Engagement Ring photos & needed – 2.5 carat or 3.0 carat center diamond

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you rather have a 2.5 or 3.0 center diamond for your engagement ring to match with a halo?
    2.5 carat center : (41 votes)
    79 %
    3.0 carat center : (11 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    3210 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @RSVP:  what’s your finger size? I tried on some 2.5-3 carat halo e-rings when we were shopping and they looked comical on my size 4 short fingers. 

    Post # 4
    3725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @RSVP:  For my tastes, a 2.5 carat or larger center stone will create a ring that is very large and a bit too big (like physically it would be mammoth and snag getting into my pockets) once it’s set in the halo. I have a 2 carat center stone and just looking at it now and picturing a halo, I think it’d be too much ring for me. I’d opt for a much smaller center – maybe 1.5 carats.

    Post # 5
    8041 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Kinda hard to say. If you can afford a 3 carat then go for it, but since it sounds like price is a consideration, I think you’ll be plenty happy with 2.5. That’s a lot bigger than most ladies have. I have 1.3 in a halo and it looks substantial on my 5.5 finger!

    Post # 6
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Since its going in a halo I would suggest a 2.5.  Besides, you can take the difference and get an equally awesome wedding ring.

    Post # 7
    1868 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I would probably go with the 2.5 if you are worried about the cost of the 3. it just really depends on how you feel about it. Either way it will be a gorgeous ring and I cant wait for you to post pictures of it!!

    Post # 8
    1460 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m pretty anti-halo, especially for larger stones, I’d rather have an even bigger stone than a halo. a .60 halo-those stones are pretty big, I’d be interested to see it in person!

    If you’re totally in love with the halo, I’d say the 2.5. If you can forgo it and just go with a big, beautiful stone, I’d say the 3.0!

    Also, does the 3.0 have better specs than the 2.5? Maybe that will help make the decision easier?

    Post # 9
    1460 posts
    Bumble bee

    @LilRhodyGem:  +1

    My stone is 2.27 center, when I think of it in a halo, I can only imagine a big glob of diamonds on my finger, I dunno why! lol

    Post # 10
    9952 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Hi @RSVP: first & foremost I see this is your DEBUT Post on WBee, so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”

    If you are in a position where you can have a large QUALITY Diamond, then that is FABULOUS !!

    BUT, I personally find that for me the BIGGER the Ring, the BIGGER the problems

    First as another Bee said, you are going to probably find that it gets in the way a lot more than you’d like… caught on clothes, knocked around etc.

    AND it is going to attract attention… and not just the kind you want !!

    I have a very glitzy good quality ring set (ERing just under 2 Carats, and WBand at just over a 1/2 Carat)… and altho I find them great for my day-to-day life there are several occasions when I have to opt to leave them “locked up” (such as when we travel)

    I LOVE my Rings… We could have gone bigger, we didn’t because I wanted something that wasn’t soooo out there that it would have caused me grief.

    In my book… I’d much rather go smaller and more perfect… than go for “Quantity” over “Quality”

    Quality rocks it every.frickin.time !!

    Hope this helps,

    NOTE – Unless you truly afford a 2.5 or 3.0 Carat Feature Diamond that has amazing specs (Ideal CUT – COLOURLESS – Amazing CLARITY) the bigger the stone the more obvious any flaws / issues are going to appear.  The size of the stone will act like a magnifying glass, and where in a smaller stone those things won’t be seen by the naked eye “at a glance”… they will be glaring at you and everyone else on a bigger stone.


    Post # 11
    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @RSVP:  Honestly, if you can afford it, get the 3 ct. I have a 2 ct with a halo, with another ct. of pave, and it’s perfect for my long, skinny fingers (size 5.5). 

    However, I have seen some 3 ct halo rings that actually just look silly to me. Mostly on ladies with small hands. If you want the look of a blinged out knuckle, get the 3 ct. But think about your wedding band – how will that fit? Do you knock your hand around a lot? Are you comfortable with a 3 ct? What else can you spend your money on? 

    What shape are you considering? A 3 ct Asscher or other “deep” cut will look smaller than a 2.5 ct round. 

    Post # 12
    1980 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    2.4 carat solitaire, size 5.5 finger

    Post # 14
    11270 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @RSVP:  it sounds lovely.  i can’t wait to see the final ring.

    Post # 15
    3 posts
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Here is my 3.01 carat cushion cut diamond engagement ring on my size 7 finger! With the split shank setting the total weight is around 3.5.



    Post # 16
    3 posts
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Here is my 3.01 carat cushion cut diamond engagement ring on my size 7 finger! With the split shank setting the total weight is around 3.5.

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