Poll – Do you prefer small/dainty or big engagement rings?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What do you prefer?
    Small and dainty : (143 votes)
    48 %
    Go big or go home : (152 votes)
    52 %
  • Post # 46
    461 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I acknowledge that I’m really biased but I love small stones and bands. Not only because my hands are small, but there’s something so elegant about them. My mother and sisters never had huge diamonds and I think it made an impression on me.

    Post # 47
    741 posts
    Busy bee

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    ddhb2007 :  unless the have specifically said they want a larger stone then it’s ridiculous to feel bad for them.

    Post # 48
    2897 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    My preferences are just for myself so on me, I guess if we’re saying 1 carat or larger is “big”, then I prefer big.  I just got my lost e-ring back and I had forgotten how “big” it is.  The center is 1.8ct but it’s in a round split shank halo and it just seems a bit ostentatious for me (I didn’t pick it out).  My replacement is a slightly bigger stone (which still seems big to me) and I still have a halo, but it’s more like a bloom halo under the diamond with a thin band and to me, this is a much more “dainty” ring than my original and I much prefer it.  My Fiance prefers the replacement too.

    I grew up in a family that wore larger rings so that’s what I’m used to seeing.  To me a 7 or 7.5mm stone is the perfect size.

    Post # 49
    3089 posts
    Sugar bee

    I actually won’t want anything over 1.25 carats (with 1 carat being perfect in my head). I also don’t like gaudy so it would hopefully be a simple solitaire with a thin band. I think between 1 carat and 1.25, it’s perfect for me where I would never feel out of place no matter where I go (not too big but not too small). I also think that when it’s too big, it loses its tastefulness for ME.

    Post # 50
    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My personal preference is for simple rings, as in rings that don’t have a lot going on. I’ve never been a fan of bling for sake of bling as far as choosing my own pieces. 

    I don’t mind a larger diamond. Solitaires are my favorite. A 2 Ct solitaire can look just as classy and understated as a .75 Ct. 

    Post # 51
    486 posts
    Helper bee

    I went from a 1.5 round center sapphire with side stones… Cathedral setting (i loved it). But zales broke it and we found my dream ring! .76 oval solitaire on a thin band. Its very small in comparison.  Took me a bit to get used to the size difference…. Especially because the oval is very low profile. 

    But ive come to completely LOVE my dainty oval! 

    Round 1.5ct+ sidestones….

    And then my new oval

    Post # 52
    46 posts

    I sold my Vera wang engagement ring that was I’d say decent size and got my dream moissanite ring which has a 2ct center stone 

    Post # 53
    208 posts
    Helper bee

    I love big stones.  My engagement ring will be a 11×9 (5.3 carat equivalent) radiant with small Moissanites on the band

    Post # 54
    275 posts
    Helper bee

    I consider over 2-2.5 carat “big” – and yes, I love big diamonds! Especially the contrast of a big beautiful stone on a dainty, ultra thin band. Yum. 

    Post # 55
    1016 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2008

    Go big or go home is my style .. But i understand 2 each their own . 


    Post # 56
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I didn’t vote because I prefer “big and dainty” laughing I enjoy about 1.5 carats, but I do not enjoy rings that are covered in lots of little diamonds. (It’s just me. To each her own and viva la difference.) I love when a beautiful, stunning diamond is the center of attention, rather than too much going on with tons of little diamonds and complicated setting. Give me a true solitaire any day… meaning only ONE diamond in the setting. MMmmm!

    Post # 57
    924 posts
    Busy bee

    Small for sure! To me they are so elegant and timeless. Large settings tend to seem gaudy, in my opinion. 

    Post # 58
    931 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I can’t see how this poll makes much sense without specific paramaters.  Someone with a .75 center stone might think anything under .5 is dainty and anything over 1 ct is big, while someone with a 2ct stone sees 1.5 and under as small and not reach the big range till 3 ct.

    My center diamond is 1.3 ct princess cut.  It is set in a simple, thinish 2mm pave band.  I don’t think my stone is small, but I can’t imagine anyone thinking its huge.  And the setting gives it a dainty feel.  

    But I’m sure some bee with a .5 would get her panties in a bunch if I tried to claim I prefer a dainty ring or offer mine as an example of such

    Post # 59
    110 posts
    Blushing bee

    Only like to use large jewelry for big occasions and are kept at bank. Daily like dainty pretty ring that’s easy for me to work with.

    Post # 60
    2809 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

    I like big engagement rings…. not celeb-sized big but still have a wow factor. I think 2 carats would be perfect. Lately I’ve been wishing I could upgrade which is bad! 

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