Post # 31
What do you mean appear smaller in person?
The stone would appear exactly the size that it is. However, when someone is looking at your hand then stone size is relative to finger size. This stone looks larger on your hand than it would on mine because your fingers are smaller. Totally agree with @LittleFrenchBee
‘s statement that a 1.5 carat looks like a 2.5 carat on you because your hand is smaller.
I’ve seen this chart floating around for round stones, and I’m not entirely sure if it’s accurate, but according to it a 1.5 carat round stone takes up about 53% of finger coverage on a size 3 finger, while a 2.5 carat round stone takes up 54% of finger coverage on a size 6 (average size) finger.
If you went for a higher carat stone, it would look larger on your hand. And unless you are constantly comparing your stone to other people who have bigger or smaller stones, I don’t think anyone is going to notice or care whether your stone is smaller or bigger than anyone else’s.
I found these threads on pricescope, hope they help:
Personally, the 2 carat round on the size 2.5 finger starts looking like a ring pop to me–and it’s totally fine if you like that look, but that look does draw a lot of attention IMO.
I do also think that if you went for an elongated shape, you can go up in carat size a little more without it looking as large. So if you want to go up in carat size just to say you have a larger carat size, but still want something that doesn’t draw a ton of attention, that’s what I would recommend.
I think you need to decide what you are actually going for. Is your intention to have a big stone so that you can compare with other people? Or is your intention to have a stone that looks more balanced on your hand considering how petite you are?
Post # 32
Thanks, you’re right. I do ultimately want something that looks good on my own hand, and I don’t want to compare with others. I think that would take a lot of joy out of it all.
I’ve been overthinking since I’ve started talking about it with some friends IRL and most of them had the strong “bigger is always better” opinion, making me question my own preferences. But I should really just stay true to my own thoughts and not be influenced by them. We all have different tastes anyway
Post # 33
I totally agree that you should do you! This is your ring and you should go for what you’ll love in the end.
If you want to try on a bigger stone, order a CZ and see how that feels. Not sure if you’re getting out much with the pandemic, but I’d wear it out too. If you’re legitimately having doubts (that are not entirely due to your friends’ influence), then there is no harm in seeing if you feel comfortable with that.
Honestly, I think that the intention behind having a big stone so that someone can feel “big” and compare with others is really misguided. I know a lot of people end up doing that, but someone’s always going to have the next biggest, newest, most-up-to-date, better thing. So living a life of comparisons is ultimately going to make people feel empty. But everyone should do what they want and think is best for them. Even if they disagree with me.
Post # 34
I actually think it’s perfect.
Post # 35
From a size perspective, I think it looks very nice.
Post # 36
This size is very well proportioned to your hand/finger. It looks quite substantial, but not over the top (at least to me)
Post # 37
I think the 1.5 looks balanced for your finger. And if it’s in your budget, I think it’s a size you’d be happy with for a long time. I haven’t heard of many people wishing they had gone smaller in stone size. It’s OK to overthink it – you’ll be wearing the ring for a long time!! 🙂 But I would definitely visit a jewelry store to try rings on, if possible, or order some more CZs on amazon to try on, if you’re thinking you could go bigger or smaller, just to be 100 percent sure!
Also if you plan on getting a wedding band eventually, I’d try some wedding bands on with the solitaire. It can sometimes make the stone look bigger or smaller! Something to take into consideration. 🙂
Post # 38
I think that size looks great! I’m a 4.5 and getting a 2.5ct though, so I like bigger rocks. But I think that looks very proportional on your hand!
Post # 39
I personally prefer the look of a slightly smaller stone, especially because your fingers are so delicate.