(Closed) Is 1.5 carats too big?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Clairetoris:  I don’t think anything is too big – that being said if you are a nurse and going to be wearing gloves it could get in the way.  I’m an accountant so just typing away in spreadsheets all day it doesnt get in the way but I imagine it would if I had to be wearing gloves and dealing with patients all day.  Maybe just because my stone is set up higher

Post # 4
4702 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Clairetoris:  1.5 carats is not all that big, however; in a nursing situation it could get in the way. I don’t have a pic because my ring is larger and higher set.. but in your quest you should seek out low set rings. Less likely to snag. Good luck!

Post # 5
747 posts
Busy bee

@Clairetoris:  As a former nurse I think I would have found a 1.5ct kind of in-the-way…when I was working I had a 0.75ct and it kind of got in the way, and that’s half the size of what you’re looking at! 

Although it depends on the setting.  You could get something low-set, or a half- or full bezel to really protect it, and it would probably be fine.  

Post # 6
11356 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Clairetoris:  I’m not in a field that requires gloves, and my center stone is a bit smaller than that. However, I don’t think a 1.5 carat center would be too large for you.  What you may want to consider is what type of setting would be best for you.  I know a nurse who has a very large ring (oval center stone with a double halo), but her setting is very low.

Post # 7
5405 posts
Bee Keeper

I don’t think that’s too big in general, but as a nurse I think it will be, unless it’s bezel set or you leave it home. 

Post # 8
890 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I too was in a line if work that required me to take gloves on and off all day and it really does get in the way. I didn’t wear my ring to work or anywhere else that I will be using my hands. I actually wanted to get a ring with a lower setting just so I would be able to Wear it. so I would suggest getting a lower setting.

Post # 9
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Clairetoris:  I don’t have a 1.5 carats engagement ring (not that I would say no to one! lol) but I don’t think the size of the center stone has as much to do with getting in the way as the way the stone is set does. High settings with delicate prongs and side stones are likely to catch on things and punch holes through gloves while bezel settings are great for people who needs to wear lab gloves a lot. At least that’s what I’ve heard, I hope it helps! 

Post # 11
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

No it’s not too big.  And after wearing it a few months you’ll think, “I should have gone bigger!”

Post # 12
12248 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I agree with PPs– in general, it’s a great size! As far as nursing, it might get in the way!

Post # 13
963 posts
Busy bee

Could you wear just a wedding band while you’re at work, and the e-ring everywhere else? I think I’d be paranoid having the e-ring around my neck… If it fell off, I probably wouldn’t notice.

Post # 14
8341 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

@Clairetoris:  I think that a great deal regarding size will also come from the cut and the setting. I had a 1.4 ct cushion (6.5 mm), and cushions face up smaller than arounds (1 ct round = 6.5 mm). 


I work in a lab and have to wear gloves all day too, and the width wasn’t as much of an issue as the height of the ring. So I would definitely avoid cathedral settings if I were you. Especially ones with pointy prongs.


In a weird twist of fate, the ring ended up not working out and I got a full refund so I have a second chance at a ring. This time I’m going for something with a much lower profile, and claw prongs instead of regular prongs so the prongs don’t break through my gloves. 


Post # 15
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t have an e-ring yet and I don’t wear gloves daily, but my job has me at cadaver labs monthly.  I find anything with pronged settings or pokey bits are pain in the bum. Even an eternity band could tear a glove. Not sure if you work in surgery, but to me, it just isn’t worth risking a tear.  As PPs have suggested, get what you want, but perhaps stick to a simple wedding band only while at work.

Post # 16
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

So, I did an experiement for you since I am a nurse and I’m at work and we are sloooooow in the clinic today lol Here’s a pic of my 1.5ct without gloves for reference then with the glove on if you just pull it on but I always turn my stone to the side when I put gloves on so it doesn’t snag the glove or get in the way so the bottom pics are with the stone turned to the side. Hope this helps!

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