(Closed) WHY oh why does my .75 carat solitaire look so tiny? Can I see yours?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 47
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@Anise:  beautiful band!

Post # 48
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

OP, I think that’s a perfect size for your hand – just the right size to catch someone’s eye from across the room. My stand-in ring has a 6mm topaz.

Post # 49
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Worker bee

@nicole1276 I am allegedly going to be given an heirloom .75 carat pear solitaire within the year, so while I can’t offer a picture of the ring, I can relate to your worry that it looks small.

First, the ideal of a 1 ct diamond was started and encouraged by the people selling the diamond rings, so try to ignore the bigger-is-better pressure. A hundred years ago, your fiance might have given you a thimble! You picked that ring for a reason, try to remember what it was about that particular ring that made it “The One.”

Second, I have also heard that a high set mounting allows more light into the stone, which in turn makes the stone appear larger than an identical stone in a low set mounting. However, a bezel setting (which is generally low set) can make a diamond appear larger if it is white gold/platinum. I think that generally applies to viewing the ring from a distance, though, since up-close it would be fairly obvious where the stone ended and the metal began. 

Last thing, promise, there are a lot of factors that affect the stone’s lightplay–read: how well it flashes and catches your eye. Obviously cut plays a large part, because it determines carat weight and depth of the stone. A deep stone diffuses the light before it can shine out the top of the stone, which makes it look even smaller than the carat weight in the bottom of the diamond does (it can’t have that weight in the table, or the part of the diamond you see). A shallow stone will have a bigger table, but because the light entering the diamond again exits through the bottom or sides of the diamond instead of the table, it will give the appearance of being smaller. Keeping the diamond clean and free of grime will help the stone’s lightplay, and most chain stores will clean your ring for free. 

Hopefully my pamphlet that I just wrote is helpful, lol.

Post # 50
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@nicole1276:  Looks like you have great finger coverage to me, your ring does not look small at all! It’s gorgeous

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

.74 ct center stone here — on a 3.25 ring size:

 

Post # 52
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My centrestone is 0.71cts, and my ring is a size 4 (should be 3.5 though) so very similar to you…

 

 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Sorry – kind of blurry cellphone photo

Post # 54
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Bee Keeper

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@Scintillante:  I disagree that diamonds look larger in photos than real life. Mine looks larger in real life. It’s weird what photos can’t capture. The activity and brightness (not the whiteness but the way it’s actually lighting up as if it is a light) of the diamond are really not captured, and they make it have a lot more presence and sense of taking up space than any photo can capture – even if the photo is capturing a moment of big burst of fire or whatever, it’s still not the same. Good diamonds always look way more glass-like and dead in photos than they actually are, making them seem smaller in the photos if they’re super-unglassy and alive in real life.

Of course, if the photo zooms right in on the ring it will look larger than if the whole hand is in the picture, just due to context, but that’s different.

Post # 55
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@Doodle411:  It is from BeautifulPetra!  I was so lucky to get one of her rings. I get a lot of girls who know her work but i’ve never met another girl with a flower ring.

 

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@NK2012:  Its from a custom designer on Etsy called Beautiful Petra. You should take a look at her stuff they’re GORGEOUS.

Post # 56
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

.73 on a size 5.5 finger. My setting is very high and my band is very thin!

 

Post # 57
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Mine’s a 0.8 carat.  The more I wear it, the smaller it seems.  Don’t get me wrong – I love it!  I think my fiance has been contributing to this as he keeps saying he will upgrade my stone at our 1-year anniversary. 

Post # 58
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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@TheLadyDi:  I’ve been thinking about ordering one of her settings, but have been worried about getting it caught one things. Does it give you alot of trouble?

Post # 59
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@Doodle411:  In all honesty yes. It rips out my hair, scratches people sometimes, catches on everything, is very often dirty, and I take it off to do most things. I’m learning now not to use my left hand so much and I get it cleaned every 3 weeks or so. It is a very high maintance ring and not for most people. So if you’re interested in going this route you should be aware it’s not like a normal high set ring, it is a small weapon with sharp points and a full of nooks and crannies that will get filled with dirt and drive you nuts trying to dig it out.

That being said… It is the most beautiful ring in the entire world. I’ve had it for 6 months and I can still look at it sparkling in the light with the same sense of wonder as when I first got it. And all of your friends will be seething in silent jelousy and strangers will stop and look at your hand in amazement. And you will see all the girls pin your ring on pinterest. And you will be able to take awesome pictures like this:

And it will never be out of style or outmatched by a bigger diamond.

Since I am rather competitive and lean toward the dramatic side all the upkeep was completely worth it to me. But it is something to consider if you do want to wear your e-ring after you’re married. Hope this helped!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

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@blushbliss:  Oy, that setting is so pretty!!!!!!

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