Thoughts on 1/2 carat diamonds?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2020

Mine is 0.66 center stone and it is a proper engagement ring not a promise ring, full disclosure the wording there annoyed me. It has two small side diamonds so what pops out is the center stone and everyone knows I am engaged off the bat. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

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foundlove25 :  You should get what you can reasonably afford. What is her ring size? Also, what is your budget? Are you open to lab diamonds or preowned diamonds?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

What stone shape are you getting? Certain stones like princess and cushion cut can face up smaller, so they look less than their carat size. Elongated stones like pear and oval face up larger, so a 0.5ct pear will usually look a lot larger than a 0.5ct cushion. I love cushions, but I think you need to get a much larger carat size for the same effect so I went with a pear instead, I have a 0.74ct and have been told it looks more like 1ct, so 0.5ct would look fine. Make sure you look at the measurements if you’re buying online.

 

My Fiancée has a 0.7ct oval and her’s looks larger too, ours were just under 2k each.

 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

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foundlove25 :  I think 1/2 diamonds are decent but it really depends what you’re girlfriend thinks , A budget of 2K I think you could bump it up to a 3/4 if you get an SI diamond on james allen , I know certain shapes cost less. Do you know if she likes white or yellow gold and what shape???  there is so much more to really dicuss what she likes. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2020

Don’t worry about. My center is 0.66 the total with the sides it is around 0.75. It has good coverage and even looks biggish (I am petite), it all depends on the shape of the stone and the finger size  

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Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

You might try a small local jeweler. That’s where we found mine. The stone was from another jeweler. It’s 0.66 asscher on a 4.75 size finger with a wide band.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

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foundlove25 :  If you are getting a round diamond  SI’1 and Some SI’2  Rounds do not show imperfections they hide them very well you know need a loop to see anything. If you get an excellent cut you will be fine , Do not let the clarity drive you nuts just dont go below an SI2. Also rounds hide color very well! you would be able to get away with an H OR I -J color as well and it will look perfectly white! 

here is a great diamond! in the VS range you wanted and the cut is ideal. This would look amazing with a rose gold setting. 

https://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD11617138?refTab=DIAMONDS&track=viewDiamondDetails&action=newTab

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

This is .5 carat round solitaire on size 4 finger. It’s a lab grown diamond from Lightbox, cost is $500 for the stone and then whatever you spend on a ring setting and having a jeweler set it for you (setting prices vary widely but setting fee should be around $30-50, might be waived if you buy a setting from the same jeweler that sets it).

My setting was $255 and was set by a different jeweler, so ring total was about $800. $200 is about the lowest you’ll find for a ring setting unless you start looking at silver, which you shouldn’t for a forever ring. Mine is 14k white gold.

In terms of size, I will warn you that I thought .5 was plenty big when I was trying them on, but now that I’ve been wearing it for a couple of months, I’m looking into a larger stone. Unfortunately Lightbox isn’t offering anything bigger than .5 carat right now so the price difference is substantial for me if I want to go bigger since I’ll have to look at regular lab diamond or natural diamonds which are all much more expensive than Lightbox. I might just wait for Lightbox to release full carat, but there’s no guarantee they ever will.

There are other options that might look like a diamond too. Moissanite, asha and amora gems. I wouldn’t recommend white sapphire although it can look like a diamond, it won’t last like a diamond. You can get a well cut cubic zirconia which will probably look the most like a diamond, but you’ll run into the same issue of it not lasting forever.

Another option is estate diamonds if you can find one that’s good quality.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

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foundlove25 :  For natural diamonds, Blue Nile has some .7 I/SI diamonds in your budget. Another option is lab diamonds, which should get you closer to a carat. The best deals would be preowned though (I included a few examples below). Prices are usually negotiable, but you would have to spend more time searching. You can also look at DiamondBistro or LoupeTroop

https://www.idonowidont.com/diamonds/kays-131-carat-natural-round-brilliant-full-cut-solitaire-crafted-14k-yellow-gold

https://www.idonowidont.com/diamonds/5600-tacori-116-carat-designer-platinum-diamond-engagement-ring-size-85

Something like this would be gorgeous if it could be negotiated down: https://www.idonowidont.com/diamonds/163ct-round-brilliant-cut-diamonds-set-14k-white-gold 

Also, in your case, I’d suggest leaning towards round since they don’t show inclusions as well. Additionally, ovals may have a bowtie effect and can show color more easily. Ultimately, you want to focus on cut first, then color and clarity. 

I wouldn’t be inclined to suggest a simulant like moissanite/Amora/Asha, as your budget can fit a reasonably sized diamond and it’s not clear you have discussed it with your girlfriend. Plus, moissanite and CZ both have optical and durabiity issues.

Finally, since her fingers are smaller, a .7 carat on her 4/5 size finger is going to have similar finger coverage as a 1 carat on an average size 7 finger.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

Get on Pricescope and let those folks help you get the best diamond on your budget.  From my time lurking there, Yuketiel at ID Jewelry is the best person to call to get the most for your budget. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Here’s my .62 on a 3.75 finger. I included it with my wedding band so you can see how that looks. I love it. When trying rings on, one carat seemed gaudy to me. I liked the rings best in the .6-.75 range. 

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