Where you're from what's a 'big' stone?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Eastern Ontario… and I’d save the average here in an ERing is around 0.50 Carats if there is a Feature Stone.

I’d consider an ERing that is 1.0 or more… BIG for this part of Canada.

(Of course now I’m talking AVERAGES here… so all women… 18 to 98)

There are definitely women who have bigger stones… as well as smaller.

And a good lot of women in their Middle Years, where their Husbands have bought them additional rings for Milestone Occasions (that is very very common here).  Rings such as Anniversary Bands – Eternity Rings – Past Present & Future Rings… some of them heavy in either individual Feature Diamonds, or TCW.

So even if someone has a very modest ERing, they may be rockin a bunch of other rings on the same finger, or others

My own ERing has a 0.80 Feature Diamond, and it attracts enough attention… I wouldn’t want anything larger !!


Post # 4
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Midwest here, Indiana specifically. I live in the middle of cornfield country!

1 carat is HUGE here. Most girls around here have clusters, or small center stones with accent stones. It’s rare to see a 1+ carat solitaire.

Post # 5
2151 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

North Western Ontario here, and I could quote exactly what @This Time Round:  said. .50 is about average and anything greater than 1 carat is considered pretty big here. My stone is also .80 and is the perfect size for me! 

Post # 6
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

1) Queensland, Australia 

2) Anything over half a carat is considered BIG in my circle of friends/family 

3) Do you agree with most around you that stated size is a big stone? Yes.. I only know 3 people with stones bigger than half a carat and everyone always comments on how big they are. 

Post # 7
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i’m from southwestern ontario.  i see 1ct as about an average.  older brides usually have larger and younger brides have smaller with either halos, clusters or quads for more finger coverage.

my centre diamond is 2ct and it’s not uncommon in my circle.

Post # 8
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m from Sydney Australia and I think 1-1.5 is considered standard, anything above that is nice, but not sure it’s exactly HUGE. Probably 2-2.5 may be huge. In saying that, I only know one person with a 2 carat diamond centre stone. 

But it’s Sydney city, I’m sure 2ct may be considered by some as standard.  

Post # 9
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016 - Highfield House, Stanley, Tasmania

1) North-west Tasmania, Australia. 

2) anything bigger than half a carat is considered massive, the biggest I have seen was a 1.5ct in a store

3) I think anything bigger than 1ct is pretty big

Post # 10
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I live and work in San Francisco, where salaries are over-inflated so rings tend to be larger. I would say 2 carats and above are probably the norm, at least in my neighborhood and circle of friends. My ring is a 1.6 ct. solitare which I love and is the perfect size for me, but out here it’s a bit smaller than what I typically see on others. I would guess that 3+ carats could be considered huge.

Post # 11
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

1) west Los Angeles. Beverly Hills is the next neighbourhood over.  

2) I honestly don’t see rings under a carat.  I love rings so I’m always looking. 


Being from the Midwest it still shocks me to see a 3+ stone out at the grocery store.  The biggest I’ve come access was a woman with 11 carats on her hand. Yes I asked and she was very gracious and happy to talk about it.  

Post # 12
641 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

1. I live in the outer Sydney suburbs.

2. From what I’ve seen around me, people I know, work with, go to school with, of all ages, etc, 0.5ct seems to be considered very decent. For example, my MIL’s friends are very well to do and their daughter has a smaller diamond than mine (as if that matters but for the sake of discussion). I do see the odd carat here and there but I wouldn’t say it’s the norm. I also see a lot of coloured stones too.

In reality, people don’t care as much about that sort of thing or notice it as much as people on here or newly-engaged types. I would say 1ct is pretty big here and anything more is massive.

3. I’m not sure I understood the question right but I’ll give it a go. I consider 0.5ct to be big but I may be biased because that’s what I have. I do get a lot of comments about it’s size (positive, of course). I think 1ct is huge and scoff at the people who are disappointed by their tiny 1ct rocks.

Post # 13
2051 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m from South East England. My 0.45 centre stone has been called “big” a few times. I think anything over 0.6 is getting really big and 1 ct is huge!

Post # 14
2062 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

Anything over 0.5 in my part of Scotland.

Post # 15
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

@southsun:  I’m about an hour and a half from Sydney, and I’d say the average around here really ranges. 
I usually see clusters/quads that are above 1ct, usually 2ct

For a solitare, it ranges from .4-1ct

I’d say, on average most have a 1/2 – 2/3ct ring.

Big would be +1ct solitare. 

Post # 16
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Im from Scotland and my ring is 0.84 and its is bigger than most of my friends (got a great deal though!). I would say 0.5 is about the norm.


In the UK overall stones tend to be smaller. I don’t know anyone personally who has over 1ct and you never see really big stones like 2ct and over.

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