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Given that the cut, color, and clarity of a given diamond is all ideal, what would you say is the perfect size carat stone? I know that you would love anything your significant other were to give you etc. and that size is a personal choice. That said, what size diamond would you consider to be realistically ideal. I'm trying to get an average size concensus of what's considered to be a decent sized stone out there.

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I personally like 0.75-1.00 carats.

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It really depends on your personal preference. Everyone is different. Have you looked at different size stones? For me it would be 1.0-1.25. I currently have a 1 carat. I use to want a 1.5 carat, until I saw my friends, and then I thought it was to big. Some like bigger stones, and some even like smaller stones under 1 ct. If you havn't done so yet, shop around and try different sizes on.

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I'd love to have 2 or 3 ct.....but realistically that would never happen!! =o)
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I forgot to mention, when you have an ideal cut, they do look bigger than the actual size. People at work always think mine is bigger than 1 carat. (i also have a cathedral setting, so that might add to it.) My friend has a 1.55, and two people at work thought ours was around the same size with hers being " a tad bit bigger". I thought WHOA........there is a HUGE difference between 1 ct and 1.55 ct. But, maybe they don't pay attention to size.

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It seriously depends on your social circle, your geographic region, and the size of your fingers. However, you're unlikely to go too terribly wrong with a 1.0-1.5.

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I never said that!!! I actually wanted something smaller than he would have bought on his own, however I wanted a better cut than he would have gotten.

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Well, for a guy, it's different since I think far fewer men wear diamond rings than women. I tried to wear a woman once, but never mind.

I have a .5 ct which is rather special, but a little small. I am still happy to own it, but prefer about 1.25 ct (7 mm) for a ring. It's noticeable but not outrageous.

A former co-worker had a 1.4 ct stone and we all thought it was positively massive. Personally, I think about a 1 ct makes a fine solitaire for a lady.

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on whether you are talking about a round or fancy shape. My Ideal size round would be about 1.5-2.0 ct, but since fancies tend to look a little bigger, I'd be happy with a 1.0-1.5 which I have!

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a question of size?
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If you have lots of money to spend, two carats is great however if you really do your research you will realize that proportion is king.....go for as close to a perfect cut as you can get and your stone will sparkle like the star it is!

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Personally, I think a 1-1.25 ct centerstone for a three-stone ring and 1.25-1.5 ct for a solitaire would be ideal.


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Personally, I believe the size of the stone depends on the desired setting. The setting, especially if there are sidestones can enhance the beauty of a stone or distract attention from the stone. Additionally, the wrong setting can make a beautiful stone (of any size) look tacky. My personal preference is under a carat, but I really do not care for solitares, and my opinion may be biased.

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1 - 1.25 MAX
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Personally, I prefer 1 to 1.25 carat stones. Anything bigger is just too ostentatious for me since I am petite and wear a size 2 1/2 ring.


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I almost had it! But we won't go there...

My dream stones are:

First choice: a 3 carat, G-J color, VVS-SI1 clarity, Old European cut;

Second choice: a 2 carat G-I VVS Eight Star.

I'm 5'9", and wear a size 14 (finally!)...I've never been accused of being petite, and anything under a carat and a half looks too small on my size 7.5 ring finger.

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I think that depends on the social class, and the woman's preference.

For the middle class, I think a decent-size stone is minimum one carat. Again, it also depends on the woman's preference.

Personally, I love the look of big rocks (+2 carats), but I don't think I can carry it off tastefully. It would look too big on me. I'm quite petite, and already, people think my one-carat is huge. It's relative, really. If an average-height woman wore my ring, it wouldn't look as big.

In fact, a related situation happened today. This morning, my boss yelled for his partner to look at my ring. "Hey, come look at Eva's ring! It's HUGE!"

I was really embarrassed. I was the new design intern. I didn't want that sort of attention. I stammered,"No, no, it's only one carat!"

My boss was amazed. He said, "Really?? My wife's ring is one carat . . . !" He actually took my hand, and stared at my stone.

His partner arrived, and stared at my hand, too. He smiled, and said,"That's very nice!"

