Carat Size – How Big Can You Handle It?

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NEO Melee

So you've found your bae, and want to start shopping for a bit of bling to make it official. Typically one of the first questions that pops to mind is, "how many carats?". First instinct is to think, well, bigger is always better. But in the case of moissanite, we find our clients want to balance a big delicious stone that will garner them some attention, while making sure it's still believable. By believable, we mean that ya'll want it to pass for a diamond, and may or may not tell the world that it's not. And we are cool with that, yo. I'm not gonna tell ya how to live your life.

We also find that many customers base their ideal carat size off of popular carat sizes where they live. I've had people tell me that going anywhere near 1 carat will be a dead giveaway that it's not legit where they live, others have mentioned around 3 carats is average, and we've heard that in Germany, from one sweet client of ours, that the average carat size is 7-9. Yes, you read that correctly, 7 carats is considered a wee small engagement ring. We are actually working to source a gorgeous 10 carat NEO diamond cut or round brilliant for her, as the 7.8 carat (also known as My Precious) wasn't quite juicy enough. Oh, and our NEO guy mentioned to me a few years ago that they often sell huge stones overseas, and 10-15 carats is not uncommon. #HolyShitThatsHuge #ThatsWhatSheSaid

I wonder how heavy a 15 carat moissanite is? That 7.8 carat NEO has some pretty decent weight to it. Would your arm get tired lugging that 15 carat around? I'm thinking we should get one and test it out, but I'm curious if my left arm will be all swole from sporting that monster 'round town.

 

We often have clients that come to us and say they want a 1.75 carat, not 1.5, or 2 carat. Which is great, and we'd love to oblige, but round moissanite isn't typically cut in that carat size. Did you realize the difference in size between a 1.5 carat and a 2 carat is one half of a millimeter? 7.5mm vs 8mm. Do ya'll remember the metric system from school? I basically didn't until I got in this biz, and I gotta tell ya, it's SO much easier than the stupid-ass standard measurement system we use here in the U.S., with inches and feet and shit. Tell me again how much 3/8" is? Gah. Anyhoo, a half of a millimeter is so freaking small, you can barely see it.

Average carat size we sell is 2 carats, and round is the most popular cut. Cushion cuts take 2nd place.

Fluff It Up: A round 6-prong setting will make your stone look a little bit larger than it actually is.

We Do Think Bigger IS Better

Get you mind outta the gutter, girl, we are still talkin' about jewelry. What we suggest, if you are on the fence about carat size, is to go with the larger. (shocking advice coming from a jeweler, eh?) But legit - the reason is - we've never had anyone come back to us and say, "oh hell, I shoulda gotten the smaller one." Not one.

How Big Is Too Big?

Below you'll see photos I've taken of various carat shapes and sizes on my hand. We can also refer to this section of the post as "How Many Colors Does Jen's Hand Come In?"

Four carats looks pretty good to me. Carat size reference shot, ring finger size 5.

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What would a 1 carat cushion cut look like on me? Size reference shot, ring size 5. #NEOrocks

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What will a 2 carat pear cut look like on me? This! I wear a size 5. ?

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How big does a 1.75 carat Emerald cut look? Shown on a size 5 finger.

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Not sure what size stone to have in your engagement ring? This is a 2.73 carat cushion cut, on a size 5 finger.

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2.45 ct vs 1.85. Size comparison, on a size 5 finger.

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Round vs Oval, 2 Carat Comparison

Sizes From 1.7-3 Carats

Epic stack of NEO moissanite! Delish. #NEOmoissanite

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My hand really does come in a lot of odd colors, doesn't it? I've got poor circulation, so you never know if we'll have a lovely pale ivory, blue-ish gray, or a bold red. (watch out in the winter if I sneak up on ya, my hands are icy and I'm likely to use them as a weapon.)

What size have YOU been dreaming about? Carat size, people, c'mon now. 😉 Tell us in the comments!

24 Responses

  1. Cathy
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    Def a 3.5 carat, in an oval or princess cut.although don’t rule out a brilliant.
    Halo and stones in band..
    Your Anya design! 🙂
    Oh and In white gold.. ????
    Your info is amazing.. Oh and Grape Seed Extract will help with your circulation issue! ( but trust me no one looks at your hands while you are wearing those gorgeous rings!)

    Xx

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Thank you Cathy! SO glad you love our posts! We try to teach everyone about our stones, jewelry and related bits. Jewelers aren’t known to be a trustworthy bunch, and we want ya’ll to have faith in us. I’ll tell ya straight up if I don’t like a stone, or if the design you sent is wack. 😉

      3.5 carats is a great size – I wore a 3.5 carat emerald cut for a while and loved it. I had a 5 carat cushion for a bit, looked a bit enormous on my hand. 😉

      LOVE our anya setting, it’s soooo pretty in person. Awesome news, I can source gorgeous colorless princess cuts now, we couldn’t get a white princess cut to save our life for years, and now we have 2!

      Grape seed extract? I’ll seriously have to try that – thank you for the tip! *as she types with frozen fingers*

  2. Clare quinn
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    Great post 🙂 I would love a 2 or 3ct pear with a thin studded band xx

  3. kimberly
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    cant decide between a 3 or a 4 carat cushion, in your natalie setting, in yellow gold <3 <3 <3

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Yum! So we can get 2.8, 3.3, and 4.2 carat sizes in the NEO cushion, my fav square cushion we sell. What is your ring size? If you have smaller fingers, the stone will look larger, and vice versa. You can use that to help you choose…

  4. Derricka
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    Hi Jen! Thanks for the info!! I’m upgrading my center stone for my wedding ring and am thinking of going with a 3 carat round forever one moissanite. Thoughts???

