(Closed) Is a one carat diamond still considered "big"?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@cwh:  around here it’s a good size but average. It also depends on your ring size I think.

Post # 18
1891 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I think of it as like the standard size, but not big. 

Post # 20
2279 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

In my hometown all of my friends are getting engaged and I’ve noticed most get small three stone rings (weirdly common).  I’d say a 1 ct centre stone would be considered quite large there.  I used to have a 0.75 ct centre diamond and it never got very much attention.. but I have since changed to a 1 ct.   I will have to see if anyone notices. But in a metropolitan area (where I live now) it is about average.

Post # 21
11744 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s on the small side in my area/social circle.

Post # 22
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

1ct is, what I would consider, to be large. It’s probably about average or even a bit small for where I live now, but it’s certainly among the larger stones in my social group.

Post # 23
31 posts

Like another bee had stated earlier I think it depends on the size of your finger. My e-ring is 1.16 carats (center stone) and my finger is a size 6. So in mine and others opions it appears larger than it is. It gets a lot of attention!

Post # 24
9544 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

In general, if you have a 0.5 carat you will think a 1 carat is big. If you have a 2 carat you will not think an one carat is big…

Post # 25
673 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m from the midwest and my ring gets tons of attention. It’s a 1 carat moissanite. People will grab my hand and say, “that is huge!” or “that is gorgeous!” I rarely see rings that look over a carat, unless it’s on an older woman whose had an upgrade. However,  on younger girls I’m starting to notice bigger halos are really popular. I’m kind of wondering if moissanite is changing the game for newly engaged couples– there’s no way my fiance could have afforded a one carat diamond and if he could I wouldn’t have wanted hiim to spend the money.


I think it’s pretty big. 

Post # 26
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

I think 1ct is pretty standard, not small, but not huge, just right 🙂

I have a 1ct diamond w/a halo and it’s a pretty decent size.  I am very happy with it.

Post # 28
5221 posts
Bee Keeper

@cwh:  You kow, this is a good question. When I was a teenager 20 years ago, a 1 carat ring was considered enormous. Where I’m from, they are still considered big. On weddingbee though, I guess its not? Most of the rings on here are bigger than that…..At least, it sure seems that way. We have people from all over the world on here too, so who is to say really.


Post # 29
8482 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

For a diamond, I would consider it to be larger than average.

Post # 30
79 posts
Worker bee

I agree with the others, it mainly depends on your social circle as well as your finger size.  Overall, where I live, one carat is considered to be relatively large.  There are plenty of women here who have less than half carat on their fingers, I’ve noticed that to be the norm around most of North Carolina.  The only exception to that is the triangle region where the more metropolitan cities and major universities are located.

Post # 31
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve never considered 1ct big. It’s lovely, but in my mind not large. I’m in a large Midwest city. 

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