(Closed) Spinoff – what do you consider small or large?

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Post # 2
6773 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

For me it depends more on the overall ring.  You can have a .9 carat solitaire and I won’t think it’s as large as a .5 carat surrounded by a halo (or double halo) and a pave band.  My own ring has a center stone less than a quarter carat, plus two smaller sidestones.  It’s big enough, but I doubt many people would agree with me.

Post # 3
1210 posts
Bumble bee

I think it really depends on where you live. In my area, I would say average is around 1-1.5 carats. However my friends probably have an average of 2 carats with many of them having of big solitaires. Therefore, for me to consider something big, it would have to be 2.5-3+ carats. For small, anything less than 1 carat is smaller than what I usually see.

Some people like bigger rings and some like smaller and as long as the couple is happy with their decision that is all that matters. But it is interesting to see how responses differ, as average stone size varies widely depending on where you live and your peer group.

Post # 4
4238 posts
Honey bee


It’s relative. If I were in the USA, large is larger to me than if I was in Europe.

But, for diamond e-rings, I generally consider:

<1ct = s-m

<2ct = m-l

<3ct = l-xl

3ct+ = royalty

My view of semi-precious gemstones allows for more generous carat weights.

Just my $0.02.

Post # 5
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

<.5 = Small 

.6 – 1.5 = Average

1.6 – 2.5 = Large

2.6 – 3.5 = Very Large

3.6+ = Celebrity Status 

This is just how I see things 🙂

Post # 6
6269 posts
Bee Keeper

I agree with LindyLu saying that it depends a bit on where you live. In the uk the average diamond e-ring is 0.4cts (I believe) but now, due to the bee I think, that seems small to me in real life even though I don’t see many diamonds about 1ct plus day to day. 

Post # 7
2573 posts
Sugar bee

Small under a half carat,large over 2carats

I have a one and a half and I would say it’s medium

Post # 8
4640 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

To me it is 

< 1 carat = small

1-1.75 = average

1.76-2.5 = large

2.51-3.5 = extraordinarily large

3.5+ = celeb/royalty

Post # 10
3323 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

to me on average depending on style, setting, shape/cut ECT… I would also use the scale for diamond and any other gemstones.

under 1ct small

1ct – 2ct wall to medium


2ct to 3ct medium to large


3ct – 5ct large

5ct or over very large.

Post # 12
2341 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Assuming small is not presumed to be a negative here: < 0.5 carat = small, > 1.25 carats = big. UK Bee here. 

Post # 13
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I think it also depends on finger size.  My .5 carat does not look small on my 3.75 finger!

Post # 14
7898 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

small: 0.5 carat and smaller

large: 1.5 carat and larger

Perceived stone size also depends on ring size. A larger finger needs more stone to cover the finger width. 

Post # 15
2110 posts
Buzzing bee

This for for centre stones (diamonds)

Small – less than 0.50ct

Large – more than 1.5ct

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