What carat sizes do you consider big and small?

posted 2 months ago in Rings
Post # 16
383 posts
Helper bee

Completely depends on the finger size and cut. For round diamonds, anything under .2 is small and 1.5 is big (i actually prefer smaller round diamonds than bigger ones). But if you have a very intricate cut such as an asscher or an emerald, it requires a biger stone to showcase all the details so i’d say under 2 is small and over 3 is big.

Post # 17
1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Depends on the ring size, the cut, and the stone. Generally, under .5 looks small to me and over 2 looks big to me.

Post # 18
335 posts
Helper bee

I’m used to wearing large gemstone rings over 3 carats. So any stone, diamonds included, under that looks “small” too me…aside from maybe a 2 carat diamond. I like a lot of finger coverage. However, a stone doesn’t have to be large to be beautiful. I appreciate all sizes and there are many stunning rings on the bee in every range. 

Post # 19
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

I wanted a small dainty ring and ordered my 0.6ct online (it’s moissanite which isn’t really possible to buy in shops where I live) and it ended up being much bigger than I was expecting!

I have small fingers so as much as I love my ring I know I would have been happy with 0.5 or event 0.4ct.

I have a friend with a 1ct round diamond and her stone looks the same size as mine (if not maybe a tad smaller) because of the difference in finger size, so I think what’s big or small totally depends on that! 


Post # 20
34 posts

I had a 1 ct black diamond but now I finally got my dream ring from Tiffany but had to compromise on size so it’s a .24 ct but  I’m not minding the smaller stone. It’s pretty and good quality and that’s all I care about. My scale of what’s large or small is all sorts of messed up though because I’m in school to be a jeweler and I get to handle and try on stones anywhere from 3ct to 20 ct and even larger so I’d say big for every day wear is 1.5- 3 ct but 5 and up is what I consider actually big. 

Post # 21
2980 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Jencliff :  mine is Tiffany too.(my avatar)

Are you going to do bench work too or just sell completed jewelry?

Post # 22
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Shreveport, LA

I have a 1ct princess cut size 7 finger and feel like it looks small on me so I agree with others it’s all in the finger size. I also have a 2ct and 4ct moissanite rings and the 2 seems perfect the 4 way to large. So I will say 1ct and under is small and anything over 2.5 is big. 

Post # 23
6299 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Me, same. That’s gotta be partly culture though right? One ct being the middle point? Also of course I call lots of rings BIG when really it’s settings and halos and stacked bands with bling leading to that overall effect! And same as the others by no means is a bigger stone always better.

pinkflamingos :  

Post # 24
80 posts
Worker bee

I feel like anything under .50 can be considered small. But I don’t use the word small in a negative way. I find smaller stones dainty, romantic and just as lovely. Anything 1.50+ looks big to me. My stone is 1.50 carat, but faces up like 1 carat. 

Post # 25
4 posts
  • Wedding: June 2020

I think under .70ct small, around 1.0ct is average and above 1.5ct is big.

Post # 26
8552 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I know no nothing and care less really about actual specs. Insofar as l’d notice at all, l guess l might say a stone looked big, but l wouldn’t know what l was looking at. 

I genuinely wouldn’t see small at all, l would only see the design. Not trying to be holier than thou, l am as judgemental as anything over a lot of things, just not ring sizes and specs.

Post # 27
335 posts
Helper bee

wrkbrk :  I concur! My aunt actually “upgraded” from a great quality two carat pear diamond, to a super blingy cluster. The cluster has a lot of diamonds on a wide band, plus she stacks it with two more blingy bands lol. The whole thing sets off fireworks lol, and much more so than her pear solitaire. In my area, blingy intricate settings are more popular than whole stones. 

Post # 28
34 posts

mrstodd2bee :  it’s so pretty! Congrats! 

I’m not exactly sure what I want to do yet. I’m learning bench skills and metal working but also gemology and CAD designing. I’m leaning towards the CAD stuff because of the stability of having an office job for a brand. 

Post # 29
1010 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Depends on the diamond shape if you are going off carat size; emeralds, princess, cushion, radiants can look small and be a heavier weight so its all about the spread to me. If you are talking about rounds then I do see anything under a carat small and over a 3ct big. 

Post # 30
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: By the lake

I think less than .50 carat is very small.  1-1.25 carat is perfect for me.  1.50 and higher is too big for my small size of 4.5   Big, small, it is very subjective.

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