Post # 1
Either everyone on here is extremely well off or we’re talking about center stone plus potential sidestones haha. My e-ring (its being shipped in from another store) has a .56 carat center stone, but the side stones and channel set diamonds make the overall carat weight a little over 1 full carat.
So my question is – when people post on the boards are they only referring to the center stone? Or all diamond(s) on their ring?
Post # 3
Usually women will specify. (X caret center stone X caret total weight).
Post # 4
I think it depends on the thread. I believe most are referring to center stone. There are lots of bees with .5 carats or less! There are also many bees with gemstones or moissy. I dont see that most people have a big center stone. I would say there is a good mix. However, I do notice that people that post their rings the most tend to have a bigger stone.
Post # 5
No I think it’s the total stone coverage for the ring.
I think you should give us some darn ring porn! and post your ring pics!! (you havea pic of it online right??? please i just love pics)
Post # 6
@gelaine22: Ahhh alright. I just thought it was interesting. My partner and I decided on the Birks Blue Three-Stone Channel Set, with a .56 carat F color IF, VSI round diamond, with similar quality .2 carat sidestones on each side and nice sized channel set stones, and the ring topped out at just under 10 000 dollars. We thought we were on the high end of engagement rings for pricing, but so many people have these massive 1 carat plus center stones! Bizarre, as in Canada, not many people walking around have rings like that.
Post # 7
@HisIrishPrincess: The ring is still in transit from another location!!! But here is the pic from the Birks website! Its even prettier in person =3
Post # 8
sigh … it’s pretty!!! … sigh .. so pretty..
Post # 10
I have been looking at the ring boards for weeks now and I think that most of the women that post here do differentiate the weight of the centre stone, the weight of any side/pave/other accenting stones and then state the total carat weight of the whole ensemble.
There are obviously a lot of ladies here with very large centre stones in themselves but there are also others that have total carat weights of ~2 carats where the centre stone is around ~.70-~.90 and it’s the halo/pave/side stones that make up the rest of the weight. However, a lot of the posts on here also show that the ladies who had a choice in their ring did a fair amount of research beforehand so that they could get the design/carat weight/quality/finger coverage or whatever it was that was important to them within *their own* budget.
I am from the UK and IRL I don’t think I have seen many of the larger centre stones that I have seen here either. In fact, the largest centre stones and total carat weights of rings I’ve seen are either my mum’s rings and the ladies that posted in the UK bees rings thread on here. I work in a university in a dept where most of the ladies are married and the largest ring I’ve seen (other than my own) is a .50ct three stone ring. The solitaires tend to be between .25 and .30. In my own circle of friends (city types) the average is between .50 and .75 solitaires in plain bands.
Post # 11
Very pretty ring, I’m a sucker for three stones 🙂
Post # 12
The thing is Birks is really high end jeweler! You won’t get the same size diamond there as a smaller shop. My center stone is a 1.19 princess cut I color VVS1 with .70 in side stones.I don’t know what my FI paid for it but I hope not more than what your’s did.
BTW, your ring is soooo gorgeous! I am hating you right now. :o)
Post # 13
i always say center stone is 1.5 and side stones are 1.5 as well , but if anyone asks i refer to tcw as 3.0
Post # 14
Most people specify but if they just say 1.3 F SI1 or whatever that’s generally the center stone. From what I understand, Birks is somewhat like Tiffany so you don’t necessarily pay what someone who orders online from, say, Blue Nile pays. Also, your diamond is a very high quality at F color and IF clarity (did you mean VS1? That’s pretty high as well) so you will pay more for quality than someone with a J, SI2 stone. Finally, your setting has a lot of bling so there’s extra cost there.
Your ring is gorgeous and I hope you post pictures when you have it!
Post # 15
@VictoriaK1990: you have a beautiful ring. birks carries high quality jewellery.
i usually quote my centre stone separately from the setting; ering is 2 ct centre with 2 ctw of side stones = 4 ctw, wedding band is also 4 ctw.
Post # 16
It drives me nuts when people talk about total weight vs center diamond carat size. I have a “friend” who says she upgraded to a 2 carat ring but her center diamond is probably .75 and it’s a double halo with diamonds down the band. She discusses it as if the center is 2 carats and it makes me cringe for some reason.
i think most people state what they are talking about. My ring has a 1.5 carat round brilliant center but is 2 carats total…