(Closed) Average carat size where you live?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Carat size?

    .5 or below

    .5-1

    1-1.5

    1.5-2

  • Post # 92
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    Bee Keeper

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    @Clairetoris:  Personally I wouldn’t order something like that online; a smalller purchase, yes (eg a ring costing under $1500); but for anything more expensive I would definitely want to see it in person. I’m hoping to get a diamond halo pendant at some point, and would sooner pay more and actually be able to see/choose the stone.

    However, that isn’t to say there aren’t deals to be had: I’m fortunate and live near London, so I would always buy from a place called Hatton Garden, which has dozens of independent jewellers with great prices. But the majority of people aren’t clued up on jewellery and buy from the high-street, which is very pricey.

    Post # 94
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    99% of the semi-mounts in the stores in my area are made for stones between 0.7-1ct.  Mine is 0.4ct and would be considered small for the area I live in but it’s perfect for me and I don’t have any regrets or shrinkage.

    Post # 96
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    Sugar bee

    I live in Scotland and most people’s diamonds are less than 0.4 carats.  My diamond at 0.51 carats is larger than most of the people I know, and than all those of my friends except one.  She has a 5 carat pear shaped diamond.

     

    In the UK and Europe there isn’t a tendency for large diamonds and often the diamonds are expensive and poor quality.  My original e-ring was 0.07 carats.  The new ring is from my husband and daughter.  The diamond for my new ring was bought online from Whiteflash (which is based in the USA) and the setting came from a reputable jewellers in Glasgow.  We had to pay import duty of 20% and postage but it was still much cheaper than buying a diamond of the same quality in the UK.  I had my ring valued and despite the tax and postage it is worth just over 40% more than we paid for it.

    However, the cost isn’t the important thing.  I only had my ring valued for insurance purposes.  It’s beautiful, sparkly and such a lovely gift.

     

    Post # 96
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    Wannabee

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    Supersleuth :  What hand do the Scottish wear their wedding ring on? Just curious

    Post # 97
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    Busy bee

    I live in los angeles and there are a lot of large stones here!

    It’s a combination of diamonds moissys and other stones. But the majority of them seem to be in the 2 ct or larger range. A woman I work with has a giant diamond, it must be about 4.5 cts. It’s stunning. 

    I have a 2.1 ct sapphire and I thought it was HUGE when I first got it. Now I think it’s normal. But we recently traveled out of southern california and I realized that my ring was disproportionate. So yeah, I think geography makes a big difference. 

    Post # 98
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    I’m from Malaysia. I don’t know the whole country but my friends and their friends normally get around 0.4-0.5ct.

    Post # 99
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2017 - Sauk Valley Resort

    I’m in the midwest. Where I grew up, a lot of people couldn’t afford a wedding, let alone a pricey ring. My parents and grandparents think mine is huge, which is crazy to me (I think the halo throws them off on its size, they’re very simple when it comes to jewelry). Where I live now, it’s not uncommon to see 1.5-2.

    Post # 100
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

    I live in LA and work in Beverly Hills. My 2 carat center stone probably won’t stand out too much, although in my immediate social circle it will still be on the larger side. I just saw a lady in a cafe with an eye popping 5 or 6 carat! I’m from DC originally, and lived in Chicago as well and in all three cities I’ve seen some ladies rocking pretty large rocks, so definitely a bigger city thing. But I’ve also seen smaller stones in big cities too, so it is kind of hard to guess what the average would be. 

    Post # 101
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

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    solargypsy :  you resurrected a 4 year old thread for this, but left hand.

    Post # 102
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I’m midwest (WI to be exact). In my area, I would say about .5-.75 is pretty average, and mine is 1 ct. so a little bigger but not too crazy big. In my friend group I probably have the largest carat size (not that this matters but just for reference) a lot of my friends have .5 or less. 

    Post # 104
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    Sugar bee

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    solargypsy :  In Scotland wedding and engagement rings go on the left hand.

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