(Closed) Help me choose a diamond size!

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What size do you think would be better for me? Round cut on plain white gold band




  • Post # 2
    5648 posts
    Bee Keeper

    My take is get the best diamond for your budget with the help of pricescope forum users. 

    What ‘best’ is to you depends on your weighting for colour vs clarify vs cut vs size. You need to know what parameters are important to you. 

    For example my diamond is I and I like it. I wouldn’t want to have a D/E diamond that is much smaller. 

    For some people ‘eye clean’ is fine, for others having a very very clean stone gives them happiness. 

    If you are just talking size then I personally think you should get the largest you can get within the parameters that are important to you. Diamond shrinkage syndrome is real!  However a very sparkly beautiful cut whitish 1ct is going to look better in my opinion than a cloudy 2 ct. 

    anything above 0.5 is above average here in the uk and any of the sizes you mention will look nice on your finger. It’s down to trying them on and seeing what other stats matter to you do you can pick a good stone in your budget that satisfies you on all counts. 

    Post # 3
    1751 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    My 4.75 size finger. My diamond is 1.09 carat, and it gives pretty good coverage. 

    Post # 4
    614 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

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    southernbluenblue :  I went back and forth between 1ct vs. 1.25ct and ended up deciding on a 1ct. It is still a substantial stone size but will not get in the way during everyday life. 

    Post # 6
    20 posts

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    southernbluenblue :  I have the same situation as you. I ended up going with an oval bc a 1 carat oval appears larger (more table) than a 1 carat round. But I don’t know if it makes my fingers look longer now! Haha! My fingers are thin (size4) and very long as well and I just don’t know what is the best proportion to make it look normal. So i too would love to see some long thin fingered ladies show us their engagement rings!

    Regardless you’ll find the carat, color, clarity, cut and cost that works for you. Have you considered adding a halo to make it look slightly larger? I never really liked halos personally but they do make some that are very tight and seamlessly look like it’s part of the ring! Good luck with your searching! 🙂 

    Post # 8
    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    The price differences between 1, 1.25, 1.5 and 2 carat can be VERY large. Have you priced them and determined a budget? That’s a good first step, figure out what you’re able to spend. 

    Next after budget should be Cut, provided you want a well-cut stone. (You should, they perform much better). Look for GIA and AGS graded diamonds of at least Triple Excellent / Ideal cut, respectively. 

    Then you can move into color and clarity. Color is purely subjective, meaning it’s all about what you like, and the color has no effect on the quality or performance of stone. It will effect price though. Clarity isn’t as subjective to me. Yes, you will save money on lower clarity diamonds, but oftentimes you’ll sacrifice some optical performance. I think VS1 and VS2 are the best grades, but that’s just me. There are definitely SI clarity diamonds that look awesome, especially with round brilliant shapes. 

    Get the best cut and size for your budget, and decide which color range and clarity you want. I’ve added a pic of a 1.23 CT GIA 3X VS1 round brilliant. It’s an M color. Lower colors are not to everyone’s tastes, of course, but if you find you don’t mind, you can save A LOT of money going lower color. 

    Defintely try on the different sizes to get feel for what you love. Good luck 🙂 

    Post # 10
    11 posts
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I am a size 4.25 with long, skinny fingers as well My diamond is 1.01 carats and people always think its larger than it is. I think its the perfect size for my little hands. Mine is an oval but it may help to give you an idea.. (sorry the pic is so big) 

    Post # 11
    3058 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

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    southernbluenblue :  if money is no issue get the high quality diamond in the size that fits your budget. If you share what your budget is, we may be able to help. As a pp said,  Pricescope is a very good resource.

    Questions posted about which diamond to get are usually based on quality and cost too. So if  you’re actually getting a simulant such as moissanite or cz,  then I would recommend smaller for believability and for the difference in cut/appearance to be less obvious. 

    Post # 12
    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2007

    I agree with PPs. Set your budget and get the highest quality diamond within that budget. 1cts are a beautiful size!

    Post # 13
    650 posts
    Busy bee

    I am a 4 sized to 4.25 to due swelling and the fact I went to an eternity style. The size really will depend on a number of factors as mentioned by PP’s. But assuming money isn’t an object, I don’t think even 2 carats would be overwhelming. It depends on taste though. Here is my 2 carat. 

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