You're sure you're okay with a small diamond?
My soon-to-be fiancé and I were discussing marriage, and the topic of the engagement ring had just surfaced.
I was going to Oxford for five months, and my boyfriend didn't want any Brits trying to make a move on me.
However, we were both still college students and didn't have a lot of money.
We knew the ring would be something much more simple, plain, and smaller than what was popular at the time.
And you know what?
I didn't care a single bit.
If you're anxious about your engagement ring stone size, here's why you shouldn't care, too...
Your Engagement Ring Stone Size Shouldn't Bankrupt You
As my boyfriend and I searched for engagement rings I loved, my first thought was always, "What do I want that we can afford?"
The trend was to get an engagement ring with a diamond at least one carat or larger, entrenched in a band of (preferably) platinum.
However, I just wanted a quality, princess-cut diamond of 1/3 or 1/2 carat size, which was also agreeable with our bank accounts.
Likewise, you should consider the stone size and quality you want in relation to your finances.
Most people will argue for quality over quantity, and I fully agree.
You'd much rather have a stone that sparkles for the rest of your life as opposed to one that's large but has obvious flaws that even an untrained eye can catch.
Being stuck with a large but lower-grade diamond is less fiscally responsible than a smaller but high-quality stone.
If you really want a larger engagement ring stone and you can afford one that's nearly flawless, that's perfectly acceptable as long as you and your significant other can afford it.
But don't feel peer pressured by society.
You don't need to go bigger or go home if your budget is more limited.
The Stone Size Needs to Make Your Hand Look Good
In addition to price and quality, a huge factor in my boyfriend choosing the 1/3 carat diamond he proposed to me with was the fact that my hands are pretty small.
I can easily fit my hand into glasses and travel mugs to wash them.
So the idea of a one or two carat diamond covering the majority of one finger (and probably overlapping onto others) made my stylish side cringe.
If you're like me, there's almost no reason to buy a large engagement stone.
A smaller stone size won't seem as trendy and will look tasteful on your hand for years to come.
Unless you truly don't care about how large your engagement ring looks when worn, opt for stylish proportions despite what others may be telling you.
The Engagement Ring Stone Size Says NOTHING About Your Love
For years, the common perception about engagement ring sizes is that the bigger the stone, the more your significant other loves you.
This is dead wrong.
This materialistic mindset doesn't hold true when you think about the millions of happily married couples who can't even afford rings or who have small engagement stones, but stay married through the toughest of times.
I'm not sure many of today's couples can say that about their own relationships.
If you're assuming that your significant other needs to buy you an engagement stone as large as their love for you, you'd best realize that you can't put a size or price value on love.
Ultimately, the only things that should matter when you're choosing a stone size are your bank accounts, your preferences, and your hand size.
You shouldn't worry about what others think of your stone size.
It should make you and your significant other happy, and you two alone.
Do you agree that engagement ring stone size shouldn't matter? Why do you think it does? Get the discussion going in the comments below!