What carat sizes do you consider big and small?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 46
1467 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

“small” is below 0.5 and big is 1.25+

But that’s based on my area and what I’m used to seeing 

Post # 47
1381 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2021

Small = less than 0.5ct

Big = bigger than 2ct. 

Post # 48
97 posts
Worker bee

1.5 carat or more is big

0.5 carat or less is small

Post # 49
25 posts

I live in Germany and people don’t traditionally do special engagement rings. (I think it used to be customary once to trade rings and each partner wearing the same plain band, which would be swapped out for the wedding band later)

It has become kind of a style choice to just get a ring for the girl and if those have diamonds, they usually are around maybe .3 carats, often it’s a smaller eternity style ring.

When I came on here I got very confused bcs of the large stones that are on display here. I have 1 ct and it feels insanely large to me in the context of my country. Compared to many rings I saw here not so large.

My husband mentioned sth. I found interesting, whoever came up with the scale must have chosen what they perceived as the prototypical size for a diamond to be 1 ct. And I agree, I love my ring to me it’s the perfect size.

In my opinion a small diamond would be .001 ct or whatever is typically used for pavé, 1ct feels luxurious to me and 2ct and larger is insane. Which can both be amazing or too much. (I don’t mean to offend, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder obviously, also I have no idea how I’d feel if I was living somewhere where larger stones are the norm.) If I personally were to get a larger stone I’d probably go for a sapphire or topaz.

Post # 50
1927 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2020


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pinkflamingos :  agree.

coming from the perspective of having a 4.75 finger, over 1 ct feels big and 1.3 feels very big. Under .8 feels small. .85 is my sweet spot and what I hope to get. 

Very subjective though 🙂

Post # 51
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Yes, I believe it depends on the size of your hand, and the style of ring.. 1ct is 1ct, but on one hand it could look like wearing a boulder on your finger, or it could a grain of salt.. huge exaggeration lol.. but you could get less than half a carat and add halos.. or an illusion setting.. or a composite setting and it could look like you are rocking something much bigger 

Post # 52
525 posts
Busy bee

Before I stumbled onto this site, my 1.25 seemed huge to me. 😂

now, it seems average. 

Anything over 1.50 looks large to me, but I haven’t been aware of diamonds or sizes of rings mattering at all before the weddingbee.

i think in real life, in the majority of places I go, it still really doesn’t matter – there is no “small,” except for what someone feels good with on her own hand.

“Too large” would be, for me, if I kept knocking it on things or it snagged my clothing, and I couldn’t do things without feeling like it was in people’s faces. I wear my rings to charity events – to every kind of varied event I do- and it doesn’t detract from my ability to work with kids . 

Post # 53
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Detroit, MI

I think my diamond is “small” at .25ct (it was my grandmothers diamond that my fiancé surprised by having a custom 18k gold ring made for) – but I wanted small! The original rings I had shown my fiancé that I liked (trying to hint lol) had very small diamonds. Some of them were just bands with channel set diamonds.

I’m very minimalist. That being said, anything under .4 looked small to me and anything over 1.5ct seemed big when I tried them on. Everythinf in between is normal for where I live. I have a size 6 finger. 

Post # 54
1639 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

Below 1 ct is small, above 3 ct is big 

Post # 56
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Small is less than a carat, big is above two. 

Post # 57
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I prefer gemstones for a main stone on a ring, so I would say anything under 2 carats would be too small and anything over 3 carats would be too big for my personal taste. As for a ring with a diamond as a main stone I realy think it would depend on what size the finger is.


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