(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 # 47
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I too believe it of course has to do with social circles and where you live. To me, anything under 1 carat is small. Anything over 2 carats is good sized.

    Post # 48
    1486 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @MlleFabuleux:  That’s exactly where I’d put small and big as well.


    “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 # 49
    717 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2008

    I grew up in Southern California. Small to me would be anything less than a carat. Big to me would be something over 2. My center stone is 1.75, the set is just over 3 carats.

    Post # 50
    1762 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I live in a fairly affluent area and nearly all of my friends have advanced degrees. I guess under .75 would be considered small and over 1.5 carats would be considered large.

    Most of my friends’ rings are in the 1-1.25 range. I suppose in a few years, after everyone’s careers progress a bit more, that range will be bumped up to 1.25-1.5.

    Post # 51
    2925 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Average to me would be around 0.75-1. So I voted small to be less than 0.5 and big to be over 1.

    Post # 52
    1413 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2000

    Depends on the shape because some look bigger than others, but I think anything less than 1ct is small, 1ct-2ct average, and over 2 is on the larger side.  Mine is little over a ct and think it’s the perfect size, not too big, not too small… just right 🙂

    Post # 53
    427 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Among my family and friends my diamond would be considered slightly larger than average, pretty  much everyone has a 1 ct or just under, my centre stone is 1.2 ct.  However, to my SO friends and family my diamond is huge, everyone has a .3-.75 ct diamond so mine seems much bigger and I’ve actually had a few comments along the lines of “that’s beautiful but I don’t know why you need such a big diamond” no I don’t need it but I love it.

    Post # 54
    6386 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Depends on who is wearing it.  Someone is a size 8 ring is going to make a 0.5 ct stone look small, while the same stone on a size 4 ring might look quite large.  For me (size 4.5 ring) a 0.5-0.75 ct stone looks like an average size stone, while anything over 1 ct just looks too big.

    Post # 55
    532 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I live in NYC and in Manhattan there are women walking around with 4 carat rings on their fingers. Sometimes they make my 2 ct stone look really small Laughing

    But when I visit my Fiance in Charlotte my ring looks pretty large compared to others. So it really is about where you live.

    IMO, anything under 1.5 is small and anything over 3 is large, but that’s definitely based on location.

    Post # 56
    1262 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m going with area-dependent as well, I live in government/lawyer town (Washington, DC) and it’s a pretty well-off city. I think anything under 1 carat is small and anything over 3 carats is big. Everything else is kind of normal. Ring/hand size plays a part too. Unfortunately, 1 carat on my man hand would look microscopic 🙁

    Post # 59
    6533 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Definitely a regional/circle of friends thing. I’d say 1 carat is average, but I’d expand that average envelope to include .5 to 1.5 or so. Outside of that range is where I’d start considering small/big. 

    Post # 60
    86 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’ve seen a range from 0.5 to 4 ct+ in my area. It really depends what people prefer visually. I think anything under 1.5ct looks small because my stone is 2.2ct My gf’s stone is 3ct + another 1ct on the halo/shank. She thinks that anything below 3ct is small. Another friend has a 3 stone with .75+ 2×0.5, she thinks that both of our rings are giant.




    Post # 61
    143 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013


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    +1   It all depends on the area. In NYC you see it all! i.e. I saw a woman walking around with her tits out a black beret, a fake mustache drawn on her face….so if you see that chances are you’ll see a 4ct+ on the street and not think anything of it!  I feel 3ct+ is big


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