A Side-by-Side Carat Comparison of Different Engagement Ring Sizes

We all probably have somewhat of an idea of what our dream engagement ring would look like. While you may know your ideal shape or cut, what’s your perfect size? Sure, sure, it may be easiest to say—whatever is the biggest! But in reality, a 4-carat ring may actually be too big for your finger—or vice versa. We’ve gone over this in some detail before, but to help you zero in on the ring size that may suit you best even more, we tapped Stephanie Gottlieb, a private jeweler in NYC, to show us what a 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-carat classic round ring actually looks like on someone’s actual hand.

Below, Stephanie is showcasing what these four different ring sizes look next to each other, as well as individually. Note that she has a size 4.75 finger, so you can imagine what the ring size would look like on yours based on that. Keep scrolling to learn more and uncover your ideal engagement ring. Plus, go a bit further to shop a few of our favorite rings of the moment at a variety of different sizes. We bet you’d say “I do” to at least one of them.


(Image credit: Stephanie Gottlieb)


(Image credit: Stephanie Gottlieb)


(Image credit: Stephanie Gottlieb)

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If you’re looking for more sparkling inspiration, check out Stephanie's curated Instagram account!

Opening Images: The Chriselle Factor, Margo & Me

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.