(Closed) Average center stone size where you live?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

If I had to guess, I’d say about .5 carat.  It may well depend on your social circle, but mine includes some fairly wealthy professionals, and even most of them do not have 1 ct rings (I can think of only 1 that does – she once told me that she told her then Fiance that he had to give her at least a 1ct.  Now she and her DH are having money issues.  Go figure.)  

Honestly, I roll my eyes when I see posts by girls – especially young ones – who are upset about having a less than 1 ct ring.  Priorities.  

ETA:  My own center stone is .65 (round brilliant, G ciolor), and has 2 .3 stones (also round brilliant, G color) on each side.  I love it.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 5 months ago by  MelissainNC.
Post # 3
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Helper bee

For women who have a “larger”  center stone, I’d say something around 0.1-0.2ct. Definitely not bigger than that on average. I’m from Scandinavia. I think the most common wedding ring has several (from three to half eternity) smaller (0.01-0.03ct) stones rather than a solitaire look. Engagement ring is traditionally a simple white or yellow gold band.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I would say around .25. I rarely see big stones. I do see a lot of gemstone engagment rings which is nice. Blue Sapphires and rubies are pretty popular.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I feel like 1 carat is the average in NYC but you see lots of smaller ones and lots of DAMN THATS HUGE as well.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

In my professional life, most rings are 1 to 1.5 carats. Among my friends from school, most are 1/4 to 1/2 carat. My engagement ring is made of 3 – 3mm x 5mm opals. 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I live in a smaller town in the midwestern US, and I see .25 ct – .33 ct on average. A half carat stone here looks larger than average. Virtually no one wears anything that is made of precious metals or gems except their wedding set, so it is assumed that any earrings or necklaces a person wears are paste (but no one would ever ask, as that would be rude). This suits me just fine. I don’t wear faux, but I’d just as soon blend in with everyone else. I buy and wear my jewelry for me, and not to impress anyone else.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

About a 0.5 carat (maybe a teensy bit smaller) is the norm in my area. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I live in Phoenix, Arizona and I’m not sure I’ve seen anything under a carat before (besides my own). I can’t say I really know why that is. Maybe I’m just not looking enough

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

I’ve always lived in smaller capital cities in Australia. I’d say maybe half a carat is the biggest I’ve seen in RL in my peer group. This probably reflects my perpetual student status . That is not to say that the rings are cheap. I had a friend saving for months and months to get his girlfriend a .5 ct solitaire in gold. Australia has a hefty tax on diamonds and we pay too much (often for less than great quality). For example the Vera Wang Love collection sold in our chain stores. I have nothing against it, but a friend of mine’s sister received one (after giving her boyfriend an inspiration list of one *lol*). I’ve seen the pictures, it is pretty and blingy for sure but the centre diamond is not large and neither is the diamond total weight. It cost over $10,000! Really. That blew my mind, but some people just love brands I guess.

This being said I have had some fairly mixed responses to my ring, probably because of my large fingers. “Oh…that’s…pretty” “Oh, I like it, I never liked big diamonds” “Is that silver or white gold?” I guess it must look underwhelming on my big hands, oh well, so sad, too bad. I have also had “I love your ring, it is so pretty” and in Japan “Your ring is amazing, the diamonds very big” and even some slightly disapproving comments from British relatives because my ring is seen as maybe too flashy for people our age who are just starting out. In the en you definitely can’t please everyone *lol*.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 5 months ago by  Taiki.
Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Around 0.75ct diamond is average in my midwestern suburb. I don’t see many gemstones or simulants (at least to my glancing eyes)

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I’m in a Houston suburb. When I wore my original .50 ct solitaire engagement ring, I felt like it was smaller than most people I encountered. I recently upgraded and now I feel like my center diamond is larger than most people. Id guess 1 carat is average in my area. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I live on Long Island originally from NYC. I would say among My social set 2-3 carat center is the norm. We have a few friends who married in med school that have smaller stones but most of them upgraded into the 5 carat range. I’ve seen 10 carat emeralds in the grocery store here 😉 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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MrsBuesleBee:  totally agree.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

1 carat here in Sydney, Australia I would guess. Or perhaps typically a smaller centre stone with a halo.

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