Rings on weddingbee vs rings you see in person

posted 2 months ago in Engagement
Post # 16
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Yeah I live in Boston and don’t really blink an eye at 2+ here but the average seems to be around 1-1.5 ct

Post # 17
669 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Depends on location. I live in Toronto and most often see 1-2 carat. But you’d probably have to have over a 3 carat to make heads turn.

Post # 18
988 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I think there’s also a lot of moissanite on the Bee, so that might account for why you’re seeing a larger size?  I would say most of the rings of people my age that I see in real life are smaller than mine, but they’ve also been married for some time and got engaged when they were very young.  I think now that people are often getting engaged when they’re closer to 30 and are maybe more financially stable might have something to do with the uptick in carat size.

Post # 19
1177 posts
Bumble bee

I’m from northern Europe and i just checked that average engagement ring costs about $280 and average wedding ring is about $900. So for me anyone with a noticible ring would make me turn around. Big expensive rings are not a thing here, I just don’t think it would fit for us culturally. So this site is often shocking when people talk about saving budgets for rings.

Post # 20
859 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

blushingbee2019 :  I live in Toronto as well and agree with you that I see mostly 1-2 ct. I work as a nurse in an ICU where many consultant doctors pass through and some have the most amazing 2+ carat diamonds while some have smaller .75 to 1 ct. Heck, our unit clerk has a 1.75 ct diamond set in a massive halo. 

I think it vey much depends on where you live and, as a PP pointed out, there is a lot of moissy on this site.

ETA – I recently read an interesting article talking about a shift in how millenials purchase jewellery. They are not as invested in luxury brands or mined gem stones, diamonds included. Growing numbers are actively seeking out diamonds and gems that they perceive to be environmentally and ethically friendly so are quite happy with a lab diamond or other lab stone. This would certainly be a partial explanation for DeBeers foray into the lab diamond market. In any event, this shift to lab stones means a larger budget for a larger stone.

Post # 21
85 posts
Worker bee

In my social circle (large city in the SE US, mid-thirties to late forties, white color professionals), most have between 1.25-2.5 ct natural diamonds e-rings (a lot of round solitaires, but also some other shapes and halos, pave, etc.).  However; on the daily in my community, I would say the diamond e-rings I see are usually 1.25 ct and below.  Moissanite, CZ and other “diamond alternatives” are pretty rare around here, as are colored gemstone e-rings. 

Post # 22
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

I think it is important to remember that weddingbee isn’t a real cross-section sample of society.  Of course there are many different people here but my guess is that it skews toward people with more disposable income (edited to add that even if you do have a lot of disposable income, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will spend it on jewelry).  I also think if you have a smaller diamond/other stone and you feel like you see larger sizes here, you may feel less inclined to share.  Of course that isn’t true for everyone and I don’t think beauty is determined by size.  However, I think these factors might have something to do with perhaps an overrepresentation of people who have 2+ carat rings vs. what you might see in “real life.” 

Post # 23
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Yeah I think it depends on where you live. I’m in a city in the Midwest and most of my group has 1-2ct rings. My group also has a lot of alternative stones. I have an ice blue sapphire, one of my friends has a dark blue sapphire and one has a champagne sapphire. Then the rest of the group has diamonds of at least 1ct. I think it just depends on where you live and who you hang out with! 

Post # 24
233 posts
Helper bee

I’m from around the NYC area and while a 2 carat ring definitely gets my attention because it’s big and beautiful, it’s really typical here. Even my young friends in their 20’s all have at least a 1 carat diamond. I’d say 1.5-2 carats is pretty average here.

Post # 25
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I live in Maine. All of my friends and coworkers with e-rings have pretty small diamonds (half carat or less) usually in a solitaire, minus one coworker with a large bling-y halo.

My one carat moissanite is definitely on the larger size. But not a diamond either, so less expensive. 

Post # 26
137 posts
Blushing bee

I live in Canada and typically see diamond dust or .5 carats. That’s why I’m always so tickled by diamond elitism over other stones on this site. 

Post # 27
44 posts

I’ve thought the same thing. I’m in a larger Midwest city and I feel like the average I see is 1 carat or under. 

Post # 28
2753 posts
Sugar bee

I live in a smaller city and typically see rings 0.5-1.0 carat range. I’ve only noticed bigger rings within my DH’s family… 2 carat oval that belongs to one of my DH’s cousins, my Mother-In-Law has a 1.3 as an upgrade, and one of my SILs looks to have about that size too. I definitely feel like the rings on WB overrepresent big rings.

Post # 29
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

I am back living in the midwest and it seems to be 1 carat or under or nothing around here as well. Fine with me. It means my not quite half carat stone fits in fine lol. 

Post # 30
2039 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’m in the midwest, but in one of the rishes counties of the state, I see every size. Just depends. My SIL doesn’t have any stones. 

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