(Closed) Tried on 1.5 ct (w/pic)… How much smaller should I go?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
1011 posts
Bumble bee

I think the 1.5 looks great, and a 1ct would be very, very sophisticated and classy. I really think you can’t go wrong, so if you’re worried about shrinkage, the 1.25ct is the way to go!

Post # 3
1706 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’d suggest buying a cz ring in the 1.5 carat size range (7 mm) and wear it for a while. I think you’ll quickly like the size. My mom is the same size finger and rocks a 5 carat oec diamond. She has no issue with the size.

Post # 4
6463 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

That ring does look beautiful on your hand!

I’ve got one stone that is a 9mm (I think 3 carat) and my sapphire which measures 8mm and gives 53% finger coverage. The difference in the two of them is night and day for me. The 9mm moissy is gorgeous but, somehow, just a little too much and not quite right for my eye and preference. My 8mm sapphire (which is almost 3 carats but looks closer to around 2) is perfect for my hand. I never want to take it off.

I think you should try one a 1 carat as well as a 1.25 and see how you feel about each of them. I haven’t experienced shrinkage with my ring and I don’t think I’d ever want to go any larger than this but you may have to see something on your hand and test it to know what would work best for you.

Post # 5
728 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I don’t think it is shrinkage ladies on here experience as much as envy when they see bigger rocks than theirs. I feel like 1 carat for a solitaire is amazing (unless you have a very large finger size) and anything larger looks a bit costume jewellery-ish to me, but that’s just my opinion! And that’s the thing, everyone has a different opinion or perspective, so I think you should definitely go to a store and try on 1ct, 1.25 ct and 1.5ct (just so you can compare immediately) and see what feels right to you.

One option you may be interested in is purchasing from a store that allows you to upgrade your centre stone later on and apply the value of your original stone to the new one. That way if you are worried you will experience shrinkage but also worried you might end up with something too big if you go big now, you can get 1ct now and you will have the option later to upgrade 🙂 I know Birks in Canada does this, and actually adds 1% of the original total value of your ring to the original value for the next 10 years, not sure about other places with this kind of option though.

Post # 6
2342 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Are you going for a diamond or a moissanite? Because if you are going for a diamond, 100% try a 1 carat and go with that if you like it as much because the price difference is HUGE!

Ring shrinkage does happen but it’s not universal or always a bad thing. Also the setting can make a massive difference to the visual impact of your centre stone: I think my neat, low, small 4 pronged cathedral set 2 carat looks just fine on my tiny fingers , however I recently tried a 2 carat (and a 3 carat!) for fun on a visit to my local jewellers and to me, even the 2 carat looked grotesque on me because it was a very high, chunky, cathedral setting with 4 large prongs.


Below are two different solitaires with the same diameter 1.5 carat diamond centres. 

Post # 8
978 posts
Busy bee

I would say 1-1.25 would be great. I have a size 7.75 so 1.5 feels perfect for me. Here is a picture of a 7mm (1.25) Cz and my 1.5 Moissy for reference. The prongs on the 1.25 makes it seem a bit bigger since my moissy has claw prongs that are more flush.


Post # 9
264 posts
Helper bee

dancingbee3940 :  I think the 1.5 looks great on you, but if you think it’s too big than a 1.25 or 1 ct would be perfect! I actually have a 1.5 ct ring on a size 6.25 finger, so I don’t think it’s too big. I also don’t know if ring shrinkage is a thing. I’ve had mine for 9 months and I can’t imagine getting anything bigger.

Post # 11
484 posts
Helper bee

The 1.5 ct does look pretty large on your hands. I think 1 carat would look the classiest on your fingers: sizeable but not costumey. However, you really should try on diamond rings in a store to find where your sweet spot is even if you’re planning on getting a moissanite. I also read about ring shrinkage before buying my ring and so I went for bigger-is-better and I never felt comfortable with the large size, so I sold it and bought a smaller carat and couldn’t be happier!

Post # 13
3123 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve had my 1.5 ct ering for over a year and am still totally happy with the size. I think it’s perfect for my hand. I was ok with a 1ct too but thought it was just a touch small. I wear a 7.5 for reference.

If you think the 1.5 was too big, I’d try on a 1 and 1.25ct in person, then go from there. You could also go on diamdb.com, which will show you the actual size on your finger. 

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