attention because of the additional sparkle.

I don’t think you should go smaller.  Shrinkage is real.

Post # 13
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

I saw pics online around 1.5-2.25 ct and they looked beautiful – but when I went in person to a couple stores to try some on, I quickly discovered that my finger is much smaller than the model’s must have been, haha! (Granted, I do know I have small fingers but it’s still hard to visualize what the difference would be)

I have a 1 ct center stone with a halo – for me, the finger coverage is GREAT and it always surprises me how big it looks in pictures. I’m happy I went with this – I also liked a dainty .75 ct oval solitaire but I’m really glad I stuck with my original desire (halo). I really feel it all depends on your taste, lifestyle, and finger size! For me, solitaires felt a bit too pokey, though adjusting to the height of my halo was still interesting. 


Good luck!

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