(Closed) Need help deciding of carot of engagement ring

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I thought I had to have a 1ct or higher but I was offered a family diamond (I was going to have to get a CZ or Mossy) the diamon is a .45ct and I love it. I am a size 5.5 and I would say the diamond is about 1/3 the width on my finger so I think its perfect. If you are going to do a halo you can typically go with a smaller center stone because the halo makes it look bigger. My advice is to go to a jewlrey store and try some on at different sizes to see what you like best on your finger. Hope this is helpful and congrats what an exciting time in your life!!!

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Willowvogue:  I have a 1.44 round center in a cushion halo. It’s over 2 tcw and I have a size 5 finger. Just keep in mind that a cushion center stone will face up smaller than a round. I chose my ring because it gives me the best of both worlds. I liked the overall shape of the cushion, but the fire of a round.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Well, how many carats for the center stone mostly depends on his budget.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

I suggest you go to some jewelry stores and start trying things on! There’s no better way to learn what you like, hate, and love, on your hand. Plus, it’s fun!

Don’t forget the quality characteristics of the stone… color, clarity, cut grade, and whether it has fluorescence. Your goal is to find the perfect balance of all of those, within his budget, that just makes you swoon!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

The carats depend on so many different things…your budget, your personal taste in stone types and sizes, the cut (a cushion would look a little smaller than a round of the same size since it has different proportions), and the setting, to name a few.

With a pretty average finger size, I’d probably go as big as I could while keeping quality in mind. But then again, I have larger hands and I love bold jewelry, and that might not be you. Also, a 1 carat diamond will look smaller than a 1 carat sapphire, since the stones have different densities. Just something to keep in mind depending on the center stone you want.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

There is nothing wrong with going to the jewelry store and trying some rings on. With your man is fun but if you dont want to take him take a friend or relative. I have a .61 carat diamond on my size 5 finger, halo, and I wouldnt want any bigger. Tcw is just over 1.0 so its perfect for me. Not everyone thinks its ok to have under 1carat (as I have read on the bee) so its what your budget is also. Good luck  

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@mjwyatt84:  Your ring is gorgeous and so different. Very nice!!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Willowvogue:  I think it comes down to budget.

Do some research on the 4Cs.. here’s a good place to start: http://www.bluenile.com/ca/diamonds/diamond-education?track=NavEduDia

Depending on what factors you choose, there can be thousands of dollars difference for the same size diamond.

I have a 5.5 finger too and am considering getting a Tiffany Soleste ring… it has a double halo and a cushion cut stone. I tried on one with a .77 carat center stone, and it cost around $12,000. We’ll probably go with a 1 carat or so, and that drives the price up to around $15-16K, I believe.

Personally I wouldn’t buy a diamond that is less than ideal/excellent cut, H color, and VS2 (as long as it’s eye clean, but I like to be in the VVS range since I am a bit of a stickler for quality even though you can’t technically see the flaws).

I suggest trying rings on to get a feel of what you like.

Blue Nile has some nice settings and excellent prices for diamonds. You can get more bang for your buck there. We were considering buying from them until I fell in love with the Tiffany ring.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@Luvdisc:  No the diamond will be bigger than the sapphire. My sapphire is 2.36 and is cut to the size of a 2 carat diamond :).

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@dewingedpixie:  Thanks for the correction. Math isn’t exactly my forte, so I knew the densities were different, but I mixed them up.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@Luvdisc:  Its ok the only reason I know is because I really love sapphires and stones in gerneral 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

This is my ring. Its a 1 carat round center stone. My finger is 9.25 (the top pic) and the next pic is my ring on a smaller finger, Im not sure the size but it must be around a 5 or 6.

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