(Closed) Do you see large diamonds in RL?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 76
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

I live and work in Beverly Hills and despite all the stereotypes, it really does vary. I see small stones, large stones, women wearing only plain wedding bands…I am sure some of these older wealthy ladies around here have very large rings but they don’t wear them every day. I would say on average I see between 1-3 carats the most. I see a few 3-5+ carats every once in awhile but not as much as you would think, and most of the women I see wearing humongous rings are over 50. 

Post # 77
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Rural Midwesterner here. Nope, we’re pretty modest in these parts. My center is just under a half carat and it’s probably about average. In my group of friends, I think I know of two center stones that are 1 ct., and they look giant to me.

My mom wears a .15 solitaire (she got engaged at 19 and never wanted an upgrade). My grandma had a solitaire that I’d estimate at .35 or so. I have a few older coworkers that sport a carat, but I always assume those are upgrades. All in all, I’d estimate most rings I see are .15 on the small end to .75 at the higher end. 

It’s interesting to read these comments and hear other’s perspectives. I remember being genuinely shocked whern I first started lurking here — these boards make 1+ carat out to be the norm, but it must vary so much by region.  

Post # 78
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Helper bee

yes, I live in chicago and 1ct seems to be the norm with 1.5+ not being unusual

Post # 79
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I live and work in San Francisco, and there’s a whole lot of variety here too. For sure there are some really big diamonds (I have one friend and one coworker who both come to mind right away whose stones must approach if not exceed 3 cts). I take public transit every day and see everything from plain gold bands or petite eternity bands to really large or blingy sets to non-diamond stones. Some of the variety is socioeconomic and some is individual taste.

Post # 80
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I work in San Francisco and regularly see larger diamonds.  I feel like most women have 1.5-2.5ct rings.  I see 3ct+ almost daily when I am in the city.  I live in the suburbs and don’t see 3+ very often.  I only knew a couple people with 2.5+ ct.

edit to add: I also see plenty of plain bands or understated rings as well.  There really is a huge variety. 

Post # 81
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I suppose it depends on what you consider large!! I would say when I lived in SF I saw 1.5-2ish. In Boston typically the 1.5ish range. I am looking at 2.25-2.5 carats now so I’ve had a few shipped to the house to consider and I’ve seen a bunch as we have been shopping around but I am not sure if I consider a 2.25-2.5 large?

Post # 82
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I live in Kansas (Hi Neighbor) and I see a lot of like .97 stones because they have the look of the 1 carat for a great discount. I have a 1 carat ring with 1/2 in  side stones and some on my bands but I got mine at a pawn shop. I work in Johnson County though and see a lot of your women with huge stone as clients  but not sure if they are moissy but usually they are buying huuuugggeee expensive homes so I would guess they are diamonds. Some of the more wealthy older folks often don’t seem to wear rings or will wear a plain gold band though so that’s interesting. 

Post # 83
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - Emerald at Queensridge

I do. I live in Vegas and there are a lot of people who have a lot of money out here. Unless everyone is rocking moissy like me and I just can’t tell the difference! Hehe. 

Post # 84
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Sugar bee

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To answer the OP, I’m in NYC and I still don’t see big stones regularly. I have the biggest ring of anyone I know personally at 1.25 carats, and it’s a family ring. I occassionally see larger rings, but normally I don’t see above 1 carat, and my friends all have .5 and under or have chosen alternative rings or plain bands. Most people in my age range (late twenties) can’t afford a huge ring, and those who could generally prioritize other stuff. And in general, I think only certain types want a really huge ring. I am friends with an older woman with a gorgeous Fifth Ave apartment and a killer art collection, for example, and she wears a plain gold band.

Post # 85
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Blushing bee

Yea, I’ve also seen it all. But as some others have said, it really means nothing about personal wealth (just bringing this up b/c there have been so many threads about judging people based on their rings). 

Post # 86
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I live in Missouri and I think it depends on where in Missour you are talking about. Walk around Clayton or Ladue or Frontenac and you will see some big rings. I would say most women I hang out with here have one carat diamonds set with halos to make them look bigger. My personal ring is around a two carat center stone, about three carats total weight. I grew up in Conneticut and this ring is the norm among my friends there. A majority of my friends with big rings inherited the center stone from their parents. 

Post # 87
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Helper bee

I live in Missouri too. If you’re in Kansas City, especially on the Plaza, you’ll see some big rocks.

Post # 88
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I’m from the West Virginia… an extremely poor state.  I see very small diamonds. I have a 0.8 round Moissanite and it is one od the biggest I have seen. My mom’s is the biggest true diamond I have come across, but it smaller than mine. I think most people that I socialize with would feel uncomfortable and out of place with a big e ring.

Post # 89
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I live on the east coast of Canada and large rings are not common here. I’d say .15-.75 carat (diamond) is the average size. I do know some people with 1 carat but it’s definitely not the norm. I have a .40 solitaire and my two besties have  .80 and 1 carat solitaires (we all got engaged in our mid twenties). I love seeing big bling on bee but it’s definitely not the norm for me in RL 🙂

 

Post # 90
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Bumble bee

I live just outside Toronto and see a variety of sizes and styles. I’m an older Bee, so my social circle includes people that were married 10-15+ years ago. Most have around 1 carat or smaller in their original rings, or have upgraded/upsized to a 1.5-2 carat size. When I see younger women/newly engaged women, they tend to have larger than 1 carat though. I’m seeing lots of lovely halos too on younger women. I find that the big and fancy rings are popular here on the Bee, but I’m not seeing much of them in real life.

Just as an aside, we just returned from a trip to Disney World where I was amazed at the different sizes, shapes and styles of rings I saw on women there. However, the majority were around 1 carat.

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