Post # 1
Since I joined weddingbee I have noticed the following… Americans buy much bigger engagement rings than elsewhere… I’ve lived in the UK for 4 years and it’s quite rare to see “normal” people wearing rings over 1.5ct around… and I live in London! Even people whose fiances are quite well off seem to get them modest rings…
But here, on this board, you see lots of girls with 1.5 and 2ct rings!
Do you think it’s culture related? Do americans spend more on engagement rings, get indebted to buy it etc?
I’m just quite curious about it 🙂
Post # 3
I know you asked for non-US ladies, but I just wanted to say that it’s definitely regional even within the US. In the midwest, most are .3-.5. There are a few 1 carat rings, but not that many.
Post # 4
I think diamonds are a big status symbols here in North America. Diamonds are associated with wealth, power and the highest standards. While the other 3 Cs also help determine the cost of a diamond, the most obvious and easily recognizable to most people is carat size. The bigger the diamond = the more the couple spent on it = the more wealth they are thought to have.
I don’t think that the fact that diamonds are status symbols is less real to people in the UK, I think people there also see diamonds as indications of someone’s wealth, but maybe it’s a bit more important to people in the US, idk.
Also, jo.lee is right. The national average for diamond size in the US .38ct.
Post # 5
ahh that’s really interesting!!!
my guess, after reading your post, @deathbydesign, is that in the UK people don’t like to show off their wealth as much… They won’t go for big cars or lots of brand showing on their clothes (though you do see a few porsches and ferraris around london, they’re more often than not driven by foreigners)… and i imagine it’s the same for diamonds! they’d go for quality over size
and also would rather put a deposit down on a house than buy a diamond ring 🙂
Post # 6
Well you don’t need to preach to me lol! We bought a big stone, but it’s a moissanite, so it saved us thousands of dollars. While diamonds are associated with wealth… they’re actually worth next to nothing.
Perhaps people in Europe don’t show off their wealth as much as people in North America do. Like I said though, the majority of Americans actually don’t have super big diamond rings! It’s only in areas like New York where there are many people sporting stones 2ct +.
Post # 7
I agree with Jo.lee that its definitely a regional thing here.
Also, I’m Canadian but now live in the US with my DH. From my experience, I find that the engagement rings we looked at here in the states were much cheaper than back in Canada. For one example, I know my e-ring with a larger center stone and much more elaborate setting was actually less expensive than my SIL’s solitaire. So whether its due to larger markets with more competition contributing to better pricing, or something that’s way over my head…. one point to consider is it may just be that the larger stones etc. here fall a little closer in budget?
Post # 8
Lol I promise I wasn’t preaching :)! I know how heated these “ring size” topics can be and that’s not what I meant…. I just think it’s interesting to spot these cultural differences, and as you said, even regional differences!
Where I come from, for example, the e-ring is actually just the wedding band worn on the right ring finger….. so I think no one from there would ever spend more than $1000 on one 😛
Post # 9
@jo.lee: I live in the midwest (North Dakota) and I see plenty of 1 ct rings. Most of my friends have at least .8 ct. Granted, I am in the medical field, so that may have something to do with it, but many of my elementary school teacher friends have diamonds that big. Also, I live in the “big city” (all 80,000 of us…so big…rolls eyes), but it is the biggest city in this state, so maybe it is because of that? Who knows.
Post # 10
Oh I totally agree @mrsBtoBee: I’m from the UK too – diamonds seem a) waaaay more expensive here and b) much smaller. I really don’t know anyone who has even a carat…. most people have less than 0.5carats, if that!
Although, unfortunately for my boyfriend I’ve spent lots of time druelling over these lovely USA big bling rings and now I can’t imagine having a small diamond!!! Although if I even got 1 carat I would imagine most people would probably assume it was fake!!!
Post # 11
I’m from TX and I would say the rings I see tend to be about .5 to 1carat. I seldom ever see anything larger than just over a carat. Even within just the state though you’ll see huge differences in size. I’ve noticed that women in Dallas tend to have more blingy jewelry than women from San Antonio (Even though San Antonio has the biggest diamond jewelry store in the US). And in Austin I’d be willing to bet, there’s a lot of untraditional erings (“Keep Austin weird” anyone?). I’m really going to have to pay more attention to people’s hands the next time I’m out of the country.