Post # 1
Doing some reading it seems that there is a consenus that in the UK anything 1ct or over is considered large. Why is this? Higher cost? Taxes? I honestly have no idea and am just curious 🙂
I was actually looking at vintage rings the other day and my favorites were all from the UK go figure!
Post # 3
@EyeLoveKitties: Commenting to follow really as I am a UK waiting bee. I don’t think I know anyone with a 1ct diamond here, I think the UK’s prices are higher than the USA but I could be wrong.
Post # 4
@EyeLoveKitties: Diamonds are generally more expensive in the UK than in the US. I have seen bees post that it can be cheaper to buy a diamond in the US and import it, even with the customs taxes.
Also, I think that in some British circles, showing off your wealth is taboo. Flashiness in any sense (not just rings) can make people uncomfortable.
And there is also a greater culture of spending money on travel rather than things, so I think lots of people choose to put more money towards the honeymoon.
However, I do think rings are getting bigger and diamond bands are becoming more common!
Post # 5
@EyeLoveKitties: I have a moissanite and never really looked at diamond prices because we figured they would be too expensive. I think diamonds are more expensive here. Also there’s not a culture of large engagement rings. People tend to have fine jewellery (expensive and understated) and cocktail jewellery (flashy and cheap). So I think that when people see large engagement rings here, they assume that they’re fake. This leads to more people having smaller engagement rings, which further fuels the myth! For reference, I have a 0.75ct solitaire and it’s one of the biggest I’ve seen here. It is changing though! I see more halos now … but perhaps I never noticed people’s rings before weddingbee 😉
Post # 6
I can confirm this is true! I am in the UK but I am from the US and I am constantly getting comments about how ‘huge’ my ring is over here. It’s a .8 center stone with a halo, and I think quite average size by US standards.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse
I’m in Canada and am amazed at the size of some of the rings on here. I have maybe seen 3-4 rings in real life that are over a carat but the average is 0.3-0.75 here. I assume it might be higher in the big cities.
Post # 8
I’ve never seen any uk bees with large stones in their rings. Diamonds here are so expensive ! I saw a 1ct solitaire yesterday in goldsmiths high street store for around £9000!
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2015 - Leicester, UK
After seeing some of the ‘post your specs and price’ blogs, I definitely think diamonds/metals are more expensive in the UK, as I now notice EVERYONE’S ring and i would say the average carat size is between .25 and .5 here..I rarely see any bigger than that!
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn
mine is a .7 diamond and i would say its one of the largest within my friendship circles. i get ALOT of comments about the size of it. compared to some on here though its positively tiny!!
@Audrey2: +100 about the ‘taboo’ – of anything too ‘flashy’!! i would say that UK tends to be quite traditional in the sense of wedding sets – smaller diamond solitaire with a plain band… i remember my mums face when i told her i was getting a channel set wedding band – omg – i got a MASSIVE lecture about how impractical it was!! LOL!
things are changing though – i have see one or two halos recently (had NEVER seen one before joining the Bee!) and diamond wedding bands are getting much more popular!
Post # 12
That’s really interesting to hear about the taboo of things being too flashy. My only exposure to young people in the UK has been when I used to watch TOWIE so I would never have thought of that, although I should have known that is a terrible example! lol
Post # 13
I agree completely that diamonds AND gold are way too pricey over here. To substitute, me and my husband to be very happily bought white gold cz for my engagement ring, and have bought whte gold cz for my wedding ring too. You cant tell the difference and my friends and family always comment how beautiful they are. I dont keep it a scret that its cz, im very proud 🙂
Post # 14
@ellestardust: Gorgeous! I love your chevron band! 🙂
Post # 15
@EyeLoveKitties: Umm, for many people TOWIE IS taboo, lol! There is a stereotype of Essex people being a bit trashy. I’m sure it’s largely unfair as I have a couple of lovely friends from Essex who couldn’t be more classy 🙂 But the TOWIE crew are playing up to the stereotype!
Post # 16
@Audrey2: Haha yes no doubt! I have relatives from what is basically the “Jersey Shore” area so I understand the stereotyping! I should have known better 🙂