Average size diamond in your area

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

mishybear :  Can I ask what store you were in? I’m Canadian, though no longer living there and I would suggest you stay away from chains like Peoples or a department store and look for a local jeweler. You could buy online, but with the dollar so bad and with import duties I think your best bet is something small and independent. 

Post # 32
792 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Houston TX … such a huge city hard to say.  My Mom had a 2ct solitaire.  Her friends had that and up to a whopping 6 ct solitaire! (talking about all doctors wives here).  Mine is 3ct and my sis in law is under 2 but she is very physically active.  

I live outside the city though on a farm.  Some of my neighbors are very wealthy – others not.  Some are retired and others are still workng – great diverse group of folks!

As far as mall stores – many do not carry large stones due to the open front of the store and lack of security.  If you are looking for that, you will likely need to go into a stand alone store where the greeter is an armed guard!

Honestly – we found the pricing to be the same – just a larger variety and more upscale choices at this type of store.  Don’t buy a designer band – ask the store if they can make the same setting at a lower cost.  Buy solitare and even side stones from a REPUTABLE online dealer.  We used Blue Nile. Also – cash is king.  We were able to negotiate price because of this.

Post # 33
233 posts
Helper bee

mishybear :  Hi from the diamond geek! I saw a quote that average in the us is .9 carats. Yay diamonds!

Post # 34
692 posts
Busy bee

JujuBay :  How funny! I’m from Dana Point/Laguna Beach area! Yeah definitely haven’t seen smaller than 1 carat on anyone. Most people I know with a 1 carat put a halo around it so they look bigger too! I definitely think the average is higher in SoCa for sure.

Post # 35
6272 posts
Bee Keeper

About 0.25

and most people don’t know about diamond specs. Chain shop jewellers usually have lowers grade stones but I don’t think anyone bats an eyelid. I think people pick on what they think is pretty. 

When we were shopping in our city, one chain shop had a single ring with 1ct and that was their ‘star ring’. We found an independent jeweller who always had a 2-2.5ct but their usual was under 1. 

We had to travel to more affluent cities to find rings to try. We found those jewellers were keen to talk stats and specs. 

Ps as other bees have said I’m sure age of engagement has an impact. We only went the route we did as my husband was older and therefore had the disposable means. If we’d met and got engaged in our twenties then we’d certainly have chosen another ring. 





Post # 36
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’m in Houston, TX – I’d say .75 to 1 carat is the average. Now, this is in my age group of mid to late twenties. I see older ladies rocking 2+ carats regularly.

Post # 37
1945 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I don’t know about in the area really but in my friendship group it seems to be around 1-2 carat diamonds. 

Post # 38
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I live in Auckland, New Zealand and move in pretty affluent circles.

However, I too am always amazed at the sheer size of rings on the Bee!!

I have a 1CT TDW e-ring and it’s the biggest I’ve ever seen on a real person – by miles.

Michael Hill’s largest ring here is a 2CT Solitaire and it’s for sale at $25 000 (about USD$18.2K) !!!

My ring’s center stone is only 0.4ct and my ring cost us $7000 to get custom made. 

It’s just expensive here I guess.

Here’s my ring for reference (with cheeky wedding ring haha not meant to wear that yet!)


Post # 39
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m from a small, coastal community on the eastern shore and I’d say anywhere in the range of 1/2 ct to 1 ct is what you typically see.  Now I live outside of New Haven, CT, and the average size is 1.5 cts.

Post # 40
225 posts
Helper bee

I’m from the Portland Oregon area and my 2ct stands out like a sore thumb here! The average is probably around .75-1ct. Fiance is from the Lake Washington area though and we will be moving to Seattle soon. I’ve seen some very large stones over there that make my 2ct look small!

Post # 41
2145 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Chicago gal here… over a carat is the average. I’m a teacher and serve on weekends/summers. I had a patron call my 1.01 ct center stone “tiny like a pea”. I was the “what the actual F”

Post # 42
3994 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Here in Mormon Land all the 20 year old girls have a white gold halo with a .5 carat in the center.  They are all exactly the same, sometimes I wonder if it’s because we don’t have that many jewelry stores here.  The older women who have moved into this area as retirees for our good weather have 2+ carat solitaires on wide bands. I was just observing this as I was eating lunch in our city’s most popular lunch spot today…so my findings are TOTALLY accurate 😉 

Post # 44
335 posts
Helper bee

I live in south Louisiana(in the city) and most seem to have clusters. My best friend is the only one I can think of in my circle who has a whole stone and it is a half carat heart shape. 

Post # 45
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

In my friend group at least (ages 22-28) It seems like most are between .75-1.25. 

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