What's ironic is that my boss and his partner are architects. They're experts at size and proportions. It's obvious I'm petite, and thus, my stone is not huge. It's relative. Their reaction surprised me.

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1.5 to 2.0 carats. But not for a few years!!!

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I was asked twice AGAIN, if my 1 carat was a 1.25...... I guess cut really makes a difference!!

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On me, I prefer round brillinants from 1.0 to 1.25. I like fancies a little larger-about 1.30. (1.50 in a princess since they are a deep cut).

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I think it is a function of age, economic situation, size of hands, length of fingers, size of other jewelry, taste, etcetera. Most women look great with stones around 1 to 1.5 carats, but some women can get away with much larger diamonds. Once you cross the 4 carat line, however, I would say you enter into the world of flash, not good taste.

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For me, proportions are very important. I've seen large diamonds on young women with small hands, and everytime I look the diamond just looks too big and flashy. On the other hand, a one carat would look small on a woman with large hands. I'd love a one carat, but my .82 looks proportionally perfect for my 4.25 size finger. Not too big, not too small.

Are you buying for a woman? If so, the safest bet is probably to get at least a carat, but no bigger than 1.5, unless her hands are very large.

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I have fairly long fingers, ring finger is size 5 1/2. I'm almost 5 ' 7".

I was married pretty young; my hubby had bought me a .76 round from a mall store. That marriage unfortunately did not last; but the good news is that I recently became engaged again to a really terrific guy. This time, we decided to buy me the dream diamond (well, at least, as close to the dream as I could get) I got a 1.76 carat round, F, VS1, lovely cut. I had it set in a Scott Kay platinum setting with four smaller rounds (total of about 1/2 carat, I think). I think the ring looks stunning on my finger and I'm thrilled, thrilled, thrilled. But if I had won the lottery for money instead of the lottery for men, I would have opted for a two carat center stone of the same quality. That would be my dream. Beyond two carats I think would look too flashy.

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You and I are about the same size! I'm also "almost" 5'7 with a 5 1/2 ring size with long fingers! and congratulations on your engagement. If you look at my post above, you'll notice that your new engagement ring is *exactly* what I think is tasteful in a round!

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I think 1 - 1.25ct is the perfect size for me, but it has to be well cut I should say that's for a round; for a fancy I would go a little smaller, probably just around 1ct, although for a princess I would go a bit bigger, probably 1.25 - 1.5ct. Anything bigger than that would be wearing me instead of me wearing it.

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I think I would probably like 1.75 - 2 carats; I'm 5'9" tall and wear a size 6 - 6.5 ring (6 fits just fine on my left hand, but I like my rings 1/2 a size bigger to allow for summer swelling).

Of course, I wouldn't object to something even bigger!

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123 -- I don't think there is any perfect size! It truly depends on each individual's taste, and your budget. In some areas of the country/social groups most people have over a carat, but in others .50 ct is more usual.

Are you shopping for yourself, or your future fiancée?? If it's for your girl, then you DO need to find out what her preference is. Lots of girls think anything under 1 ct isn't enough "rock." I thought that once, until I tried some on, and realized that around 3/4 looked better on my hand, and would be more practical to wear all the time. I prefer higher color/clarity in a smaller stone, but others don't mind an H Si1 and would rather have the size. If you think you need to get a carat then consider choosing one slightly under 1.0. A Superideal cut in the .90-.99 range will look just as big as a mall diamond that is just over 1.0 ct.

You need to decide what your budget is, then decide what your minimum color/clarity grades are. Then pick the largest ideal cut you can get for your budget. If you haven't read Diasurfers story of how he chose his diamond take a look at it. You will find it very helpful.

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Thanks for the congrats, Suching!

I think the size 1 3/4 carats looks great on long fingers like ours. Sizable but not too extreme. I'd definitely recommend it for ladies of our size/shape.

Since this lovely sparkler landed on my finger earlier this week, I've wondered if I suddenly won a cash lottery if I'd trade up for my dream 2 carat. It really would not be THAT much different from 1 3/4 carats, would it? I think I would try to be content with what I have, even if I could afford more. I tend to make myself crazy wanting stuff, so I'm really trying to learn to be happy with all the good fortune I already have. Do you other DT folks feel similarly?

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