(Closed) What is considered a “large” ring where you live? (or among your friends)

posted 10 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Where you live/among your group of friends/family, what is considered a "large" diamond?

    Something under .50 could be considered large

    .50 to 1 carat

    1 to 1.5 carats

    1.5 to 2

    over 2

  • Post # 47
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I almost can’t vote on this poll because where I”m from, in my circle, anything over 3 carats is large. Most of my friends have around 2 carats and that’s considered normal.

    Post # 48
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    Helper bee

    I’m not really sure what the norm is for my area (Nova/DC) but I think what some of the other bees have said is correct. 1.5-2 is about average here.

    Now among all my friends, the interesting (well maybe not that interesting) thing is that the average or norm has increased as age has increased. I remember thinking that a girl who got engaged in college (6 or 7 years ago) who got a 1 carat ring had a massive diamond! We all thought that. Now most of my friends who have gotten married/engaged in the past couple years have an average of 1.5 carats. I still think 2 carats is pretty large but not as large as I would have thought 5 years ago!

    Post # 49
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I feel like Austin is kind of weird. I see rings of all different sizes here–from no diamond, to 4cts. I honestly don’t know what the “average” size around here is because it really seems SO different. TONS of people don’t even have diamond rings–they have other gemstones.

    Then again, in this city if you go to most bars you’ll find one person decked out in an evening gown, and someone else in sweatpants.

     

    Post # 50
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Anything over a carat around here would be considered quite big. anything over 2ct would be considered HUGE.

    Most people in this area have .50-1ct rings.

    Post # 51
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m from IN and went to school in Atlanta and from what I’ve seen from family/friends anything from .75 carats – 1 carat would be average and when you start getting over a carat, the diamond would be considered “large”.

    Post # 52
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    All of my friends and in my work circle it is completely normal to have a diamond around the .5 range. My friends specifically vary from .4-.6. I have only seen one diamond bigger than that and it was probably a .8 and I thought it was very big.

    If I saw anything 1 and up I would think it was massive!

    Post # 53
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    Sugar bee

    I think in this area above 1 carat would be considered big.

    In science with everyone ripping gloves on and off all day, you see some of the grad students getting bling (usually under 1 carat) but most seem to go with alternative stones or a non-traditional setting so the jewel doesn’t sit up so high.  Once people aren’t engaged anymore you don’t usually see any fancy jewelry at work, I know a couple people who have a specific ‘work wedding band’ because they’re afraid their real one will get ruined.  

    Post # 54
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    Helper bee

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    @moderndaisy:  that’s the exact same for me.  most of my friends have around 2 carat diamonds, so for me, something “large” would be 3 or 4+

    Post # 55
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I live in suburban South Carolina and most people I know have .5 to 1 carat. Mine is .75 and it is definitely a “common” size.

    Post # 56
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m another Columbus, Ohio resident.

    My FH was, until recently, a grad student.  We knew a lot of married couples, and in the academia crowd, I would say 1/2 carat and under was the norm.  My sister and her Fiance (who are both in academia as well) opted for a lab created sapphire approximately 1 carat in weight.  My bestie wanted a pearl for her engagement ring, another friend wanted a very delicate eternity band, and another married a guy of Indian descent so she wanted a sapphire.  There’s a lot of variety in the city I think, non traditional stones and styles, or no stone at all.

    I think in general, as far as what I have seen, I’d say 1-1.5 is the “large normal” here.  I used to work at Starbucks and was endlessly blown away by some of the rocks my drivethru customers were sporting, but they were more the exception than the rule.

    Among my friends who have married men outside of academia, I would say they are all in the 1-2 carat range.  Granted these friends now live all over the country – Chicago, NYC, Las Vegas – so that’s sort of outside Columbus standards.  I absolutely notice a difference when I visit larger, more affluent cities.

    Post # 57
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    NYC here too. Greater than 2 is the norm.

    Post # 58
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I live in DC and I would say 2 cts and up is considered on the large side.

    Post # 59
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Double post.  Oops

    Post # 60
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I noticed when I went to look at jewelers last week (need a prong fixed locally) that most of the rings on display were no larger than 3/4 carat. The salespeople were also very surprised when I pulled out my 2.25ctw 3 stone to have the bench look at it. I got the impression that size was a distinctly uncommon purchase (though that particular ring is moissanite and white sapphire and cost just about $1500).

    Post # 61
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I have no idea. I can’t guess a diamond’s size by sight, and don’t talk to other people about how big their diamonds are.

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