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Hiya Derricka! Fun! Gotta love an upgrade. Forever One moissanite is beautiful! So are our NEO diamond and round brilliant cuts, if you want to spend a bit less and get a bit more. The diamond cut was developed to minimize light dispersion, which cuts down on the disco-ball effect that some don’t like in Charles & Colvard’s moissanite. The round brilliant is a newer cut, it was developed to maximize light dispersion, so you get more fire, although the symmetry on this cut is an improvement over C&C. They analyzed amora gems, C&C’s stones, several Chinese cut moissanites and others to develop their cuts. NEO also has a kick ass warranty, covers chips and scratching as well as color changes and clouding.

      Read more about Guy (the dude behind the NEO) and the NEO in my Mad Scientist blog post.

  5. Madeline Davidson
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    i’m dreaming of a 2 carat princess cut moissanite in a simple yellow gold setting. ahhhh heart eyes motha f…. well you know the rest of the saying. 😉

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Hahaha, you cracked me up! That would be gorgeous, and we could absolutely make yo’ dream come true. 😀

  6. Darci Gordon
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    Message: Hello Jen! I am hoping you can help me. I am in the market for a 4 or 5 carat princess cut moissinate.
    I prefer d-e-f in color. I am concerned about it looking like a prism or disco ball. Does that make sense some forever ones I have seen especially look like a crystal prism with rainbow streaks. I hate that. Which manufacturer do you think looks most natural in comparaision to a diamond for a princess cut this large? Thank you

  7. Jen Hollywood-Showell
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    Hiya Darci! We can def help. I love our new ZAYA moissanite princess. NEO princess cut rocks too, but the largest I can get for now isn’t gonna cut it, lol, it’s 1 carat. Check out the ZAYA here – I like the faceting better than the F1, it looks more like a princess cut diamond – https://www.instagram.com/p/BPTHygxBZjH/?taken-by=jhollywooddesigns

    Some moissanite does have a lot of that disco ball thing happening, I don’t love that either. With the larger cuts that we sell in both NEO and ZAYA, I don’t find they do it as much.

    ZAYA is colorless, too. *grin*

  8. Darci Gordon
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    Jen-
    Do you prefer the zaya over the super nova? I am looking for a 4 or 5 carat in a 14kt white gold cathedral setting. I have a 4 1/4 ring size. I want it to look bling bling huge but also realistic. Can you email me over some price quotes 🙂
    Darciglam@hotmail.com

  9. Jen Hollywood-Showell
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    Hey Darci – Each brand has their standout cuts. I’ll email ya!

  10. lalagt
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    LOVE THIS BLOG! Your writing style cracks me and and has me sold! I already forwarded your site to my boyfriend!
    Keep it up doll!

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Thank you SO much! We like having fun. LOTS of fun. lol We look forward to hearing from your honey! Jen xx

  11. Vance
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    Hi all! Been on the engagement ring hunt for a couple of months now, pretty much settled on the Supernova Moissanite( The Laurel 2.8c to be exact). We looked at a few traditional emerald cut rings in person at a local jewelry to try and get some sizing pegged down (since emerald cuts are so hard to find). They were around 1.25 carat and the larger was 1.7. The lady definitely wasn’t impressed with the 1.25 and almost seemed to settle at the 1.7. My dilemma is being that these moissanites are much more affordable, I can swing the larger 2.8 but don’t want it to be too big and flashy.

    What do you think? Go for the 2.8 or split the difference at 2.0c ?

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Hey Vance! Emerald cut diamonds are harder to find than other cuts, but good idea to go look at some in person to get an idea of sizing. On the moissanite brand, I prefer the NEO emerald cut to the Supernova. The clarity is amazing, they are less expensive (still colorless) and also have a kickass warranty that covers chips and scratches as well as color changes and clouding. Supernova doesn’t come with a warranty and I need about a month to get them cut for us. On carat size, emerald cuts come in a 1.75 and a 2.45, in that size range you are considering. What is her finger size? If she’s a size 4 then the 2.45 carat will look bigger on her than if she wore a 6, 7, etc. Here is our NEO emerald cut in a video – https://www.instagram.com/p/BUUgc08h2rj/?taken-by=jhollywooddesigns What do you think?

      • Vance
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        Thanks for the quick response! She’s a 6.25 ring size and prefers flashy, so the 2.45 may be a good fit. I believe it was the colorless quality that made her lean towards Supernova over NEO, but I’ll take your word for it (and I like the sounds of that warranty).

  12. Jen Hollywood-Showell
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    Sure! 2.45 is a really nice size, and if she wears a 6.25 I think that’s the way to go. The 1.75 looks a lil bit small to me when I play around with them. NEO is colorless as well, and I have one left in stock. Waiting on a re-stock, need more! lol

    • Vance
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      I guess that’s a good thing. Any chance you could let me know if it would be possible to get that 2.45 NEO emerald cut into a setting really similar to the Laurel with the two baguettes?

  13. Brenda
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    Hey Jen. Love all the comments and responses! Been looking at moissanite for a couple of years. Of course like everyone I would like to get the biggest bang for my little buck. So I don’t want anything yellow but not necessarily white. I really like the laurel design with perhaps a 4carat stone round. Neo? Is it possible to get a price quote or approximate idea of cost?

    Thanks
    Brenda

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Of course! 😉 The Laurel is gorgeous with a large round center, and we could do a near colorless NEO for ya, would be stunning. Shoot us a msg over on Etsy to get pricing? We are playing catch-up this week, all last week we were in Vegas at a jewelry convention. Thx!

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