European bees what is the average carat in your country?

posted 1 month ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

In my experience, 0.5 UK is a very nice size, 1 carat is pretty large. 

I don’t think people care a huge amount about carat, rings are judged way more on their style/vibe/background etc. Young women wouldn’t expect more than a 0.25 and those that want blingier get a cluster. I don’t think people care as much about anyone else’s ring as they do in the US, but if they do it’s about the overall package not just the diamond (or gem, as all gems are acceptable!) 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

0.5 carat to max 1 carat. I can only think of one or two people who have larger diamonds. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I’m Scandinavian and diamonds are absolutely tiny here compared to the US. Most women have between 0,05 and 0,2 carat in their engagement rings, and my ring at 0,4 carat is considered large and blingy. You have to make a special order for diamond rings above 0,5 carat, because these are not part of the regular assortment in my country.

However, diamonds are also much more expensive here than in US. It is nearly impossible to buy diamonds with lower specs, so all diamonds have a very high colour and clarity, and are thus very expensive. I have only ever seen a 1 carat diamond in the flesh once and that was on my boss in her fifties, who is married to a very well to do business man. Normal people here cannot afford big diamonds, not even upper middle class with good salaries.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: London, UK

0.5-1ct in the UK probably. Very normal to have a cluster/illusion setting that makes it look like one diamond or a larger stone. Don’t see that many gemstone rings and moissanite is all but unheard of.

Post # 6
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Newbee

I’m in the UK and I have to say on the whole the “norm” is probably between 0.5-1 carat. However I received a beautiful ring from my partner recently and it’s a bit bigger… I’ve got some quite unkind comments from colleagues saying it’s very “in your face” (which makes me a bit sad, not sure why anyone feels the need to comment on a gift my boyfriend bought me….). 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I’d say 0.5-1 in the UK… mine is a 0.8 moissanite which was unheard of by my friendship group! No side-eye whatsoever when I tell people what it is – I’m a science teacher, so a ‘space diamond’ is right up my street! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

margaerybeerell :  fellow Nordic here.

For us the engagement ring tends to be a simple band and the wedding ring usually is a bit more bling with rocks. Men alao wear engagement rings. I just read an article where people spend more on engagement rings than ever before, $270 and wedding ring average is about $850. A $1k ring would be considered expensive. Couldn’t find data on average ct but I checked a basic retailer and you can get max. 0.2ct with that money. Sounds about right. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I live in the UK and have a 0.85ct princess cut, people tell me it’s massive! It’s rare to see a diamond bigger than 1ct and I work at a large consultancy so my colleagues are fairly wealthy etc. We once had someone from the US work in our office for a few months who had a diamond which looked around 2-3 carats, and everyone actively pointed it out and thought it was gigantic! A lot of “omg have you seen Sarah’s ring” style comments, so clearly not the norm around here.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Anything over a carat is rarely seen in the UK. I also don’t know anyone who has a moissanite.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

UK average is 0.5ct, very rare to see anything 1ct and above, never ever come across moissanite here, CZ is very common though as well as coloured stones like sapphires. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Scotland. Most people have rings of less than 0.5 carats. I would say the same for most of the UK except London. You only have to look in High Street jewellers to realise what is being sold to most people.

I think that this is because diamonds are expensive in the UK (they include 20% import tax), house prices are high and taxes are high. People simply don’t have the same disposable income as in America.

I have to say that diamond size is the most tedious of the 4 Cs. Anyone can get a large diamond just by observing their hand through binoculars, a mobile phone zoom lens or even the stem of a wine glass.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I’m Canadian, and I think it likely runs the gamut here. I have the large stone of any of my friends and family at 0.75c moissanite. I’ve almost never seen a diamond bigger than probably 0.3-0.5ct (other than in the jewellery store) other than on one girl I barely know who is definitely marrying into a wealthy family, and probably has something closer to 1.5-2ct. Other wise even in a jewellery store I’ve really only seen 1ct rings as the large end.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Germany. I can’t find reliable data but I’ve article claims that on average people spend 600€, that’s 660$. For that you can’t get 0.5c, more likely up to 0.3. 

And there are enough people who don’t have one at all. Mine is a 3 stone ring with a total of 0.25c from an antiques dealer, cost around 300€ and my mum thought it was rather excessive. 

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