(Closed) What is considered a big diamond and what is considered a small diamond?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What is considered a big diamond? What is a small diamond?

    small is less than .5 ct

    small is less than .75 ct

    small is less than 1 ct

    small is less than 2 ct

    Big is more than .5 ct

    Big is more than .75 ct

    Big is more than 1 ct

    Big is more than 2 ct

  • Post # 17
    561 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Where I live, people don’t tend to have very “big” rings. My .5 carat looks similar to many of the girls here so probably anything under than .5 would be “small” and anything over 1 would be “big.”

    Post # 18
    20 posts
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I think it’s all about perspective too..this is my e-ring, it’s 1 carat, size 5. I have small hands/short fingers- so the ring looks huge on me

    Post # 19
    5317 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I think it’s really relative to where you live, but there are only a few spots on earth where >1 carats isn’t generally considered substantial.

    Post # 20
    1320 posts
    Bumble bee

    For center stones only, from my experiences/social circle (w/slight variances based on finger size, cut, etc.):

    Small is < 1 ctw

    Med/Avg = 1 ctw – 3 ctw

    Big is > 3 ct

    For total carat weight:

    Small is < 2 ctw

    Med/Avg = 2 ctw – 5 ctw

    Big is > 5 ct

    Post # 21
    762 posts
    Busy bee

    Under 1 is small to me and over 2.5 is large 

    Post # 22
    125 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    In NZ I would say anything smaller than .30 is small. My social group of professionals have high quality .50ct-.75cts centre stone maybe .75-1ct if it has shoulder stones). My 3 stone (1ct centre plus x2 .50s and shoulders, roughly 2.70ct total) is considered pretty blingtastic. Everyone puts their money into mortgage free homes 🙂 Diamonds are more expensive here

    Post # 23
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Small: 0.05


    Big: anithing over 0.25


    Here in the Netherlands diamonds are considered a bit flashy and people don’t spend much on jewellery. My mom has a 2ct OEC she never wears because it’s too flashy.


    I have a 0.68 ct and it’s considered huge here.


    Post # 24
    797 posts
    Busy bee

    Based on where I live in general, I would say <0.5ct is “small”, 1ct is big and >2 t. That being said, it also depends on your social circle. In our circle, <1ct is “small”, 1.5-2ct is average and >2ct is big. 

    Post # 25
    6263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    In my area I would say over 3 carats would be considered “big.” I dont personally know anyone that has less than 1ct.

    Post # 26
    172 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    After looking at rings in person, I think anything under 1 carat is small.

    So, I will probably have a “small” ring given his income, lol.


    Post # 27
    314 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2021 - Wyckoff, NJ

    Let me preface by saying I’ve lived in NYC and outlying suburbs my whole life…


    Small is less than 1 Carat

    Big is greater than 2


    I have a 1.25 CT Emerald Center stone and it’s the smallest out of my friends.  I love it and it’s the perfect size.  I have a much more intricate setting which really sets it apart 🙂

    Post # 28
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    In the UK, I’d say that generally the usual size is around 0.2 to 0.4 carats (for a solitaire) and anything above 0.75 ct would be considered large.

    Post # 30
    1034 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Around here, anything over 1.5 is pretty big. Most people seem to have .75-1. Under .5 is very small.

    Post # 31
    99 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    In my circle my just over 0.5 carat diamond is considered pretty big, i’d say that the adverage around here is probably around 0.25 of a carat.  It looks big on me anyway as i’m petite with short fingers and it has a halo too, the general consensus where i used to work (when i got engaged) was ‘god that’s huge! is he rich?)  people generally spend less in the UK than what i’ve seen in the US from ‘the bee’  i was lucky as mine was a total bargain Smile

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