Do you see large diamonds in RL?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Eh it depends on the age of the crowd. In my friend group all the diamonds are less than 1ct (mid twenties). In my moms friend group, they’re all 1-2ct (mid fifties). I’m in Vancouver. I only know 2 girls my age who have diamonds over 2cts – one of them is married to an older white man, and the other is married to an extremely wealthy Chinese immigrant. I think most people in their twenties and thirties are more concerned with buying a house (the cost of living here is ridiculous) rather than spending it on a huge ring. Although I wouldn’t have complained if Darling Husband got me a massive diamond! 😛 

Oh, and from what I know, moissanite isn’t too popular here. Unless everyone is fooling me! But I’ve never seen it in a jewelry store.

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee

I live in a major city. Plus, our crowd tends to be a little older/more established in their careers, so I see larger stones fairly often.  (Sometimes they’re upgrades, but not always.)

I do travel for work a lot and often have to go places where significnatly smaller stones are the cultural norm, so I’ve been looking into getting a more modest travel ring. I don’t want any awkward situations to occur on business trips!

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I live in the Chicago suburbs and see larger rings (I’m guessing 1.5ct +) but I’m also in a wealthier suburb.  When I lived in the city, I saw giant rings all the time.  But women also tend to get married a bit older, like late 20’s to early 30’s so it’s not surprising to see bigger rings.

I went to college 3 hours south of Chicago and knew a few ladies that got engaged while in college.  Those rings were definitely smaller, probably 1ct max.  Even around campus town I rarely saw larger rings, and if I did, they were on older, well established professors.  That area of the state is completely different than the city – more rural and agricultural.  

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Not often. I don’t know anyone who has a diamond over 1 ct. My sapphire is about 1 ct equivalent and that’s the largest stone in my circle. A lot of people I know got married in thier early-mid twenties so no one could afford a huge diamond.

Every once in awhile I will see a woman on the train or just when I’m out who has a large diamond but not often.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I live in New England and I probably have one of the smaller diamonds of my friends and mine is 1.3cts the biggest I’ve seen in real life is like 2cts one friend has 3.5cts black diamond but I am not sure if they were able to go bigger because it’s a black diamond. average for my friends is probably 1.5ct

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Where I live, most stones are probably .25 to .5 plus a halo. I know a person or two with 1 ct. I don’t see anything larger than that where I live. I’ve seen larger when I’ve been on vacation in big cities!! 

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I live in Indiana, Indianapolis to be exact, and I see stones of all sizes on a regular basis.  I guess the average would be between .5 and 1.5, but I’ve seen much larger too.  I have a 1.3, and mine is rarely the largest in the room, nor the smallest.

Post # 23
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Helper bee

In Toronto I see large ones pretty often. Anything from under one carat to up to two carats from what I notice and from people I know. Myself and two women I know have two carat stones, and I know more that have 1.5 stones.

Post # 24
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Busy bee

I live in LA. I’ll see larger ones (over 1ct) when I go out and about the town but only half of the married ladies at work wear their engagement rings. And those that do tend to be in the 0.5 to 1ct range. The other day, I sat next to somebody at work that probably had a 5ct on her finger. I don’t know her and wouldn’t ask anyways but judging from looks, I’m pretty sure it’s a diamond. It’s the biggest diamond I’ve seen treated like an everyday ring. Other people I know with large rings only wear them for special occasions. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee

Get what you love and can afford, OP. Don’t let a random bunch of people on the internet set your standard for what you consider your norm. Ring size inflation based on treating NYC (or some other big city) as the national norm is dangerous, and these cities could be overrepresented on this website. 

People in LA/NY/SF Bay Area tend to be wealthy with large disposable incomes. A 50k ring only represents a fraction of a home downpayment in any of these places, and I’d be very surprised if anyone with a 50k ring felt like they had to sacrifice, stretch or inconvenience themselves in the least bit to get it. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2020 - Hampton, VA

Yep, pretty often.

I try not to stare ’cause I love big stones. Colored or clear, I really love rings.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Yes, I see large stones quite frequently. Probably in the 1-2 ct range. I have a former colleague who had a 3 ct upgrade. People on here would probably think that it wasn’t a diamond, but it was.

But I live in Seattle and our tech market is booming. There is a LOT of money here. I also work downtown amongst an industry where people make a lot of money. My actual friend group has more modest rings. Probably in the .5-1 ct. range. I definitely have the most flashy ring amongst them.

Post # 28
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Helper bee

I’m from the midwest and currently living in PNW. 

-Back home in my circle of HS/college friends, most have probably 1 to 1.75. Most sets seem to be 1.5-3 tcw esp if they have a halo or something like that. 

-Women in my town often have 2 carat+ as it is a wealthy suburb. Particularly in my barre class and at the grocery, I saw a lot of larger rings. Also a lot of people had larger eternity bands. 

-In Seattle, where I live now, I’ve seen some large rings as well as some that are more petite. I’ve noticed a lot of people here seem to like either clean/modern or vintage/dainty looks for their rings. Most of the rings I’ve seen at my gym look to be around 1 carat or less but still very sparkly (you really notice people’s rings in barre class when they’re gripping onto the barre next to you lol!). Here I see a lot more designer bags (Gucci, Prada, Fendi, and Chanel) and fewer large rings 🙂 

 

 

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I live in Connecticut and I see sizable stones, including diamonds regularly. Even with the increasing popularity of other stone options I believe diamonds are here to stay.

MrsChatham :  We may be from the same area!

Post # 30
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Friend group… no not really. The biggest is probably 3/4 ct. We live in a relatively expensive area by Midwest standards and there’s a lot of working professionals. My SIL’s mother has a 4 ct emerald cut diamond, my mom has a nice 2.5 ct total weight emerald 3 stone ring and I always swoon over my doctor’s ring which I’m guessing is around a 2 ct round brilliant. But those are all older women.

My boss during an internship had a lot of very expensive jewelry from her ering to necklaces. I had to file the insurance paper work for her on the appraisal values. He diamond cross necklace was appraised for 80k and her ering appraised for 400k… it was a 5ct emerald cut. Wheres the drool emoji?

I’m noticing more and more moissanites as larger stones around here, so I can only assume they’re becoming a more popular option for those that want the finger coverage without the price.

 

 

 

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