(Closed) Average carat size where you live?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Carat size?

    .5 or below

    .5-1

    1-1.5

    1.5-2

  • Post # 32
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It’s suuuch a wide range, I live in NYC. But between my friends they’re usually 1 carat to 2 carats. I’m smack in the middle with my 1.5 carat diamond.

    Post # 33
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’m in Boston and the aversge is at least 2 to 3 carats. SO looked at diamonds around the 1.2 range and while I consider that big some woman around these parts wouldn’t even bat an eye at it.

    Post # 34
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    Bee Keeper

    I wouldn’t focus on getting the largest stone you can get for your budget, but on not compromising on any of the factors that make for a beautiful diamond. Since you have a budget that can get you a larger stone than average for your area anyway, it should be an easy decision to get a very beautiful diamond overall, not just the biggest.

    I live in a big city and the carat size ranges hugely. Overall keep in mind people tend to overestimate the average carat size they see, because they tend to focus more on the larger ones. It is said that NYC has an average of 1.6 to 1.8 carats; this doesn’t mean there aren’t people with 3 carats there, there certainly are, but that doesn’t make it the average. You have to remember all the other people living in NYC as well. There are not many places that have an average diamond size as large as NYC. Most places will have an average that’s quite a bit smaller.

    Post # 36
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    Buzzing bee

    Diamonds in New Zealand are very expensive (and IMO not of very good quality) so I assume our ‘average’ is low.

    My guess would be the ‘average’ diamond size is .5, and I cannot think of anyone I know who has a single stone over 1 carat (except for myself).

    Post # 37
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We’re in the DC metro area. I’d say the average here is 1.25-1.5 for a center stone. My .94 is definitely “modest”. But when we go to the Baltimore metro area, where I grew up, the average is 0.75-1, so then my ring is “average.” It’s all relative. And either way Mr. LK fusses at me to turn my ring palm side down when we are in the city so we don’t get mugged. haha

    Post # 39
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Boston area… probably 1-1.5

    Post # 40
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I don’t know what the average is here, but I rarely see center stones under .5 in my social/professional circle.  

    Post # 41
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Midland, TX

    When I lived in Colorado 1ct was at the bigger end of average, in Texas 1ct is the start. In other words, proposal norm but most upgrade to bigger stones later.

     

    Post # 42
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Clairetoris:  I honeslty don’t know.  I live in a metropolitan area- so there are definitely rings of all sizes.  But when I do bother to look (at strangers)- they are all pretty small, or cluster rings.  Of my girlfriends (who are all divorced) I’ve never seen anything over 1 carat, and I don’t think they were graded too high.

    Mine is .5 carats, but I picked it out and I like smaller.  I never ever take it off unless I’m cleaning with bleach or handling sandpaper or something like that.

     

    I would say (following budget)- don’t pay attention to anyone else’s rings.  Pick something YOU are comfortable with.  Your engagement ring isn’t supposed to be a comparison piece; it’s a symbol.

    Post # 43
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    Busy bee

    @lil_possum:  Heya, as a fellow Aussie, I have to agree, I haven’t seen many big rings around. I think the average is around .6 for a centre stone? But that’s just what I’ve read, I’ve seen some women with stones around my size. Mine is .92, tcw 1.3. I also think we’re a bit ripped off in this country on diamonds (depends where you go tho, of course). 🙂

    Post # 44
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I live in LA so biiger is better and biggest is best.  Of course that goes for many parts, but if you go into other areas smaller is more the norm.

    Post # 45
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    0.5-1 ct

    I have never seen a ring here bigger than 1/1.1ct, except for one girl I knew for a while, she came from a different area though and her husband comes from the only millionares (now bankrupt) in the small town he was from.

    Most of the older people I have seen have round 0.5-0.9 ct solitares while the younger people I know getting engaged have mostly 0.8-1.1 ct rings.

    Post # 46
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2018

    @FemShepN7:  Yes! Diamonds are SO expensive here, especially for guaranteed conflict free, which is very important to me. I actually don’t wear mine much (I have a pink sapphire ring I usually wear) because I keep breaking the prongs on it and the stone is too damn expensive to replace if I lose it!

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