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Quote this post and reply to it Post#1 @ 04-10-03 , 04:26 AM


Four carats?

Six carats?

Never?

Why? / Or why not?

How many "upgrades" are OK within a limited period of time, and how many border on obsession?

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When it is not realistic for your economic status and/or position in life.

If money is not an issue, a diamond can never be too big!

Here's a 10mm OEC sim that is actually 5.5CT, but faces up like a 4.0CT round brilliant. It's pretty big!

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Well...I think even if you are rich, and money is NO object, the diamond can be too big...

I know there are many holes in this argument (diamonds are a LUXURY regardless of the size) but I would have a problem with wearing over 3 carats, knowing that there are people who are homeless and starving, etc!!


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Anything is too big/expensive if you can't afford (a specific piece) and it isn't wise for you to own. I curb a lot of my purchases based on what others don't have and what I feel I can give them.

I personally would never buy a brand new car off the lot, but don't care if others do. For me, I view that as a waste like some view larger diamonds as a waste.

I think some diamonds are only 'too big' for certain purposes. For example, if wearing a ring gets in the way and you cant move/bend your fingers, it might make a better pendant/earrings. I don't like seeing peoples earobes being pulled down by large earrings so when I see a pierce hole that looks like a slit, that is too big (heavy) for me. I think there needs to be an element of impracticality for me to cry 'too big!'

I think there is more argument for me for if a stone is 'too perfect' rather than too large. Just as some people don't want/need a large stone, I don't need an IF/D stone.

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Diamonds become too big when you are the owner and deem it to be too big

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I'd say this is a personal issue. For me, a diamond is too big when it attracts too much attention... I'd say anything above 1.5 carats in my neck of the woods. Also, I think a diamond is probably too big if you have to incur debt to purchase it.

Just my $0.02, of course...

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Melissa--I won't flame you because I agree with you. I think there is a "too big".

It is a personal opinion. My friend has a 1.70 , and she thinks that it is small. I think she is crazy. To me, a 1.70 is too big.

I don't think I would go over a 1.50.

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i'm up to the 12 carat size, and still feelin' fine

then again i only like the lower color and clarity diamonds cuz i HATE to spend a lot of money on what *I* don't really mind (color/clarity-as long as it's eye clean and i've got bad eyesight!!-)

I don't get into debt over diamond purchases.... i make $1,000...spend $999 on diamonds.... make $1,000, spend $1001 (remember the dollar i saved earlier?) hahhahahaha


recently i did try on a 54.07 carat fancy yellow radiant..... perhaps that *may* be a bit too big for me....would need a few weeks to adapt to the size

that's my new dream/target!!!!!!! but not in yellow.


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Quote this post and reply to it Post#9 @ 04-10-03 , 02:26 PM


It depends on each situation. I would think over 3 carats is pretty big. You should always consider the shrinkage factor!!!

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I feel a diamond would be too "big" when one could no longer lift their arm.


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That is a great point.

I think there is a too big for me. And it became clear to me in that other thread when some of the larger stone wearers talked about people they don't know grabbing their hands and making inappropriate comments. I know I can't hide. I am 6 feet tall. But I don't like strangers touching me without permission. So if that was happening, it wouldn't be worth the sparkle. I would admire a rock like that on someone else, and probably comment. But rest assured ladies, I will never grab your hand without asking for a peek at your lovely ring.

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Quote this post and reply to it Post#12 @ 04-10-03 , 03:48 PM


That's an interesting point about the D/IF versus being too big - and actually another discusssion!

Where is the trade-off point for you?

I would rather have a 1ct D/IF diamond than a 2ct G/VS diamond - but that's obviously just my preference...

What about everyone else?

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Quote this post and reply to it Post#13 @ 04-10-03 , 03:49 PM


When does a diamond become too big?

When my neck is in danger of being permanently disfigured from the sling I need to hold up my hand.

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In my opinion, it is too big when the stone is wider than the finger it rests upon.


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I don't get into debt over diamond purchases.... i make $1,000...spend $999 on diamonds.... make $1,000, spend $1001 (remember the dollar i saved earlier?) hahhahahaha


Mercier that made me laugh.

But yeah, as a rule, I agree with Melissa. I think it can go too far.

If it's really important to you can you can save by trading off on some things like Mercier and Issa mentioned, that is one thing. But I think incessant upgrades and unending talk of "shrinkage" probably has more to do with the wearer and less to do with the rock at all. It's human conditioning to want more of this or that and to want more and more to satisfy them, but material objects are just that, materials.

If you are wearing a huge rock, enjoy it. I just hope you are doing some charity work too.


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I tend to agree with GemGoddess and Gin....I think it really depends on the type of ring and diamond, how it looks on the finger and the person wearing it.

Personally, I wouldn't go above 2.5-3 carats (for a RB) in this lifetime as I am only a small framed 5'2 and have quite small hands. Anything bigger would look too "gaudy" on me !

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And see, I am 5' 9" and wear an 8 1/4 on my ring finger, so I could wear a stone that is *quite* large without it stretching beyond the width of my finger...


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Yes, I am 5'8" and thin, but have always had a ring size of about 7 to 7-3/4.....people are surprised by that for some reason when I tell them how large my ring size is.

SO, I can also wear a larger diamond.......actually, I "like" the look of larger stones (jewelry) on my hands for that reason alone.......the smaller ones tend to make my fingers "look" fatter.....
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For me I think 3ct in a rb, and about 5 ct. for every other cut. I Have rarely seen a rb over 3 carats that I thought was beautiful....but if you check out other cuts in on the Tiffany & Co. Website, JB Star, Art of Platinum etc....fancy cuts in HUGE carat sizes look great! BTW, I'm also on the skinny tall side with long fingers (5'7" ring size: 5.5).I think on a petite woman, anything over 2 carats looks "fake". I'm so glad my parents and the good Lord blessed me with my height and my huge hands to be able to wear big diamonds!

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I'm nearsighted.
I need a big diamond.

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a diamond is only "too big" if being worn by someone you don't like, and/or the thought of such a thing -be it one carat or ten- is out of your economic reach. of course this is a matter of personal taste, not to mention where you live and who you're hanging around with. i wouldn't dream of wearing or owning ANY of my pieces if i lived in osh kosh and my dear husband were a garbage man. -no offense to sanitation workers, or osh kosh, if there is such a place. -and anyway, didn't we just have this discussion?

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So basically, Michele, what you are saying is that a diamond can never be too big but only the rich should be able to enjoy them, since they are the only ones that can afford them, hmm?

Here's my thing - a lot more people can "afford" a 10ct diamond than would ever dream of purchasing such a stone. Hell, even average to lower income types could afford big rocks if they made it their priority to save for one. I'm talking 5ct +, and decent quality. Why don't they?

And I suppose you are referring to the "Would you really want a Big Rock?" thread started by EmpressEva. That thread allowed people to post their answers to that specific question. This thread is different. It asks those same people who answered "yes" to Eva's question if there is ever a line drawn and a limit made.

I think the answers reveal a lot.


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I'm with Cyberkat and Sixcatstoo.

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I think it depends on the individual. I think the diamond is too big when you feel afraid to wear it because you don't like the attention and feel like you may be robbed at any moment. If you are too self conscience of the ring being so big, then it's probably too big for you. If you can confidently wear it without always worrying about it, then you have a good size for you.

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