This!Asscherhalo_lover|1313427707|2991297 said:For me it depends on the cut of the stone. If it was an RB, I would say no more than about 2 cts. If it was any type of square cut, asscher, radiant, ect. I would say up to 3 cts. Really it's about the MM size and for a diamond about 8mm is my comfort limit. My current ring is a 1.06 asscher in a halo which brings it just over that 8mm size. If the diamond itself was that big, no halo, lol!
I have a rep who visits me once per year and sports a 3.67 brilliant cut diamond. It is always a droolfest when she's in and I have the page in my diary booked out so I can mostly try on her ring for the majority of the time she's in with me....sooooooooo professional
Anyway....my turn is coming and I've been doing my research...aka...me and bff spending hours trying on various sizes and going for lunch and a bottle of wine at every opportunity.
I had my heart set on her ring and when I actually realised I could end up with a diamond that size I was totally out of my comfort zone.....Loving putting the extra £££ into a super ideal cut I think and sticking around the 2.3 mark...not too shabby.
Let's see what happens.....
I'd be happy with 2 carats.
My emerald cut is 8x6mm and I have size 4-4.5 ring fingers. We went to Tiffany and tried on a range of sizes, and both agreed this was as big as looked "right" on my hand. We could have gotten something bigger, but I wouldn't have felt comfortable with something bigger, especially not in my quite conservative profession.
Max I'd ever go is probably .80-.85, I have REALLY small hands, tiny fingers (recently got resized and I've actually gone DOWN to a 4.75! ), and I'm a bit careless when it comes to jewelry, I'd never forgive myself if I chipped or damaged a bigger diamond in any way shape or form!
mscushion|1315418972|3011801 said:This!Asscherhalo_lover|1313427707|2991297 said:For me it depends on the cut of the stone. If it was an RB, I would say no more than about 2 cts. If it was any type of square cut, asscher, radiant, ect. I would say up to 3 cts. Really it's about the MM size and for a diamond about 8mm is my comfort limit. My current ring is a 1.06 asscher in a halo which brings it just over that 8mm size. If the diamond itself was that big, no halo, lol!
Pretty much the same for me for an engagement ring. For a RHR I could go up to 10 x 8 or 9x9 or even larger.
But for something I wear everyday and want to feel comfortable wearing at all times 8 mm is my limit too. I have discovered that as much I I knew before that I'm not an RB girl... this has recently been proven to me again and again. I wouldn't want a round brilliant center stone. But a lovely OEC or transitional at 8mm... oh, baby!
My finger size has recently increased to 6.5 by the way. In case that's relevant.
Funny how I'm an asscher with a halo lady too ... great minds think alike.
Not a lady in waiting but put in my 2 cents. I like "bands" a lot, where it's mostly a band and the stone is bezeled or low set in the band. So I don't think I'd like anything much over 6 mm. Most of the colored stone's I've purchased have been around that size. I actually have a gorgeous large aquamarine (can't remember size, around 8x10 or 10x12). Really nice cut, really nice color. I assumed I would at some point set it in a ring but realized I honestly don't know if I'd wear it that much if I did. So I'm just holding onto it for now.
Realistically, the largest I'd want is 1.25-1.5ct RB for everyday. I have a size 5 finger, so anything above 1.5 looks HUGE. When I was a LIW and out shopping with my now FI, we looked at 1.75-2ct but after trying out many many sizes, I felt more comfortable with a 1ct.
Of course, I'd never say no to a 4 or 5ct, but I probably wouldn't wear it on a daily basis.
whatamiwithoutapurpose|1316312549|3019844 said:I'd be happy with 2 carats.
Me too. That would be my ideal to never feel the need for an upgrade, but I've never tried one on so I don't know if I'd feel like everyone was staring at it.
I have a 7.75mm diamond now (round). It's 1.72 carats in weight.
I would LOVE to one day have an 8.3mm round diamond. I think that's around 2.3 carats? That's my dream size that I'd feel VERY comfortable with... keep in mind my finger size is 7.5 now and 6.5 when I get back down to my ideal weight.
What a fun thread!!
My ring size is a 5, but I don't have very long, elegant fingers... and I suffer from severe DSS to boot! Since carat sizes can vary, the largest diameter (RB) I feel I could wear on a daily basis would be about a 10-10.5mm (between 3.8 and 4.2 carats maybe??) in a simple solitaire setting.
...and I'd totally rock that bi***!!
That post was from 2 years ago so I doubt she'll answer you, but yes, her signature will explain she has a fun sense of humor and likes to poke around.
Not a LIW, but noticed that many people in this thread mentioned that they would like a smaller round brilliant than a fancy cut. Do RBs not look good above a certain size? Or do they face up larger? I thought that elongated shapes like marquise, emeralds would look bigger than RBs.
aptp|1478142959|4093151 said:Not a LIW, but noticed that many people in this thread mentioned that they would like a smaller round brilliant than a fancy cut. Do RBs not look good above a certain size? Or do they face up larger? I thought that elongated shapes like marquise, emeralds would look bigger than RBs.
I had to answer this one! I'm taking the GIA Distance Education course on Diamonds and Diamond Grading and I just listened to a lecture by Russell Shor that answered this question precisely! He broke it down into 3 reasons.
1. Larger diamonds (like the HUGE diamonds that go to the auction houses) are cut into fancy shapes rather than RB stones simply because it saves rough diamond weight. A diamond cutter loses a ton more weight cutting a round brilliant diamond compared to cutting a square shape like an emerald cut diamond.
2. Round brilliant diamonds are pretty bottom heavy, carrying around 70% of their weight on the bottom of the diamond. He makes the point of, why do people buy large diamonds? so that people can SEE their large diamonds! In fancy shapes, most of the weight of the diamond is at the top of the diamond where it can be seen
3. His last point was brief, but it was this point that made me go back and look up the lecture... After a certain size, round brilliants just don't react to light in the same way that more conventional sizes do.
I hope this answers your question!
I tried on a 2 ct the other day and it was like a weapon on mass destruction. It looked cray. I felt like my center of mass had gravitated to my hand *leans. For me 1.25 is pushing it, and I love my bling bling! I'd love a 1 ct that is an ideal size for me; classy, comfortable, and big enough to keep LA County satisfied with my perceived wealth.
I wear a 2.86 ct oec - faces up like 2.5-2.6 round - on a daily basis in a solitaire setting and I feel comfortable with it. I could go up to 9.5 mm, which is at about 3.3 carat in a round, or 4 ct. in cushion.
I posted on this thread (back in 2013) that the largest round I'd feel comfortable wearing would be 10-10.5 mm...
Well, I can assure you DSS is real because I now wear a 9.8 mm MRB soli, and I feel 100% confident I could very comfortably sport an 11+mm and not bat an eye. #thanksDSSandPricescope
I'd be very happy wearing a 10mm sized stone. My Tanzy is 10x8mm, my pink sapphire is 4.56cts, and even though I have small hands, I have big fingers 6.5size and I've found anything less than 2ct MRB looks quite small on me