Post # 1
i live in Ottawa, Canada, in a fairly well-to-do suburb (all the high tech companies are here. They call us Silicon Valley North. Everyone on our street works in high tech). I was at the local mall today and popped into the jewellery store.
I was checking out the engagement rings, and was pretty surprised how small they all looked. I asked if they had any ovals in stock (I want an oval next birthday!!) and she gave me a 0.3 carat solitaire. It was beautiful – but after being on WB, I’m used to seeing larger stones. So I asked for a larger one. The largest they had in stock was a 0.70 carat diamond.
So I asked, what the average sized engagement ring you sell here? This store has been here for 16+ years, so I figure they know the area well. She said the average is about 0.5 carats. She said they once had a 2.25 carat diamond in – but that’s the largest they’ve ever carried.
So it pretty much confirmed my theory that- at least here in Ottawa – big diamonds (over 1 carat) are a rarity.
Of course it could be because they’re much more expensive at this store than online! For this 0.7 carat, I colour, I2 clarity, with 0.3 carats of side stones, they wanted $5995 + tax.
Post # 2
I’m in Minnesota. In the bigger city I currently live in, it seems like 1 carat (or slightly less) seems average. In the smaller city I grew up in, 0.5 was on the big side of average.
ETA: I’m sure this is also very impacted by different social groups.
Post # 3
I’m in Jersey. Depending where you go in the state the size will vary. My immediate area the “norm” ranges from 1 carat to 3 carats. More north smaller is more common. West is def on the larger end. South is def mixed.
Post # 4
I live in a town of 5,000 people in the midwest where the majority of people work in mid level jobs and commute to the city. The average diamond size here is around a half carat with people who live in the city having 0.7 to 1 carat diamonds.
Post # 5
mishybear : yikes!!!! That is SO overpriced for a shitty diamond! I would get another idea from a different store… maybe nobody does business here hah.. FWIW we got my rings in NYC (not diamond district shady) and the center is a Canadian GIA cert G color VS2 1.11ct cushion and the diamond alone was $4,600.
I live in a suburb on Long Island and the average ring in my group of friends has a center stone of about 1 to 1 1/2 carats.
Post # 6
Upper midwest. I’d say .5 carat.
Post # 7
North of Pittsburgh. I’d say the average diamond size here is 1 carat but it’s not unusual to see .50 carats clear up to 4 carats. It seems like it varies with age.
Post # 8
In Toronto, I found similar available rings when I went shopping, but we also browsed in department stores mostly. The odd ring was over 1 carat but most were up to 0.70.
Post # 9
1.5 ct. actually just read that last night in a large local magazine. I’m in Dallas
Post # 10
I think the age at which people get engaged plays a big role. Most of my friends got engaged in their early 20’s and their stones are under .5 carats. The ones who got engaged in their late 20’s /30’s tend to have closer to a carat.
Post # 11
I’m in Missouri. Seems like the average around here is about .25 to .6 carats, and a few I know just wear a band. It’s a rarity that I see huge stones, at least of the people I’ve seen thus far.
Post # 12
WhatMaeBee : It’s a little mean to call that a shitty diamond. Sure, it may be overpriced, but I bet someone has a beautiful diamond with the same specs that they love with all their heart!
Post # 13
Southwestern BC here (not Vancouver though). I tend to see larger stones on ladies a bit older than me, and those my age and younger more in the .25 – .5 range, with lots opting for no engagement ring. Outdoor lifestyle and all that.
Post # 14
In Toronto, the women I know have diamonds ranging from half a carat to about 1.5. I think this might vary depending on the age group, but for example my friends and I are in our mid twenties.
Post # 15
I’m from Toronto, currently living in Calgary. I’d say the average is between 0.5-0.9 carats. Most places we went to look didn’t have any 1 carat stones in house.