Post # 61
In london and everyones ring is tiny with the occasional big one. I asked to see a 1.3ct diamond in a shop and they didn’t have one that big. They said their 1ct was already huge. I take pleasure in my 1.5ct moissanite being the biggest animal around lol
Post # 62
I live in the UK and around 0.25 to 0.5 is the norm where I live so I have a fairly big ring (0.75ct) For a while I’d only seen one 1ct stone and it was my grandmas and thought it was huge! My mum has just upgraded to 0.5 ct from 0.25 ct. my auntie upgraded a few years ago from a CZ to a trilogy diamond ring.
But I worked in a high end retail store and never saw more than 1 carat. And the biggest ring I’ve seen was in a luxury jewellery store and it was 2.3 ct, beautiful ring but more than twice what I make a year!
Post # 63
I live just outside London, UK. The average where I live and in my social circle is around 0.3-0.5ct solitaire but I’m starting to see bigger stones (0.7-1ct) due in part I think to American influences, and in part to be people being more savvy shoppers and getting more bang for their buck by avoiding high street retailers.
I know two people with 1.35ct centre stones with very high specs, and one of my parents’ friends (older, established couple) has a 5ct whopper which is pretty incredible. But those aren’t the norm IME and do attract attention.
Post # 64
I’m in Europe and first of all, diamond e-rings are not as populair as they are in de US. Some women have a diamond ring but those are very small for US standards: 0.5-0.20 is the norm here.
Also, diamonds are very expensive here. Just checked a jewelersite and found a plain solitaire ering with a 1 carat G SI1 for 15K…
Post # 65
I commute in to Toronto for work and I see a variety of diamonds, but rarely a huge 3+ct ring. I would guess that most are .75ct to 1.5ct.
Post # 66
I live in Arizona. Depending on where you go, you may see some huge ones.
Post # 67
I want to say yes, because of a combination of my age, the area we live, and our professions, and people here are clearly affluent, but the reality is, i dont even notice or look! My clients are 99% men, maybe if I had more female clients I would notice. I just dont look, when i am out I am busy doing what I am doing or paying attention to the people I am with.
Post # 68
raeann1984 : nope. Even to see a 1 carat diamond is..not “rare,” but not the norm either. Depends on the neighborhood though I guess.
Post # 69
I live in Ohio and the biggest I’ve seen in real life is 2 carats. In my friend group they are all around 1 carat or smaller with a halo.
Post # 70
I thought you guys might think this is interesting (particularly US Bees)
This data is from the whole US for searches/sales made through Rare Carat:
Our New York bees’ anecdotal observations that 2 carats seems to be “the norm” was not far off. 2 carats. There is a higher % of 2 carat diamonds than any other size in NYC.
Our Seattle brides were also spot on about 1 carat being the norm where they live, with nearly 1 in 5 people opting for a 1 ct diamond.
Our SF bees are also spot on about their city. A higher percentage of San Franciscans opt for 3 ct rings than in any other city in the country, but there are still many who go for smaller stones as well.
Of course, this just takes into account searches made on diamonds specifically and does not seem to account for actual purchases (or alternate stone, heirloom/vintage, or lab-created stones) I still thought it was super interesting.
Post # 71
beekay : Ooh, nice visualization! So interesting to see. It’s such a culturally ingrained trend, its absolutely fascinating to me! My husband absolutely insisted I get a diamond even though I originally wanted a plain gold band. He’d been coached by his female friends (no doubt with the best of intentions!) to get me ‘a carat minimum’. The poor guy clearly meant well, but I had to push back and ended up slashing his budget in half.
Post # 72
In Denver the rings average around 2 carats and up. Younger people usually have around 1-2 carats and once you hit about 30-40 you start seeing much larger stones like 3-4 carats.
Post # 73
I live in the Seattle-area, and I’m surprised at a couple of the posts saying that people here tend to wear larger engagement rings (1.5 carat +). I think what’s more common than engagement rings with a stone is wearing a plain band by itself. Sometimes I see older women with just an eternity band. While Seattle is a wealthy area, people tend to be a bit more low key about conspicuous wealth.
Post # 74
techmom : I thought it was super interesting too. Especially the cities where the average size hung around 1 ct but the color grade and clarity grade were higher than average (Boston sticks out to me in particular).
Post # 75
In NY it runs the gamot. A lot of the older women that I have seen lately are wearing chunky eternity bands or 5 stone bands with probably .4 or .5 carat stones. It’s a very blingy look. I do see a lot of larger stones on older women, but I think my generation (late 20’s) has started going with more modest stones. Mine is just under 1ct, and most of my friends are going with that size as well. We all like not having to pay that 1ct price jump. Lol. The other day I took my mom to the doctor’s office for a consult, and the consultant had probably a 3 or 4 carat emerald cut with two seemingly one carat emeralds to either side. I had to keep telling myself not to stare at it because I didn’t want her to think I was crazy but oh-my-holy-boulder. I love to drool over them, but I don’t think I could ever own one. I’d end up being too nervous to wear it.