Post # 1
Hi aussie Bees,
Seen plenty of these threads but most are in the U.S, just curious what you think the average size center diamond in in OZ? and what do you consider “BIG”?
Im getting a 1.60CT and im worried it will be small compared to most people around here!!
Post # 2
Where in Aus are you? Sydney here. Mines an 0.8ct solitaire and probably about average for my social circle. My close friends range from about 0.7-1.5.most on the lower end of that scale therefore I would class anything over 1.5 as big. But, i am from the UK where diamonds are typically a lot smaller so I still feel my stone is a substantial size and I don’t think I’d go bigger for myself. I’ve never felt its inferior to others i see around.
Post # 3
I am actually American but live in Brisbane. My ring is a 1.6ct oval centre stone and I always get comments about how big it is! Back home it doesn’t seem to stand out as much.
What shape is it? I can’t think there is any way it would ever be considered small!
What city are you in? Even when I lived in Melbourne, I didn’t notice many really big stones – perhaps a few in the more flash parts of town!
Post # 5
Im in melbourne but im planning on getting it set in a halo.. so it might look a bit bigger.. well i dont know what the “norm” is as none of my friends are engaged but read a few posts saying the average in NY is about 2ct.. freaked me out hah
Post # 6
2 carats. I’m in a regional area and to be honest anything over 1 is probably considered “big” however I’ve been on the bee for so long that to me, 2 is probably starting to get on the massive side.
Post # 7
Well I agree. Anything over 1 to be considered big and I’m from Canberra.
Average is about .5 – 1 in my opinion.
Post # 8
I think these boards sometimes give us a bit of an unrealistic expectation haha. Most of my friends are probably a bit under a carat. I’m sure I’m biased, but 1.6 with a halo will look beautiful. 🙂
Post # 9
I live in Adelaide but spend plenty of time in Melbourne.
Seriously, anything over a 0.5 is large in Aus.
Post # 10
I’m from Perth and agree with bluexelephant: I think over 1ct is big. 1.6ct would be quite big to me, especially with a halo! I just did a quick Google of the average engagement ring size in Australia and the estimates were all between 0.5 and 1ct. A few sites also said they tend to go bigger in the US. I feel like the rings shown on weddingbee are generally way bigger than what I actually see around me in real life, so it might give a skewed perception. Your ring will be great, don’t even worry!
Post # 11
I’m an Aussie and I wear big bling! Most of my friends wear about 1 or 2 carats. I agree that in the US they have much larger rings etc
Post # 12
I have a 1 carat engagement ring and a 3 carat heirloom ring. The 1 carat would be considered average in our group, while the 3 carat is considered to be gigantic haha. I think anything over 1 is pretty big 🙂
I like all sizes though 😍
Post # 13
1-1.5 carats is getting to be ‘big’ to me (but not too big!). Mine is 0.61cts, it’s all relative.
Post # 14
I’m in Melbourne and I’d say 1+ carats is big in my circles/experience. I have a 1.2c equivalent moissanite and I didn’t want to go bigger because it just seemed huge! plus I know a lot of women with halos on their rings so larger stones would just end up seeming massive haha
Post # 15
I thought my half carat diamond was pretty decent until I joined the bee :/ I guess it depends on your social circle. 1.6 is huge IMO