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

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What is considered a big diamond? What is a small diamond?
    small is less than .5 ct : (247 votes)
    29 %
    small is less than .75 ct : (86 votes)
    10 %
    small is less than 1 ct : (77 votes)
    9 %
    small is less than 2 ct : (4 votes)
    0 %
    Big is more than .5 ct : (12 votes)
    1 %
    Big is more than .75 ct : (21 votes)
    2 %
    Big is more than 1 ct : (226 votes)
    27 %
    Big is more than 2 ct : (174 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 32
    2807 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    my ring is around .25ctw, and i have a 3 stone ring with pave accent. my friend just got an almost 2ctw ring from her fiance. my best friend has a ring with three tiny tiny mele size stones. my mother has a 1ct aquamarine with some side stones. my Future Mother-In-Law has around a half carat solitare. my aunt has around 1.5ct total in her ring. those are the people closest to me. however, i also have friends with 2ct solitaires and friends with larger than that.

    that being said, i too think that it depends on where you live, and your social circle.

    personally? i think anything over 2 carats is BIG. i think anything under .10ct is small. but that’s just my opinion.

    Post # 33
    1669 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We are getting ready to buy a ring and are going to get a .70-.75 stone. After trying them on, that looks best on my hands and will be practical to wear every day (I work with my hands). Here in New York, my ring will look tiny, especially as I don’t like halos. Back home in NC, it’ll look about normal. I think it depends on the area. I don’t mind either way!

    Post # 34
    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Where I live/work, my 1.5 is pretty average/medium…I think >2.5 is big, <.75 is small.


    Post # 35
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Based on your poll, I would say anything over 2cts is large and anything under .5 is small.  Most of my friends/area fall around 1 ct more or less.

    Post # 36
    1144 posts
    Bumble bee

    I put less an .5 small and more than 1 is big. However, like many people posted, it does depend on your social circle and even on the person’s finger who is wearing the ring. My center stone is .75 but since I have a size 3.5 finger, it looks HUGE on me. I personally think a 1 carat would look way too big and gaudy on my finger even though my fiance can afford it no problem so it definitely varies.

    Post # 37
    27 posts
    • Wedding: January 2009

    Where I live anything under a 3ct center stone is considered small and no center stone is considered to big…it’s LA and sadly its all about the material things.

    Post # 38
    77 posts
    Worker bee

    under .25 cts is small, over 1 is big.


    Post # 39
    11231 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @swisea01:  I don’t know where your ring is from, but I saw a similar one at Kohl’s over the weekend and kinda fell in love.

    In my opinion, under .5 is small and over .75 is big (I have small fingers).

    In my circle, under .25 is small and over .5 is HUGE. My center stone is .25 and it’s the biggest one in the family (most of them don’t have stones at all, although my great aunt’s is a giant turquoise). My cousin has a large (to me, though not gaudy) ring, but I don’t know the specs on it.

    Post # 40
    10713 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    In this area I get comments that my ring is so big… It’s only 1 ct. So I’d say for my area .75 and up is big and .30 and under is small. I guess I’m lucky to live where I do lol.

    Post # 41
    2490 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    In my region and social circle anything over 1ct would be considered big. It totally depends though, the last company I worked at was a very successful oilsands company and the ladies I worked with thought anything less than about 2ct was small.

    Post # 42
    1381 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Def depends on the area.  I live in greater NYC area – nothing is too big haha.

    A friend of mine has almost a 3ct cushion, but another friend of mine has a 1ct Round Brilliant that she absolutely adores.  I also work in an affluent town that makes me wish my 2.2ct Round Brilliant was bigger lol!

    But in my eyes, anything smaller than a 1ct is “small” and anything like 1.75ct and over is pretty big/substantial.

    Post # 43
    4411 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

    I think .50 carat is the perfect size.  So anything smaller is small and anything larger is large.  Of course, my opinion is based on the size of my own diamond which is .50 carat, and I think my ring is perfect.  😉

    Post # 44
    7430 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    To me, anything less than 1 is small and anything bigger than 1 is big.

    Post # 45
    764 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

     It really depends on where you live and what you’re used to seeing as “normal/not normal”

    I live in NYC/Westchester , and I see women riding the metro north/walking the streets of Manhattan with 2+ carat rings

    Big to me is 3+

    AVG to me is 1.5-2.5

    Post # 46
    3194 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Honey-Bee:  ditto!

    im also a 1.01 center and I have the largest stone of anyone in my social circle- I voted over 1 as big. 

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