What is considered a “large” ring where you live? (or among your friends)

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Where you live/among your group of friends/family, what is considered a "large" diamond?
    Something under .50 could be considered large : (24 votes)
    2 %
    .50 to 1 carat : (148 votes)
    14 %
    1 to 1.5 carats : (353 votes)
    33 %
    1.5 to 2 : (278 votes)
    26 %
    over 2 : (271 votes)
    25 %
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    Helper bee

    When I moved to Chicago, everyone’s standard seemed to be 1 carat or more.  That was pretty shocking to me.

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    Bee Keeper

    Large would have to be over 2, I work in midtown manhattan and I see even 3 carat rings pretty regularly.

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    Sugar bee

    I work at a restaurant in a really wealthy part of town and I see some big ol’ rocks every day!

    I would say that 80% of the customer whose rings I see have over 2 carats. Crazy, right?

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    Bee Keeper

    I live in a city of about 100,000, and mine is pretty large (1.5 carats.) I spent a week in NYC over the summer, and my ring seemed much, much smaller there! I think it is so interesting as well!

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    Honey bee

    I would say under 1 is average here. 

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    Sugar bee

    I live in NYC and I would say that I generally see 2 carats or up. 

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    Buzzing bee

    Where I live? I think of it more in terms of different cultures I’m part of:

    In academia, there are a lot of people walking around without rings at all.

    In NYC, you see a lot of bling. Same with LA. In parts of Queens, you see CRAZY bling (although you’re not sure if you’re looking at a diamond, CZ, or Claire’s)

    Among the art-GOING crowd, lots of bling. Among the artists themselves, not so much bling.

    Among school teachers, I see mostly between .5-1 ct. and the settings tend to be traditional.

    Among doctors and dentists (I have a lot of friends in the field), not a lot of bling, or at least that they wear because they’re using their hands all the time.

    Among scientists (lots of friends in that field), I noticed that a few have rings that are moreso related to their fields, rather than traditional gemstones–one has alexandrite because of its optical properties; another has meteorite.

    (NOTE: this is so NOT meant to be a blanket statement about ALL New YOrkers or ALL scientists at all. It’s just fun recounting things I’ve noticed in different circles).

     

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    Bumble Beekeeper

    Here in NoVA/DC area I would say 1.5-2 is sizeable and 2+ is LARGE!

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    Busy bee

    I lived in Southern California (just recently moved to Northern CA), and 1 – 2 carats is standard.

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    Busy bee

    can I throw in my two cents that in my group of friends/where I live, we don’t even know what that means? lol, just food for thought. ;)

    I’ll ask a really dumb question about whether gem stones that aren’t diamond actually have a ‘carat’? Maybe that’s why I don’t know 

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    Busy bee

    @cutexkitty: I am from socal (working in hawaii) and i’ve never seen a stone over 1c from anyone in my group of friends.. or facebook pages.

     

    I think over a 1c in socal is pretty uncommon.

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    Worker bee

    Maybe it’s just the industry I work in – Arts/Non-Profit – but most of my friends have rings that are .5 carats or less. Also, not very many of them spent more than $2000 on their engagement rings – mine will probably clock in at no more than $1000.

    We actually had a discussion at work recently about how sometimes it can look quite distasteful to have a giant rock when you fundraise for a living. Some of my senior colleagues who were married later in life and had substantial family stones or larger diamonds would actually not wear them to meetings with donors; subbing in a plain band or more modest ring. 

     

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    Worker bee

    Maybe it’s just the industry I work in – Arts/Non-Profit – but most of my friends have rings that are .5 carats or less. Also, not very many of them spent more than $2000 on their engagement rings – mine will probably clock in at no more than $1000.

    We actually had a discussion at work recently about how sometimes it can look quite distasteful to have a giant rock when you fundraise for a living. Some of my senior colleagues who were married later in life and had substantial family stones or larger diamonds would actually not wear them to meetings with donors; subbing in a plain band or more modest ring. 

     

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