- 1 year ago
my 3.41 Radiant diamond 😍
my 3.41 Radiant diamond 😍
maygirl95 : I can relate. I am going to my home country this summer, so I’ll take a look to see if things have changed. But the last time I went, about two and a half years ago, engagement rings were still on the more modest side. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I do definitely think (from conversations with people there) that French people do not like to spend such high amounts of money on a ring. They would often tell me that they would rather invest it in a house down payment or something that would influence their life on a more wider scale. Like you said, I think it’s cultural and financial. My country also has a different History. We went through 2 wars and that has probably shaped our vision of finances, making us a little more frugal and wise about it.
frenchiebeeinamerica : Thank u so much 🙏,
An ex cut makes a big difference when comes to diamond size and sparkle, I see it with my yellow diamond, it was graded by GIA as ex cut too and having a small finger size is everything 🤗 when comes to diamond size.
I’m a size 3.75 but my ring is a size 4 with 2 sizing beans inside the ring, and every time I walk in to a jewelry store they always think it is a 3+ ct 🤷♀️, small fingers = bigger diamonds 💎 🤭
Most of my friends don’t even know it is a diamond when asked I just say it is a yellow stone because I love yellow, none of my closes friends know anything about diamonds and the biggest diamond I’ve seen is 0.60 ct and it was round brilliant, diamonds Isn’t a big deal here😌
frenchiebeeinamerica : I usually don’t like a hallo in a ring but your’s is different and unique!!! I love it 😍
I’m from Israel, and as I said in my previous reply I work and have a lot of married friends and 0.60ct center is the biggest I’ve seen I think it has to do with location, when I travel to Europe I it’s the same thing the biggest is around 0.50ct and when I joined the Weddingbee website I’ve seen huge diamonds, I wonder if it is really has to do with location or like me love things that a little different and keep it a secret when asked just because no one understands my love for jewelry..🤷♀️
mo86co : Thank you very much 🙂
I think location plays a big part it in (whether we’re talking about regions of the same country or different countries altogether). Culturally speaking, in France, even 0.50 cts is rarely seen to be honest. Jewelers carry that size, and even beyond but I have yet to have seen women wear diamonds of that size (I can only think of one person, and I am not even sure it reaches 0.50 cts). I really think that culturally speaking, my country having been through war twice, is more conservative about how much they want to spend on an engagement ring.
Here it the States, 1 carat is what I would call the average size. You will find people with smaller diamonds but you will definitely also find people with larger ones! And it is definitely more accepted and normal to have larger diamonds here than it would be in Europe in my opinion. One person (a jeweler) even thought that mine was a fake diamond when I was there!
In any case, embrace your sparkling beauty 🙂
I have a 1.36 on a size 5.5 finger. I’m absolutely in love with it
frenchiebeeinamerica : Jewelry prices here in France are absolutely crazy compared to the US. We’ll usually only buy nice jewelry at/from home(I’m American, he is French.) We did my wedding set changes & upgrades while we lived in the US in an area where larger diamonds are pretty ‘normal.’ If we’d been living here, I might have just changed the shapes (from round to oval to emerald cut. Yes, I’ve been fickle. lolz) but only gone up to around 3 carats max? At any rate, the diamond I chose last time doesn’t look super huge IRL because it’s a square emerald cut.
I do agree that the diamonds(if any) that most women wear here are on the ‘smaller’ (from an American POV) side. I do see some large-to-giant ones occasionally, esp. in Paris.
ppresto : I understand! My husband had proposed with a Tiffany’s ring that he had bought in the US. So I’m not too sure about what he would have been able to find there, had he decided to shop for it in France. But once we were engaged, I did start to look around, out of curiosity to see what was commonly sold in France, Switzerland and Germany. Other than solitaires, I didn’t see much variation and the carat range was usually limited (though in Switzerland there were more options because in general they do tend to cater to wealthy population). Online though, I know that Cartier and Tiffany’s provide with a decent variety of styles and carat weights in France.
But yes, from an American perspective, engagement rings in France seem to be on the smaller end of the spectrum. Also, we do tend to wear the wedding band and engagement ring on two separate hands 🙂 I am not sure you have noticed that. Have you?
Anyway, it’s always nice to meet someone online who’s kind of in the same situation as my husband and I 🙂
^.^ Yes, I have noticed the one ring per hand way of wearing rings here. I don’t see much stacking unless they’re simple thin gold bands. I’ve also seen a few people wearing their wedding bands on the right hand.
To address the thread topic a bit: It seems like the tolerance in the USA for larger stones has grown over time. I’m in my 40s & I can remember when a 1 to 2 carat diamond(usually round brilliant) ring was ideal and large. I have wondered if CZ and other sims(I’m thinking of the television shopping channels, Ross Simons catalogs etc) have given some a kind of collective DSS(‘diamond shrinkage syndrome’) that hasn’t totally spread to other countries. The internet and celebrity engagement photos probably factor in as well.
Hello Bees! First time poster here… I’m getting married in a few months. I’ve been doing a lot of research on this forum! I love seeing everyone’s gorgeous and unique rings. Here is my solitaire: 5ct round. I forgot my ring size but it’s larger than my other fingers due to a massive scar on the back of my finger from surgery. I live in the USA.