Post # 77
To @Clairetoris: one of the cool things about WBee is you’ll meet Bees from around the world, and get to see / hear about a lot of different options… be it Rings, Dresses, or Weddings themselves
You will probably get addicted to the RING BOARD, many of us are
And it is a fantastic way to learn about what is out there… cause if you don’t favour one style (and YES Halos are a huge trend right now)… you can see 1000s or other rings and styles.
To be truthful, I’m not much of a Halo fan either (probably because it is soooo popular) and I tend to prefer unique jewellery…
So when I went Ring Shopping with Mr TTR after he proposed sans-ring, I was not an easy woman to buy for. I wanted something that wasn’t going to be like every other ring out there.
It took us 6 weeks to find THE ONE… 6 Weeks of visiting Chain Jewellers – Family Jewellers – Craft / Artisan Jewellers – Estate Jewellers etc.
My eye constantly looking for the ring that would scream at me… TAKE ME HOME
I was getting a tad frustrated, but kept up the search all the same
Thank goodness Mr TTR was right by my side, cause he several times insisted I DO NOT SETTLE when I was getting tired of looking… he was very good at sensing my mood… as he said at the time… I didn’t settle for you, so why should you settle for a ring you aren’t crazy about. And he was right, it finally happened… and I was pretty much jumping up and down / bouncing off the walls in the Store with such excitement.
Lol, you can read the account of that great day here = http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/in-the-words-of-etta-james-at-last-my-love-has-come-along-the-ring#axzz2iNYSlpgg
Post # 78
@Clairetoris: it is worth noting too that when I went to texas to visit my family, my stepsister (who is a nurse and whos husband is a detective, they’re not destitute or anything) thought my ring was GIANT and took pics of it to show the women at her work, but here in NYC i’ve had more than one person say my ring is “adorable” or “cute” or that their friends rings are bigger. With that being said, there are a LOT of sims/really crappy diamonds floating around the city and I think NYCers are obsessed with size, not quality. There are just too many 20 year olds rocking 1.5ct “flawless” looking diamonds while living with 7 room-mates for everyone to be that rich ha
Post # 79
@Clairetoris: I think they will be called the “teens.” Better than 2000-2009, which is supposed to be called the “oughts.” That’s quickly just going to be called “the turn of the century” (which sounds like way too fancy and important a statement to make about the early 2000s, lol!)
Another fan of marquise/non-fan of halos here.
Post # 80
I work with a lot of very high end clients at my weekend job so I’d say the absolute minimum is 1.5 carats, the largest I saw was probably around 5 carats (and hideous, quite honestly, VERY cloudy/included).
However, I live in a not so great area and rarely even see diamonds on a band, they’re either chips of diamond or a plain gold band.
So yeah, VERY varied depending on where I am in the city.
Post # 81
definitely under 1ct. I have a 1.12 and i haven’t seen many of that size. Though TCW i’m sure would be 1-2ct
Post # 82
I live in LA, and most of the rings I see are around 1ct, but obviously there are lots that are bigger too! Mine is .75ct with a very distinct setting, and it’s perfect for me, but if I had needed to get a smaller diamond or maybe a moissy that would have been fine 🙂 But I was very surprised to notice that my mom’s ring looks like it’s about 1/3ct! It never seemed small to me before, but I still think it’s beautiful. I think average in my hometown is about .5cts, but my parents got engaged when they were 19 and 22.
Post # 83
@Clairetoris: he wanted to sell me a diamond. i went in looking at wedding bands, and he got annoyed because i was happy with my ring and didn’t want to upgrade it. apparently my ring was unacceptable as an engagement ring. needless to say, i walked out and haven’t returned since.
Post # 84
@Rachel631: +1 my centre stone is 0.3 and with the side stones the TCW is 0.4
Post # 85
In Boston I think that 1-1.5 is average. Of course you see the big honkers too but I ride the T a lot and travel in different parts of the city (plus I love to check out people’s jewelry) and I think the average is 1-1.5. I don’t see too many solitaire settings though- mostly pave band or halo.
Post # 86
@Clairetoris: Well, kind of. We still pay in Aus dollars. Or have to convert to US dollars, and that was great when the US dollar was lower than ours! But not anymore. My fiance got my ring off Blue Nile, and while we still paid in Aus dollars, it was the best bargain we could have possibly got. The diamond was amazing, even though he’d never seen it in real life. It would have been sold for far more here!
Post # 87
I have no idea. I pay attn to some rings but I really have no clue what an “average” would be. I voted .5-1…my niece’s is like .5. My coworkers all have pretty dang small rings but the married ones are also in their 50s. I’ll probably be paying pretty close attention to my family’s rings over the holidays but even if I did, unless it’s really small or really big, I’m bad at judging carat weight
Post # 88
I live in a very small town, which is surrounded by other small but slightly larger towns.
.5 – 1 carat is average around here… some smaller, some bigger.
Post # 89
I live in a very expensive part of LA – so the rocks here are blinding. My 1.25 is mini comparatively, but I love it 🙂 I also work in a dangerous area of LA, so I don’t need to be carrying major bling around. I’m probably going to be wearing just a plain band mostly after the wedding.
Post # 90
@lil_possum: I didn’t even know what conflict free was until I saw Blood Diamond and wondered. They certainly make very little mention of that in this country. There was no mention of it when my fiance was ring shopping. We ended up going with blue nile because of price and they say their diamonds are conflict free. I think conflict free is not something jewellery stores here really want to discuss. 🙁
Edit: also the stones Fiance saw where very bad quality – heaps of inclusions visable to the naked eye and bad colour, and still being sold for a huge price! I encourage all Aussies to do all research – do not buy a diamond ring on a whim in this country!
Post # 91
- Wedding: County courthouse
I live in a part of Texas that is very poor….so most women don’t even have diamonds…much less wedding bands. most of the population here is in poverty and on government assistance. my ring is seen as abnormally large. even my original 1ct diamond was seen as a whopper.