Midwest Carat Size?

posted 5 months ago in Rings
Post # 16
660 posts
Busy bee

 Swimstuff :  According to the 2015 study in the link, the average for Wisconsin was about 1.24, but I agree with the comments suggesting the information is not necessarily helpful. You should also keep in mind reporting bias and that the distribution may be skewed.

Post # 17
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Chicago here, 1.3 ct round brilliant diamond with halo.

I definitely see rings between .75- 1ct here and the biggest I have seen have been on doctors or lawyers and they are around 1.5 

Post # 18
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Mine is .9 and I live in Indianapolis. I think mine is about average for my area, but I don’t think I’m great at estimating carat sizes. The biggest difference I see is based on when people got engaged (early 20s, late 20s, early 30s, etc).

I actually do think this is a helpful thread. There are so many large stones on the bee, and people act like that is standard. I don’t think it is in many areas, so it’s nice to see some first-hand info on carat size of those of us who live in the Midwest. 

Post # 19
2410 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

The simulates on the board are not typical of what you’ll see IRL, either. Seems like 40% on the board & there’s far less IRL (hardly anyone). I do see a fair number of white sapphires, though.

Post # 20
274 posts
Helper bee

I have a 1.2 ct center sapphire with 0.25 side diamond pears and am from Iowa.

i actually live in a city in the south now and people have much flashier rings down here… even in lower socioeconomic groups, people have cluster rings made to look bigger, etc. they also never have a colored stone as a center.  But a lot of my friends from college have smaller rings or even alternative stones.  Diamonds are gorgeous but I love when they are accents and bring out a center stone’s color.

Post # 21
1029 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

I’m in the midwest. Mostly 1 carat or less around here. I’m just slightly under a half a carat for my centre. Heirloom stone. 

Post # 22
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m also in Indianapolis and have a 1.3ct princess.  Among friends and work colleagues my diamond is on the high side of average with most people I actually know ranging from .75 to 1.5ct. However, I often see stones that are much smaller and much larger.

Post # 23
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I live in Missouri. I have a 1.5 but it’s my upgrade. I started out with a 0.67. I’d say average is one carat where I live.

Swimstuff :  

Post # 24
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

About that link that was posted… didn’t we (on the bee) agree that taking the average isn’t the right way to measure this? That the median would be way better? Because the avarage can be thrown of balance easily when you just throw in a handful of overtly large diamonds and it lifts the average number right up? 

Post # 25
1420 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I’m from Detroit. My ring is 1.4 ct, my sister’s is 1.7 ct. I don’t think any of my friends have rings smaller than 1 ct. 

Clearly this varies hugely. I’m not sure it’s a regional thing, but more of a cultural and socioeconomic thing.

Post # 26
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Green Bay, WI

I’m from Wisconsin (live in Green Bay, work in Appleton) and my family is from a small town in rural NE Wisconsin.

The norm in Green Bay for people in their mid-twenties (my friend group) is around 1 carat I would say. Mine is one of the largest in our friend group and it’s a 1.31 center stone. One of my friends does have a 2-carat total weight ring, but her center stone is smaller than mine. Her’s was probably the most expensive though, because of all the diamonds and the total weight. Her’s definitely stands out around here as being large. Most I see out and about in Green Bay are .75-1 carat.

Mine is also one of the largest in my family (and I have a large family). I think my mom’s is half a carat and most of my cousins have around .5-1 carat max. Definitely more modest in the rural areas of WI. I’ve seen a lot of .25 carat center stones around the area too, especially for couples 25 and younger.


ETA: I feel like a lot of the rings I see on younger couples around here have halos or cluster-rings to give more sparkle. The total carat weight is still fairly modest but it does give the impression of a larger ring because of the clusters and halos.

Post # 27
9215 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m in centralish WI and I’d say most people I know have around .5-1 carats. Mine is 3/4 with a bunch of side stones. Most of the people I work with are middle class and have similar sized stones.

My mom’s friend upgraded hers to 2+ carats and it definitely stands out, a lot lol.

I think if you’re in a larger city or your social circle runs with higher earning jobs you’ll see some higher carats, but that’s not the norm in my experience.

Post # 28
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Swimstuff :  been to the midwest a lot and thought the average size was closer to almost 1 carat. I feel like that is the average for most places though. 

Post # 29
1216 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I’m in the suburbs of Chicago, and I’d say most of my friends’ rings are 1 carat or under.  My two best friends both have about .5 carats for their center stones.  Mine is probably one of the larger ones I’ve seen – I have a 1.4 carat diamond.

Post # 30
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and I’d say the average is about a 1 carat. I have a 1.9 carat with a round halo so it’s definitely blingy, but I haven’t noticed too much extra attention or any out of the ordinary stares. 

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