What is your ideal diamond size? Did your diamond seem smaller after a while?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What would you consider your perfect size diamond?
    Under 1ct : (26 votes)
    18 %
    1ct- 2ct : (80 votes)
    55 %
    2ct-3ct : (32 votes)
    22 %
    Over 3ct : (8 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 16
    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m not sure how practical it would be but my preferred size would be 2 cts.  I have a 1.07 ct diamond now but it faces up pretty big (it’s an approx 8x6mm oval) and I’m happy with the size but if we ever upgrade and money was just no object I’d probably go for 2 cts. Funnily enough, I’ve never experienced ring shrinkage.  If anything my ring looks bigger to me as time goes on.  

    Post # 17
    555 posts
    Busy bee

    a lot depends on the cut. i love asschers but i feel like 3-5 carat + is their sweet spot. in an oec i would love a 2.5-3.

    i have a rose cut thats about 1.25, but gives me the finger coverage of a 2.5ct rb. so i cheated hehe

    Post # 18
    990 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2008

    I have a 1.70 ctw halo size 5.25 finger and it is rather large I don’t think I could any bigger . 

    Post # 19
    5049 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I have a 1.72 carat diamond (4.25 finger) and I am happy with the size. It does not feel small or overwhelmingly large.  After 1 1/2 years on my hand I have not experienced the shrinkage syndrome.

    Post # 20
    32 posts

    My husband and I picked out a 3/4 carat diamond solitaire for my 4.25 finger. I could not be happier with the size, and I have not experience shrinkage.

    Post # 21
    865 posts
    Busy bee

    I have .50 on size 5 finger.  I will never upgrade. 

    Post # 22
    42 posts

    I’m size 4.75. For me ideal is 1.5. I think I could go a pinch smaller or larger, but I prefer the look of 1.5 on my hand

    my boyfriend hasn’t purchased ring yet, so hopefully 1.5 won’t leave me with shrinkage years down the road. 

    Post # 23
    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: Waterbury,CT

    Mine is a half carat Round Brilliant solitaire, and I love it-it’s wouldn’t want anything bigger!The only thing I would change is the mounting-after having bought it 20 years ago, I’m a little tired of it.We decided to use it for my e-ring, because I couldn’t see him spending money on another ring when I had one sitting in my jewelry box.It’s an 8 1/2, but it could go up at least to a 9 1/4.

    Post # 24
    35 posts

    My diamond is just under 1 ct, it’s the shiniest, sparkliest thing I’ve ever owned. It’s a perfect size and never looks small. I’ve never heard anyone in real life saying their stone looks smaller the longer they’ve owned it, I think it might just be a wedding bee thing, or perhaps the novelty just wears off, but that could happen with any size. 

    Post # 25
    544 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

    I have a 2.01 Carat (center stone) and I think it’s the perfect size for me. Haven’t experienced shrinkage yet! It’s not small, but not too big for every day wear. I’m almost a size 7 so my finger size balances out larger stones. I would probably go up to a 2.5 or 3 but nothing higher than that.

    Post # 26
    484 posts
    Helper bee

    My ring is a 1.22 round brilliant in a halo. I have never experienced shrinkage, nor heard of that before reading here. If anything, I sometimes think it’s too big rather than too small.

    Post # 27
    2503 posts
    Sugar bee

    I have 1.25 on a size 4 finger, and I can’t imagine going larger. It still seems really big to me, to the point that I’m sometimes self conscious about it. No shrinkage yet. 

    Post # 28
    480 posts
    Helper bee

    I had a 1.1 ct princess cut diamond and it wasn’t long before shrinkage set in. I then wore a 1.5 ct moissanite for nearly 20 years, which I remained happy with until purchasing a 2.5 ct moissanite. Since I had been content with 1.5 ct for nearly two decades, I wish I had just stopped upgrading at that point. Sometimes (though I love the sparkle of a larger stone) I feel that it appears to be a little ostentatious. That said, I think 2 carats would be a perfect forever sized stone. Go for it. I think you’ll love it! 

    Post # 29
    1715 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    Mine is perfect for me – 1.7 diamond. My hands are a size 3 so it looks big. My wedding band also makes it stand out more. It’s the size I’m most comfortable with as it’s bigger than most diamonds around here and I already get comments like “what did that cost?!” Soooo I am good with this! 

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