What is considered a big diamond and what is considered a small diamond?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What is considered a big diamond? What is a small diamond?
    small is less than .5 ct : (241 votes)
    29 %
    small is less than .75 ct : (84 votes)
    10 %
    small is less than 1 ct : (73 votes)
    9 %
    small is less than 2 ct : (4 votes)
    0 %
    Big is more than .5 ct : (12 votes)
    1 %
    Big is more than .75 ct : (21 votes)
    3 %
    Big is more than 1 ct : (222 votes)
    27 %
    Big is more than 2 ct : (165 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I think this definitely depends on where you live and your social circle.  I would say for me, I live in a really affluent area of SoCal, so anything under around .75 is small to me.  I would say the average in my social circle is around 1.  You didn’t have this option, but I would say anything over 1.5 is large to me, since most of my friends are in their late 20s/early 30s and we pay a ton to live here, so affording more than 1.5 is a bit ridiculous.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

    @SparkleBee11:  My social group has a huge range of people that are at very financially different places. I think less than .5 is small and anything bigger than 1 is big. I have seen a few people with above 1.5 though.

    Post # 5
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    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I consider less than 0.5 small and over 1 as big, however that being said, where I live my 1.01 centre 1.24 ctw ring is way big compared to my friends and colleagues. In my area/social circle most people have 0.3-0.75. I also have trouble differentiating size though. My one friend has a 0.6 solitaire that just looks HUGE on her.

    Post # 6
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    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I consider less than .75 small and more than 2 carats big. Anything in between is average size to me. 

    Post # 7
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    4245 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 1997

    I agree that this is entirely dependent upon your location and the jewelry of those surrounding you. What is “huge” to one person might be run-of-the-mill to another. Where I live, my ring tends to be perceived as very large, and when I visit a friend my ring is likely viewed as a cute “starter ring”. Neither perception is necessarily correct, and we didn’t purchase my ring for the sake of someone else’s preconceived notions. 

    A person needs to keep in mind standard of living, too. Whereas a nice home in one location might run $175K, that same home or same square footage might easily run double or more that price in another location. It goes without saying that salaries are generally in line with the standard of living, so “middle class” could easily be double the salary in one location versus another. The price of jewelry is pretty uniform across the board, making it likely that areas with a lower standard of living will generally have smaller pieces than those with a higher standard. 

    Post # 8
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    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I think it depends on a few things.  In different areas different rock sizes will be more or less common.  I’ve also seen rings that look humongous on small hands and proportionate on larger hands.  For me personally, less than .5 carats is small, and over 1.5 and up is big.  I also think design’s a big factor.  For example, this ring is about a 1/4 carat:

    The stone doesn’t feel small to me because it’s well integrated into the design.  That same size stone in a Tiffany style solitaire, however, would look small to me.

    Post # 9
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    1409 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    Over 2 is big.. Under 1 is small (IMO)

    Post # 10
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    1786 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Under .25 is small and over .75 is big to me. 

    Post # 11
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    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    This is my ring and I think the center stone is only 1/3 carat. If we had been buying a ring I picked, I would have went bigger, but the stone was his great grandma’s and we had to find a setting it would look good in. But I really love my ring now and think it looks great. I think that if your ring is too big, it can just look ridiculous and I would worry about being robbed lol

    Post # 12
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    3773 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    ‘small’ is less than .5 ct. but I’d say significantly smaller like more towards the .25 ct. ‘big’ for me is definitely anthing over 1ct

    Post # 13
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    2146 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    To me, ‘small’ is less that .30ish. ‘Big’ is more than 1.

     

    Post # 14
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    669 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    It depends where you live, honestly. “Small” and “Big” in NYC or DC are not the same as Jacksonville, FL for instance.

    Post # 15
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    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Actually the more I think about it the more I would pick ‘over 1.5 is big’ if the option were available

    Post # 16
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    1473 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I chose a .5 and under being small but, in all reality it’s the normal size where I’m from. I know very few people who have bigger than a 1 ct solitaire (1 tcw is different than a 1 carat solitaire, IMO). And those people who have around a carat are considered very wealthy. Honestly, size doesn’t really matter here at all and I love that. Sometimes living in a small town has its advantages. 

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