What carat sizes do you consider big and small?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
17 posts

I say anything above 1 carat is big….. small under  0.80….

Post # 3
9436 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Anything above 1.5 ct is big.

0.5 and under is small.

Post # 4
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - City, State

See I have a 2ct and I don’t consider it big. Anything above though, yeah. On me, anything under 1ct looks small, but I usually dont find the same on others. My mom’s .75ct doesn’t look small at all

Post # 5
13929 posts
Honey Beekeeper

There’s no such thing as small, the sentiment behind an engagement ring makes them all huge! 

Post # 6
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

For me anything below .50 is small and anything above 1.5ct is big. 

Post # 7
2525 posts
Sugar bee

Personally I feel like anything under .5 is small, anything over 1.5 is big. But small doesn’t equal bad and big doesn’t equal good. T think that the personality of the wearer really makes a difference. Engagement rings .5 carat and under can look absolutely classy, feminine, timeless and a larger ring on the same person would look gaudy and overdone. Conversely, some people look perfect with large stones and a smaller stone on them would be lost. 

I think if you like to wear smaller and dantier jewelry, if you prefer some neutral clothing and clean lines, smaller stones are perfect. If you love bright colors and usually wear very large statement pieces, then larger stones are perfect for you. Going the opposite way gives an opportunity to play up the band. If you have a large diamond you can go dainty and slim for the band, with not a lot of sparkle. If you have a small diamond you can really play up the band and go for more intricate details and shapes. It’s all about balance.

But really, you can also throw out all the rules and just wear what speaks to you and what you love. 

Post # 8
3046 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017


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Waterfall :  I like small, delicate diamond rings.  They are elegant and classy.  I prefer those over a big old large simulant any day.

To me a small diamond is .15 and a large diamond is 1 carat.  Mine is .49. 

Post # 9
345 posts
Helper bee

For me personally on MY own finger, anything over 3 carats looks big to me and anything under 1 carat looks small to me. I have 2.28 which i think is perfect on me.

On other women, I’d say anything under .4 is on the small side and anything over 1.5 looks big. Sometimes I see rings on other women and they look so much bigger than the actual carat size.

Post # 10
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2020 - Austin, TX

I have .85ct round and sometimes it looks tiny and others it looks huge to me. I think with a low sitting bezel setting like I have it tends to seem smaller. I had 1.37ct princess (gifted by my grandmother) in my previous marriage and it while it was beautiful just was never my style. I think with all the intricate bands and halos these days rings just tend to look a lot bigger than they are carat wise. 

Post # 11
660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2021

1 carat is kind of the dividing point for me.  1 carat looks average. Under 1 carat looks small.  I think 1.2-1.4 look biggish and anything over 1.5 looks very big.  This also depends on finger size, though.  I have small fingers.

Post # 12
7259 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think it depends on the finger and the stone and the proportions between the two. My sapphire is almost 3 carats but it faces up like a 2 carat and shimmers more than sparkles so the effect isn’t overwhelming. In general, I think of anything below .5 as small or dainty and anything over 2 carats as large.

Post # 13
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

It depends on the wearer.  My ring finger is a size 8.5 US and I feel like anything under 1 ct looks too small.  I feel like id have to go over 2.5 ct before it started to hit the too big range. 

Now, I have a friend who has very thin, delicate hands and her .55 ct diamond looks perfect on her finger.  If she had a stone much above 1 ct it would probably look massive. 


Post # 14
2557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

IRL…. anything over 1c is large. Anything under .2 is small. 

Post # 15
110 posts
Blushing bee

I’ll bite. Anything under about .5 looks small to me, and anything above about 2.5 looks too big. The other things though are what cut of stone, size of the finger, and what does the setting look like? Some settings make the stone look smaller/larger. I like the center stone to be the focal point and not blend in with the band or any side stones.

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