Post # 31
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
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
mishybear : Hi from the diamond geek! I saw a quote that average in the us is .9 carats. Yay diamonds!
Post # 34
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 43
roseytash : I’m sure you’re right. I got married in university and had no money – so wedding set was less than $500 in total. Young people rarely have the money to pay for big rings unless it’s on credit. Now that we’re both professionals there’s money available for a ring.
Post # 44
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
In my friend group at least (ages 22-28) It seems like most are between .75-1.25.