It''s really personal preference. Typically side stones are slightly smaller but if you''re considering using diamonds as the side stones this is going to cost you a fair amount because of the size they''d need to be.
To get an idea of what you like, do a Google Image search for asscher rings. There are some lovely pictures on there and it might help you to make a decision on what you want.
As Chrono suggested, as a starting point, measure the straight line at each side and that should really be the largest size that won''t overwhelm the look. On a 8mm central stone I would think the straight edge will be around 6mm so if you''re looking at Asscher side stones that will equate to a 1ct Asscher (perhaps even slightly bigger) on each side. Traps will be slightly smaller in carat weight I would think.
To cut costs you could consider a double tapered baguette side or go for 4mm Asscher sides etc.
autumngems, I kinda struggled with this too. In the end I went a "full" look. My traps pretty much start and stop from prong to prong. I played around with different sizes of traps in Leon''s office. I always came back to a fuller look, but it really is your personal taste.
I don''t know if this will answer your question totally, but it might help. It''s an interactive ring design site, and you can choose different size side stones. You have to answer a couple questions before it will start, but it''s not a big deal.
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