Thoughts on 1/2 carat diamonds?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 46
1814 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think a well cut, sparkly .50 carat diamond solitaire is STUNNING! I would focus on cut and clarity and go from there. I haven’t read all the comments so I have no idea what your price range is, but search around and if you have a little wiggle room to go up a little, then do it, but make sure it has a great cut. So to answer your question a half carat diamond is beautiful and wonderful and will look great. 

Post # 47
427 posts
Helper bee

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foundlove25 :  

My apologies. 

How the size of a diamond is perceived depends on your social circle and their expectations. If you and your fiancée come from affluent families and your social circle is equally affluent, then a half carat diamond will likely be viewed as too small. I am not saying this to be insulting; it’s just my opinion which you asked for. I realize that I could be wrong because I don’t know your fiancée or anyone who you associate with. 

You can always buy a half carat diamond ring now and upgrade later. 


Post # 48
297 posts
Helper bee

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foundlove25 :  Did you see my picture on the first page? Size 4 with .5 solitaire. It’s a lab diamond and I know you don’t want one but for purposes of deciding on size, that doesn’t matter. Lab diamond are exactly the same as natural.

The picture Gsxr06 posted looks a lot bigger than mine for some reason. I’m not sure if it’s the angle, the cut, the 4 prong setting, the pave band or something else. Hers is slightly larger stone .55 on slightly larger finger 4.5 so it shouldn’t look that much bigger but I think it does. 

Post # 49
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Detroit, MI

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foundlove25 :  I think a 1/2 ct diamond is beautiful, especially if it’s very sparkly!! Check on James Allen once you have had a chance to view different styles of rings in person. They have beautiful diamonds for a good price (you might be able to afford a larger diamond than you think) and you can get the setting on there as well. A well cut 1/2 ct diamond shines more than a 3/4 ct cloudy diamond. 💎 especially since her fingers are so petite! 

Post # 50
631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

Would you consider a coloured diamond? Yellow diamonds are beautiful and I think they are super classy looking and you can get a bigger size for the price depending on the vibrancy of the diamonds! 

If she isn’t into yellow, costco and sams club both have some nice sets under 2k that def look like engagement rings!


I know this certainly isn’t everyones preferance, but I like big stones, so if a big stone wasn’t in our budget, I would have wanted to put that money towards a nice diamond band like this one:

That will be beautiful forever, and for my personal taste would fit the look I was going for more than a smaller diamond.

Post # 51
1558 posts
Bumble bee

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DoeEyes : OP previously expressed he preferred the traditionalness of a mined diamond.

foundlove25 :  While many commenters did understand your original purpose, it’s often the case that people posting are not aware of the options available and are shopping at an over priced brick and mortar store – hence the recommendations.

While people do tend to relate carat size to wealth and generosity, there is definitely a disconnect in that prices of mined diamonds can vary dramatically even for the same carat size. For example, a 1/2 carat can cost anywear from 4000 at Tiffany to 100-200 preowned. Similarly, with a budget of 2000, you can get a 1/4 carat diamond at Tiffany or a .8 ct SI2/I at Blue Nile, or somewhere in between. I usually recommend preowned for the best deals: for example, my engagement ring was also under 2000, including resizing.

sollyb :  I love this suggestion! Eternity bands are lovely and classic and easy to wear.



Post # 52
20 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

DoeEyes not sure if your .5 lab diamond might have been cut slightly deep. This would make the diamond a .5 carat weight but with a face up size slightly smaller. 

Post # 53
349 posts
Helper bee

Remember that size is relative, therefore finger size and stone size will look different depending on the person. I have a .68  on a 5.5 finger, pic below. Also, below is a chart of how diamond size will look in perspective to finger size.FullSizeRender_(1)1RBCSizeOnFingerCP43543

Post # 54
4 posts

I think it would look perfect on her size finger. It easily covers over a third of the finger, which is ideal. Since you’re going with a gold/rose gold setting, you can get away with a warmer color. The most important thing will be the cut. Make sure you actually see the diamond if you’re going with lower clarity, but honestly they’re not really visible to the naked eye. Go with GIA grading though.

This .59, G, VVS2, XXX looks perfect for $1,660. (G color would be awesome with gold/rose gold)
You can get a really nice ring for your budget, you just need to know where to look.

Post # 55
1528 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: USA

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foundlove25 :  My center diamond is .5 carats and it’s plenty big for me, I have tiny fingers as well so that makes it look larger as well. Honestly, the setting matters way more than the carat size IMO and if the stone is set in a really beautiful ring then it’ll look great. Here’s my ring. 


Post # 56
3 posts
  • Wedding: October 2019

This is my ring- .52 and my size is 7.5. I love it. Every woman has different tastes so I know this wouldn’t have suited my friend for instance. I told my fiancé it was up to him because I wanted the ring to be special for him and mean something and I’m not picky. And he did a wonderful job. 

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