The days where one carat engagement rings were considered substantial are long gone. Nowadays it takes a 2 or 3 carat large diamond ring to elicit some jaw-dropping.
My preference for engagement ring carat size is 1.0 to 1.5 carats- I want people to look at my face/eyes when they talk to me rather than gawking at the size of my bling. My ring has a 1.25 carat diamond and I’ve had a few people comment on how large the diamond is (although I do have extremely small hands which also makes the diamond seem larger).
A decent quality big engagement ring of 2 carats will set you back about $12,00 – $14,000 bones while a large diamond ring with 3 carats will probably exceed about $20,000. FYI…The carat is about the weight of the diamond and not the size. The heavier the diamond the more carat size it has
If you want the look of a large diamond ring but can’t quite afford the price, here are a few tips:
Avoid buying round diamonds. While they are the most brilliant of all the shapes, they also tend to look the smallest. Oval and marquis engagement shapes tend to look larger then their round shaped diamond equals as they are longer, creating an illusion of greater size.
A bezel setting is a good choice for making a diamond look larger. A bezel setting is where the diamond has precious metal wrapped around it, emphasizing the circumference.
Consider a three stone engagemetn ring versus a solitaire. A 3 stone engagement ring can add up to the weight of a solitaire, look just as large and in charge, but cost much less. This is because larger diamonds are more rare and therefore cost more than smaller diamonds which add up to the same carat weight.
Also, tiny accent side-stones that surround a center stone, can accentuate the center diamond.
A word of warning about big engagement rings. If your stone size exceeds 2 carats, people may start to think that your ring is fake and start asking you questions about the authenticity of the diamond. If you are sensitive in nature and questions like this would perturb you, you might be better off with a smaller stone size. Otherwise, a witty retort will keep any naysayers in check.