Post # 47
it’s a gorgeous ring, and 1/3 of a carat is definitely not too small. i think there is something great about the idea of smarting at a reasonable size and then working your way up to a larger one, if you want, as the years go on! mine is a little over 1/3 of a carat and it’s perfect 🙂 the band is so unique and pretty!
Post # 48
If it the ring you love then get it. Size and what other people think don’t matter. All that matters is that you love it and the meaning behind it.
Post # 49
it’s gorgeous.. i love it… and it doesn’t look too small at all
Post # 50
I love ll the rings posted on this thread, and the one from the OP is beautiful – I think even if the center stone is less than 1 CT, as long as you love it it shouldn’t matter at all. Also, having side stones and/or channel/eternity type stones accenting it make the center stone less of a big deal, and make the rings look beautiful AND unique.
I think I’d like to ask for a photo thread of less-than-1-CT rings to be posted, so we could all get past the “too small” feelings and questions, so if anyone who has their ring in this cateegory, can you start a thread like that? 🙂
Some people can afford a Ferrari, but I still love my little Ford Focus, and get plenty of compliments on it 🙂 It does what I want by getting me from point A to B (probably with better mileage, too!). If your e-ring is given wth love from your SO and you like it, don’t worry about it being “too small”. My BF’s borhter proposed with a ring that costs almost as much as I have left to pay on my car – I’d be ecstatic should I be offered a ring that’s even 1/4 of that.
Post # 51
@Cash000:Thank you so so much! I’m in LOVE with my ring, obviously!
Post # 52
It’s also interesting that just because someone can “afford” a really big rock, doesn’t mean that everyone thinks it’s necessary for a ring to be beautiful.
I work in financial services and most of our clients are worth between $10m and $40m. Of 15 clients in that category only 1 of the wives has a big/noticeable/out of the ordinary rock. Those ladies don’t have smaller rocks because they have to, they have smaller rocks because for one reason or another the ring they wear is the one they love. And it sounds as though you’ve found the one you love too 🙂 I sincerely think that’s all that matters.
Post # 53
It sounds like the two of you are paying together for you to go back to school. I think that is worth more than any ring…trite as it sounds, you guys are investing in your future, and he is committing to helping you along the way. He obviously has faith in you and your abilities. I think that is more telling than any piece of jewelry!
Also, your ring is beautiful. Once it’s on your finger, you’ll get excited every time you look down and see it.
Post # 54
I love the style of this ring! It’s so pretty. But the center stone size is completely personal preference. It’ll be a beautiful ring no matter what size stone you put in it – some will want it to be dainty, some will want it to look a lot more hefty on the finger.
@CaitMarae, I think it’s a little unfair that you are referencing your rings total carat weight in comparision to the OP’s question regarding a center stone size and implying that 1/3 center is too small.
Post # 55
You do make aq good point. I actually always wanted something dainty. But I guess just more “custom made”, had some originality to it. I originally wanted a 1/2 carat, although my hunny wanted me to get a 1 carat. But I just found the 1 carats too large on my hand. However, the 1/2 carat ring I fell in love with was at a jewlry store in the mall, and the price was pretty high, with the setting and all. But now the budget has gone down, which I am OK with. I just haven’t scoped out the .33 carat rings yet.
Yes, I dfenitely think it is an investment. He definitely does believe in me, we are very good at supporting eachother in whatever we decide to do. Thank you. I do love the ring. I showed my guy, and he wasn’t very ecstatic though 🙁
Thank you! I definitely am going for the dantier look. I guess I have a few reservations, because my sister, as shallow as his may sound, will judge the size of the rock. And for some reason I have always cared what my sister thought.
Post # 56
Yeah I ams till thinking of the bluenile route actually. I just adore the one setting, petite pave cathedral. And then I could get the guy to pick out my stone to my specifications. haha. So much for the surprise factor.
Post # 57
We have the same ring! 🙂 My Fiance picked it out himself and it couldn’t be more perfect to me! I had and still don’t have an idea of the carat weight, and I don’t actually care. I wouldn’t have wanted anything too huge, and I don’t prefer the look of a large solitare anyway. I get so many compliments about how it sparkles, catching the light even from across a room.
Cash000 : There will always be other people who have larger rings, but if you look at your ring every day and smile that is really all that matters! I think the ring you picked out is beautiful and will shine like crazy!
Post # 58
@cash000, aww, silly sisters. hopefully she’s not judgemental and says anything mean once you have it on your finger. but you cant satisfy everyone! if she says anything, just tell her it may not be the size that she wants or she *thinks* a ring “should” be, but if *you* love it, then thats all that matters.
Post # 59
I highly recommend JamesAllen.com! I got my setting and stone through them and saved a TON of money and got waaaay more bang for the buck than you would get from buying a brand name diamond or something from a jeweler at the mall. I found a ring I loved in the mall, then designed something similar on their website, and saved $500 while also upgrading to Platinum AND increasing the size of the center diamond as well as the side diamonds. James Allen has a tool on their website where you can search for diamonds in your price range and you can see a magnified picture of the exact diamond, so you can see where the inclusions are. Sometimes the SI1s are just fine because they are hidden on the sides, while other times there might be an inclusion smack in the middle of the diamond. I would stay away from SI2. My fiance and I were both really happy with their customer service too.
I am the type to thoroughly research something before I purchase it, so I scanned the boards at pricescope.com for a while to get ideas. If you haven’t check the website out its great! There is a really long thread of under 1 ct rings there so you can get an idea of what a .33 ct diamond looks like on certain settings and on different sized fingers.
Post # 60
@kayakblondie: Really!!?! That’s awesome! If you can, post a picture. I’ve never seen anyone with a ring like mine and I would love to see yours.
I understand being a bit worried about judgement. Your FH is probably concerned that people will judge him for not getting the “big ring”. First of all, this is all about preference and/or where you want to spend your money. I agree with a lot of the comments above regarding priorities and size vs. what looks good your hand. I did not want to put the ring on credit and I wanted it to be something that he could afford easily (he would not let me help pay). As you know, you can pay the same amount for a .33 c ring as a 1 carat ring, depending on the 3 c’s and where the diamond is from (Canadian diamonds, for example, often cost more) etc. I put bigger rings on my finger (I have a size 7 ring finger) and just didn’t like them as much. When you find your ring, you will know. Really. And as long as you love it, your FH should be proud and so should you. Anyone who looks at a beaming excited bride-to-be and then makes any negative comments about her ring deserves a dirty-look. The naysayers can suck eggs. 😀
Post # 61
@pinkshoes: I didnt imply that it was small. All I said was that I would see it in person since I know from personal experience that rings looks larger in a picture. When Fiance and I went shopping I was surprised at a number of the rings we checked out. The pictures online made them look much larger than they really were. I happen to think the ring the OP posted is very pretty and I LOVE the band.