I live in Eastern Ontario. And I would say that the average that I’ve seen around here is somewhere in the 0.25 to 0.50 range.
There are certainly some women (particularly recent Engagement / Brides) that have feature diamonds that are bigger than that, as that is the trend now… towards rings that are bigger, or have halos etc.
But in general, this isn’t a big city area (like Montreal or Toronto) so people don’t tend to go to lavish here (ie over a Carat for a single stone)
When I was married the first time (circa 1980) it was a time when the price of Gold was thru the roof… and Interest Rates were ridiculous (over 20%, over 35% on credit)
So most couples that got married in the 10 year span from the mid 70s to the mid 80s found themselves in a position where they could only afford very modest rings (lol, mostly paying for the gold which was expensive). I was one of those Brides…
My First Marriage and I had an Interlocking Bridal Set, which was very popular at the time (This is also when the 3rd Ring trend began, with the idea that couples would “upgrade” their rings at some point… First Baby, Anniversary etc… and add another ring to the “other side”). My ERing had just a wee bit of a dimond… I’m guessing no more than 0.20 to 0.25 CARATS … but it might have been even smaller, as back then unlike now, people knew even less about Diamonds. I do remember tho that it was H/I in COLOUR and I CLARITY.
I was a happy girl none the less, as I was marrying my sweetie.
PHOTO – 1980s Interlocking Bridal Set (not my photo / set)
Times have changed…
Most of the women of my age that are still married to those men from the 1980s, many still wear their original Bridal Sets along with some nice “sparklies” from other occasions… milestones in their lives / marriages
So many of my friends sporting also Diamond Anniversary Bands, Eternity Bands, Past Present & Future Rings, or Family Rings (with Birthstones). So it is not unusual to see women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s. & beyond here with a handful of rings / diamonds.
So when I got engaged this time round… I knew I wanted more than the standard Solitaire… I wanted my hand to look somewhat like what my peers had going on…
(Lol, also knowing full well that our age, the chances of Mr TTR and I ever getting to our 25th Wedding Anniversary is slight to say the least)
Plus I had done the Solitaire the first time, so I wanted something very different this time. I was in search of someting more “cocktail” like (for lack of a better word). A lot more sparkle than just one stone.
Lucky for me, Mr TTR was onboard with this all. As he truly wanted to see me happy. Infact in the process of our reading & researching Diamonds / Rings we both learned a great deal about Diamonds, and over the course of our looking for an ERing, he upped our budget because he clearly wanted me to have something of quality for as much as we could reasonably afford.
Hence I ended up with what I fondly call OUR ERING… a GIA CERTIFIED CANADIAN Feature Diamond of 0.80 CARATS, Round Brilliants, Very Good in CUT, F in COLOUR – SI in CLARITY and mounted on a Cathedral Setting that features over a carat of G COLOUR – SI Round & Baguette Diamonds.
It matches perfectly with my 1/2 Eternity 1/2 CARAT WBand that is also GIA CERTIFIED CANADIAN G COLOUR Round Diamonds that are channel set.
Hope this helps,