Post # 1
Can anyone help me understand this? I ask purely out of curiosity.
I have read on many sites and from many people that carat sizes of engagement rings in the South are genrally bigger. And many southern girls on this site seem to have rings that are much bigger. I can’t really understand this…
Is it because expectations are higher there?
Income is higher than other parts of the US?
Diamonds are cheaper in the South?
Post # 3
I’ve never really heard that the South in general has bigger e-rings. From what I have seen, it’s usually perceived that women in big cities have bigger rings because of income levels. I think a lot of it is just perception, though. There are women with huge diamond rings all over the country.
Post # 4
I don’t think diamonds are cheaper here, but cost of living is much much cheaper than up north or out west maybe that plays into it?
I’ve never really noticed this but now i’m going to have to start paying attention haha.
Post # 5
It’s probably cultural. They’re pretty big in NYC too!
Post # 6
I have no idea.
I would think diamonds would be bigger in large cities with high incomes (i.e. NYC, LA, etc).
Maybe the south has either more large family heirlooms or more family money?
It might also be that incomes in the bigger cities in the south are comparable to other bigger cities, but the cost of living (rent, etc) is lower.
Honestly I have no clue, this is all just guessing.
Post # 7
I also have noticed the diamonds are much bigger in the south. Don’t know why.
Post # 8
I notice bigger rings in cities (NYC, Boston, Chicago, LA) not the south.
Post # 9
I’ve found the opposite actually. I live in the midwest but I went to school in the South. I have a lot of recently married friends throughout the country and I would say that those that live in the south (in my circle) generally have smaller rings.
@LGenz: I agree.
Post # 10
Being a southern girl with a .36ct diamond, I’m gonna say it’s more big cities that have bigger diamonds. In Atlanta, yes, they’re huge. In the country, no. But that’s a real generalization. I’m from the city, I just don’t like huge. A lot of it, I think, is having more money to spend and being around people to compare yourself to. Not that if you have a big ring you got it because all your friends had one, but if your friends have bigger diamonds, you’re more likely to be used to seeing that.
ETA: my friends are city girls, but younger (mid to low 20s), and we all have around .5ct or smaller. center stones, I mean.
Post # 11
I figured it was the same everywhere, the girls whose fiances have more money get larger rings and not to sound ‘negative’ towards some but especially the girls who use them as status symbols (high maintenance). On a different note, I tried explaining ‘bridals’ to someone who is not Southern and she thought it was extremely vain. It’d be interesting to make a list of wedding ‘cultural’ differences between, East, West, North, and Midwest.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
@chouette: i too was confused about what bridals were! Us Canadians dont do that.
Post # 13
I think it’s a large city/metro area thing. Don’t forget, there are quite a few major top ten cities in the south. Texas alone has 3 of the 10.
But even with that, I only know two or so people that have a stone larger than 1 ct. Most of my friends got married with stones in the .3 to .6 range (not including the setting).
Post # 14
@chouette: and @eagle: what are “bridals”? the portraits, you mean?
Post # 15
I’ve never heard of this. I thought it was generally the big cities too – LA, NYC, Boston, etc
Post # 16
I am from the NJ/NY area but have lived in the south for the last 5 years. I have seen the complete opposite. Sure there will be anomalies, but overall my friends that are still in the north talk about the size of their diamond or what they want (no less than two carats), while my friends in the south are generally happy to be getting a ring at all. Overall, I think it has a lot to do with the culture youre immersed in and less the location though, as other bees have said.