Post # 1
For all those who live in the midwest, do you think a 3/4ths carat center stone with pave diamonds on the band with a total carat weight of 1.05 carats is a big e-ring? I know this is small on the east and west coasts, but I think this may be different in the midwest.
Does anyone from the midwest have a similar stone size? What comments have you received on it?
Post # 3
I’m from MN and I think that is a pretty big ring. Mine is a total of 1.8 carats, but my friends who were married a little younger have .5 carat and .4 carat e-rings. Their wedding bands have some diamonds so I’d say their total carat weight is about .75 or so. I think in the midwest it has to do with your age when you get engaged too.
Post # 4
It’s fairly large, but it depends on your ring size, imo. I have the equivalent of a 1/2 carat stone (mine’s a garnet so they measure in mm, not carats) and it looks resonably large on my hand, but I only wear a 3.75 ring, too. Most of the rings I’ve seen around here are between 1/4 and 3/4 carat (I live in Iowa).
Post # 5
I’m in Mpls too. I think that is isn’t huge, but it is a good size. Like Statutory Grape said, it kind of depends on your finger size… I have a friend w/ a .5 carat center stone and small hands and it looks HUGE on her hand 🙂
My center stone is larger (1.5 c) and I have gotten a couple remarks on it’s size, but no one seems too blown away by it. BUT, back in my midwestern college town, anything larger than 1 carat was crazy big (in Iowa).
Post # 6
From what i’ve seen of people I know/have talked to in StL, 1ct is pretty much the average. I have a .8ct round solitaire and people compliment me all the time on it. They tend to assume it’s bigger that it is.
I’ve never received any negative comments.
Post # 7
I feel 1 – 1.5 is pretty average around here.
What matters is what makes you happy and doesn’t break the bank, IMO.
Post # 8
That seems like it’s on the slightly large side of average :).
Post # 9
I’m from Ohio and most of my friends seem to have around .5-1.25ct rings (center stone cwt). My .86 has seemed about average (and most people think it’s 1ct).
Post # 10
I live in the midwest and pretty much have what you described…3/4 center stone and side stones—total weight is over 1 carat. it’s hard for me to say whether that is average or not. I have friends who have basically what I have and then I have several friends who have center stones that are 1.5 carat or larger.
I also agree with lilyfaith, have a ring that makes you happy! I personally love the size of my ring. My hubby decided to buy a smaller stone that was higher quality rather than bigger and not as good quality.
Post # 11
I’m from Nebraska. That’s basically my exact carat weight. People tended to think it was really big on me, but I’m a tiny girl with tiny hands. It’s funny, but I moved to NYC about two months ago and I find I get more comments about the hugeness of my ring here than I ever did in the Midwest. I think in some ways carat weight is more important in the midwest because marriage is one of the biggest things to happen to most people… Maybe that’s because I saw more of a work/life balance thing happening in the midwest than I do here. In NYC, it’s more like your career takes center stage and it’s sort of uncool to be obsessed with the diamond. Or something. I see a lot of TINY diamonds. The big ones I see are REALLY insanely huge and are on obvious socialites/trust fund people. It’s like, either .3 carats for normal people, or 3 or 4 carats on rich people.
Anyway, /uninformed analysis of the masses…
EDIT: I should say that in the midwest, I got comments about the ring being big on me, but in actuality, it was about average. I saw many bigger stones, especially at work, but most of my friends had slightly smaller stones.
Post # 12
I got a one carat moissanite, and people were freaking out about my ring. I’m from Iowa, so a lot of the older women seem to have .3-.75 carat rings. It seems like the newly engaged are going bigger. Maybe it’s a generation thing. But anyone over 30 seems to think my ring is huuuge.
Post # 13
I’m from a tiny town in Indiana and mine is a .76 solitaire, my family made a big deal about the size. Most girls I know have smaller or three stone rings that are about 1 or 2. In the jewelry stores here it’s very rare to see anything over 1.5 for a solitaire and 2 for a three stone.