Post # 1
I want to start off by saying, please don’t flame me, I don’t want to come across as ungrateful or whatever. This is just a geuine concern of mine.
I have been experiencing severe “shrinkage” issues and maybe all I need is some perspective… I have started obsessing about this lately and I just need to get some opinions. My husband thinks I’m crazy. He says that a 2+ carat stone will never look small no matter how you set it, but I feel like my e-ring setting’s thick band makes my diamond look smaller. I have a 2.31 (GIA 3x Ideal H&A, VS2, I) diamond, size 5 finger. The e-ring band is thicker than a lot of the rings I see on here (it is around 3-4mm) and lately I have been feeling like the thicker band makes my stone look smaller than if I had a thinner band – say 2mm. The thinner band makes the stone stand out more and creates somewhat of an optical illusion I think. I feel like the stone looks more like a 1.5 carat or even smaller because of how it is set. The stone is not shining to its full potential so to speak.
Here are some pictures of my set. The 5-stone band is 4mm wide (1 TCW).
For comparison, here are some stones that are around the same size as mine but LOOK much bigger due to their thinner bands. Note: Sorry if used your picture for an example… I needed some examples for illustration purposes and I picked yours because it I think it is gorgeous 🙂
My concerns about changing my e-ring setting:
1) If I change to a thinner e-ring, it won’t match my wedding band, so I will need a whole new set
2) My set is platinum. I love the weight of platinum and the fact that it never needs to be re-rhodiumed, but it is more expensive, so if I get a new setting and wedding band it will probably be white gold.
Post # 2
I mean this in the nicest way possible…but you’re CRAZY!!!
it looks HUGE! It’s a beautiful set and I wouldn’t change a thing!
Post # 3
The stone does NOT look small. I don’t care for thicker bands but that definitely doesn’t make the stone look small. The wedding band is also on the thicker/larger side so it matches your e-ring IMO.
Post # 4
I’m with your husband, you’re crazy. You’re engagement ring and wedding band look massive.
Post # 5
I wanted to add that I am really not fishing for compliments at all and I apologize in advance if that is what people might think of me posting this.
I want opinions and advice just like another bee who might say, how can I make my 0.3 carat stone look larger.
Post # 6
Your rock looks huge and I wouldn’t change a thing!
Post # 7
Poor you and your huge ring.
Post # 8
I love your ring! TBH I think it’s your wedding band with the large diamonds that takes away from your Ering…. That’s just my personal taste though.
its like getting dressed. You can show the boobs or a lot of leg. If you do both its too “flashy”.
Post # 9
oh helllllllllls no, dont change your set! i love it! its one of my favorites and YES it looks over 2 carats!!
Post # 10
I think even if you change the band of the e-ring to be thinner, the wedding band would still overwhelm the e-ring. I think you’d have to change the e-ring and get a thinner wedding band too to realy make the stone look larger and pop.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
Could you take it to the jeweler and have them shave some metal off the band to make it thinner? You could change the head from 4 prong to 6 prong, that makes a difference in how a stone faces up, IMO.
Dainty wedding bands 1mm-1.7mm might detract less than your current band.
Post # 12
Your ring looks huge!!! I think the thick band makes the stone look bigger.
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Both the diamond and the wedding band look huge to me. Yes, a think band will always make the diamond appear larger. So will a thinner wedding band. Really I think the huge wedding band is the biggest culprit here.
Post # 14
I think the problem is more your wedding band. It eclipses the solitaire beauty and size of your 2+ carat.
Post # 15
I agree. The ring by itself looks very large, but when you put the huge wedding band on it really, really takes away from it.