(Closed) How big do you consider big?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
1536 posts
Bumble bee

1 – 2 carat is the norm where I am, suburb of NYC. I will take notice over 2 Carats. 

Post # 32
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’ve been all over the world and can honestly say I have never payed attention to stone sizes, I just see a pretty ring that looks like it suits the wearer beautifully! Where I live in California you see all different shapes and sizes; my best friends ring is a gorgeous cushion-cut diamond in a really unique platinum setting (we assume it’s about 1ct?), while mine is a 3.2ct round morganite & rose gold solitaire with a pave band – I have a size 3.5 finger, and I’ve always been a bit ring-obsessed (all types, all sizes; I just really love rings) but I’ve never had a morganite ring and I think DH somehow knew I would fall in love with it 🙂 

Post # 34
2167 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

For my age, I think anything in the .75-1 carat is considered big. For where I live, 2 carats is probably considered the norm. Huge gap I know, but I’m in southern California so can’t expect muct else with that.

Post # 35
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I live in an affluent area in an NYC suburb. I’d say 2-3 is dead average. Anything over five is big, but not super unusual. I’ve seen a few 8-10 carat rings in the grocery store that are pretty amazing. 

Post # 36
20 posts

I live in New England, and the rings here seem to average 1.5-2 carats. Some of my colleagues stated that 10k should be the norm to spend on a ring, which kind of shocked me.  I rarely see anything under 1 carat her (Solitaire not tw), and when I do, the women are usually very modest/alternative in all aspects. 

Post # 37
509 posts
Busy bee

Personally, I think over 5ct diamond is big, because of moissonite and sims, and just the shift in importance and social media and you see more rings, more women seem to have bigger stones now. I used to think 2-3 carats was big, but now I think more like 5 is. Personally I’d like a 3 carat diamond.

Post # 38
4501 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I live in Australia. Seriously, where I am from anything over 0.5 is considered large. I live in a capital city, but even so, I can count on one hand the amount of women I know with a carat diamond or larger. Most have around 0.3.

I have a 0.75 diamond for reference.

Post # 39
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am from NY where the norm among ppl i know is between 1 and 2 ct. I would say that over 3ct is big in my opinion but i probably wouldnt really think anything of it unless it was larger than that just because im seeing it more and more..

Post # 40
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m from a smallish town in Australia and around here anything 1ct and over is considered big I have a 0.7ct stone and its at the high end of the average for the area

Post # 41
374 posts
Helper bee


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ehrmac:  I live in Edmonton and I think the norm here is between .5 ct – 2! Can’t argue about the economy 😢

Post # 42
6377 posts
Bee Keeper

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mrs24:  On a size 3 finger, I wouldn’t go any larger than .75 carats.  I have a .64 carat ring and love it.

Post # 43
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m currently in TX. I see all sizes here. but I think average is around .5 carat. but that’s sort of hard to say because all I see lately are halos. 

with those I’m around, anything over 2 is large and definitely gets attention.

i have a 2.2 (moissanite) and often feel uncomfortable when it’s being talked about. sadly, I didn’t consider that before buying. but maybe that’s only because I’m in the military and people get weird and really judge others for spending their money on luxury items. at least that’s how my experience has been 

Post # 44
1352 posts
Bumble bee

In my area, I’d say anything above 0.75 is big. As in, my company’s lawyer, who works for one of the top Canadian law firms and whose husband is a hot shot investment banker, wears a solitaire that I’d estimate at about 0.2ct. People here in Quebec are really not that into big diamonds. 

But after a couple years on the Bee, I’d say anything above 2ct is big, haha. 

Post # 45
521 posts
Busy bee

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mnanch:  fellow Edmontonian here as well (well, fort saskatchewan, but close enough haha). After seeing all the large stones on the bee, I decided to go with a 1 carat thinking it would be small. Boy was I wrong. My stone looks bigger than the majority of people’s stones around here, and sometimes I feel uncomfortable about it. There’s no point in even telling anyone it’s moissanite because they always look so confused when I tell them haha.

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