(Closed) HELP! Is the Diamond That I Bought Her Too Small?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2006

I think its beautiful and a perfect size for a size 5.5-6 finger. Its a beautiful ring, and im sure she will love it coming from you! If she isnt 100% satisfied you can always upgrade to a bigger stone when you have the extra money. If you feel it isnt big enough, and you can afford to get a bigger stone you could always do that, but in my opinion it looks great! Dont know if this will help but i found a few pics of bees with a 5.5 to 6 finger with 1 carat ish rings. Mabe it will give you an idea!






size 5.5  1 carat





size 6  1 carat 


  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  mimi369.
  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  mimi369.
Post # 17
310 posts
Helper bee

planningman:  1 carat isn’t even close to a small ring!!  it’s beautiful!  and like she said, she will love it because it’s the one you chose for her!  

Post # 18
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I think the ring is gorgeous and does not look too small! 1ct is big.

Post # 19
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

planningman:  Holy cannoli that is a beautiful ring!! Particularlly since you went with a pave set band (aka w/diamonds) it looks super sparkly. I am a 5.75 rings size (I wear mine justa bit loose) A 1 ct. stone is going to look quite large. However, if you wanted to ‘upgrade’ the size w/out actually purchasing a new stone, halo is the way to go. Otheriwse there are tricks to getting the most out of a carat. Ovals and marquise cut have a larger table top than equal carat stones of other shapes. However, I think the one you picked out is stunning, as is, and not at all small!

Plus, once you add a wedding band there will be plenty of bling!

Post # 20
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Stunning ring, not too small at all but not over the top either. I think it’s perfect. Good luck!

Post # 21
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

1 carat is like a universal benchmark that many  ladies aspire to. It’s a great size, and the band looks so sparkly. She will love it !! it’s beautiful. If she had some hardline size requirement she would  have told you! 

Post # 22
1271 posts
Bumble bee

That’s a gorgeous ring, I think you’ve made a very good choice.

I have tried rings on and given my OH a list of ones I liked – I found that I liked a 1/6-1/4 carat best and I am a UK size M/US size 6. Bigger doesn’t always mean better ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 23
288 posts
Helper bee

My opinion? Don’t return it. The ring is gorgeous and she said she wanted you to pick it out, which you did according to the things she said she did and didn’t like in a ring. It’s beatiful. Stick with the ring that you have, she will love it because it’s what you chose to ask her the most important question of her life. Congrats and good luck with your proposal, come back and share some pics of the lucky lady wearing it on her hand. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 24
2699 posts
Sugar bee

1ct is perfect. It’s a gorgeous ring and she will be thrilled to receive it.

Post # 25
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

It’s important to remember that diamonds are really freakin small. It’s easy to think they’re huge when looking at 10x magnified pictures of rings on a nice high resolution computer display – but in real life stones are TINY. Even the huge ones, are not even the size of half a fingernail. Now, a mm more in spread is going to be visibly bigger, no way around that. But 1ct is plenty large and on a blingy band will be quite big. 


I think she’ll love it and you can relax. I know there’s a lot of pressure to get the “best” ring but the “best” ring is very individual. I had a big blingy 3 stone and I actually downsized to a .88ct solitaire because I didn’t like so much bling.

Post # 26
134 posts
Blushing bee

Okay, that is gorgeous, and that fact that she did not want a halo suggests to me that she may not want a really blingy ring. Keep this ring. I doubt your finance would want you to struggle financially to go bigger. I know I would not be happy with at 1.5….just too big for me. A 1 ct is perfect.

Post # 27
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

planningman:  I think that ring is gorgeous- but again, we don’t know your Girlfriend so its hard to say what she would think. You would know best in this situation.

I would take a few things into account when deciding if this is the right size:

  • What is her style like?
  • When she told you the things she didn’t like did she ever happen to mention an approximate size she liked even joking or in passing?
  • Is she flashy?
  • Does she tend to wear earrings or other rings with chunkier stones?
  • What is her social circle like?
  • What are your professions and salary like? Would it support a larger stone?
Post # 28
3957 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I have a 1.5 c and am a size 5.75 (but wear a 6).  Some days I still think it is too large, but I like it.  My ideal size, honestly, was 1 carat and I think the ring you chose is gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚  Like PP said, I would look to see what’s common in her social circle and see if you can remember her commenting about friends’/coworkers’ rings.  I know I made comments about other peoples’ rings to my now-FI without thinking much of it and that helped him narrow down what I wanted. 

Post # 29
3287 posts
Sugar bee

Stunning ring. 1ct is never too small. 

Post # 30
782 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

planningman:  I agree with most of the previous posters that it is a good size – 1 ct definitely isn’t small! I think the ring you picked is beautiful and I really don’t think you should worry. And if you look at the ring coverage chart, 1 ct is within the ideal finger coverage range for a size 6, so you did pretty good actually ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m sure she will love it!


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