(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 # 77
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Around here (midwest/Indiana) I think a lot of it depends on age and social status.

    Girls tend to get married younger here (I’ll be 24 at my wedding and a LOT of girls I went to HS with have been married for years and have 2 or 3 kids) so the younger girls usually have smaller rings… maybe 1/2 ct. at most. I know lots of girls whose rings didn’t cost over $500-$800.  

    Some of the women in FI’s family have 1ct I think (That’s just from looking, I would never ask) and my grandmother’s ring was 1ct, but they were all very comfortable financially when they got engaged.

    My ring is .64 carats, and a lot of girls I know (especially the younger college girls) think it’s HUGE, but I think it’s actually pretty average around here. To me, 1ct or larger is pretty big. 

    But my ring also has smaller diamonds in the band and on the wedding band. I could have gotten a cheaper setting and went for a bigger stone, but I liked the look of the diamond bands better. 

    Post # 78
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I was born & raised in KY but now live in VA. Both are about the same though, since I only live an hour from where I did in KY. Very close to the state border line. Its seriously all over the map from what I have seen from both states & from friends who live in close states such as West Virginia. 

    My moms ring is 2.31 carats.

    Some of my friends, one’s is .75-Another has a 2 carat ring. A friend that recently got married hers looked I would guess around .50 or so. Its all over the charts! lol Mine is .20 something & I picked it out over a ring that was .50-So I guess it just depends. 

    Honestly I would say .20-.50 is average for younger couples. (I live in a southern bell state & alot of women do get married young.) 

    Then.50-1.50 is Average. But I have seen some of 2 carats also. 

    Anything above 2 carats would be out of the ordinary to see, I think.

     

    Post # 79
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I don’t know how many carats my ring is.  I told my Fiance that I loved it no matter the size.  But in reality its a little under 1.5. 😛

    Average in Chicago seems to be 1-1.5 but this area tends to marry late(late 20s, early 30s) so I have seen quite a few protruding 1 inch off their finger, 2 carat monstrosities(spelling?). 

    Post # 80
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    Newbee

    I’m a small-town college kid in countryville, TX, and I’d say anything over .5 carats is large for other women my age. We do see larger 1ct and 2ct with older women, and I’ve seen some 3-4ct with the richer women around here.

    It’s a good mix. I think people in my age and economic standing’s mindset is better to have quality…no sense in buying a very included 1ct when you can get a gorgeous .5 or .3 carat and not go into debt. 🙂

    Post # 81
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Am I the only one who doesn’t know this about people? I am curious about this but can’t really tell for most people just at a glance. I can tell the difference between maybe below .5ish and above 1ish but honestly I could mistake 1.5 for 2 or 2.5 for 3, etc.

    Maybe that is just revealing about the average in my circles, that it’s somewhere in the 1 range.

    Post # 82
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Father\'s Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

    Most of the women I know have stones under .75. Quite a few have the kind of rings where several smaller stones are put together to make a larger one. I definitely have a larger ring then most of my acquaintences, and mine is only 1 carat. Once I get married I will be a band kind of gal who only wears her e-ring for special occasions. I love my ring and all, but I like to be modest with my jewelry

    Post # 83
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Big stones are a lot rarer in my social and work circles. I’d say the average is .25-.5 and most bigger rings are cluster rings (lots of small stones but no big ones). You don’t often see anything over a carat in high street jewellers.

    My ring looks pretty huge in comparison to most (not all) of my friends’ rings. I know I shouldn’t love that, but I really do. (It’s a family heirloom from my side, so it’s no reflection of a greater love or affluence, just of a generous family.)

    Post # 84
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Hmm, this is a tough question! Boston definitely spans the sizes. Where I work (in a school with special needs students) about a carat is average, although many women just wear a band. In the city, you see anything from zero to 3 carats walking around. Of my friends, we’re all around 1-1.5 carats, so I’d say that’s average (mine is 1.2 center stone). My Maid/Matron of Honor works in advertising and she said the girls have huge rings (like 2+), so it may differ based on work here as well.

     

    Post # 85
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    Blushing bee

    I am in the UK and my ring is huge to most people its about 1.7 total but the centre stone is just under 3/4 carat.

    A family friend had a solitare engagement ring just under a carat which looked beautiful but she has just inherited a 1.6 carat stone and had it reset in her engagement ring and it looks MASSIVE. I have never seen anyone wear anything that big here, but its quite old and yellow compared to alot of diamonds I have seen

    It is quite funny actually because she has chubby hands and mine are skinny so th 3/4 carat against the 1.6 carat don’t look hugely different when looking at how much space they take up on our fingers. 

    Post # 86
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Removed because I’m embarrased about it.

    Post # 87
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    Blushing bee

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    @SpecialSundae:

     

    Sounds lovely so nice to have a family ring/diamond so much history, I was under the impression that SI was at the bottom on the scale or is it the top?

    I haven’t investigated all the C’s so forgive me for being interested! 🙂 

    Post # 88
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

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    @amybee444: (The clarity grading I was going on is F, IF, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2, I1, I2, I3) Now I look at it SI’s pretty rubbish, really. 

    I’ve removed everything else because I’m embarrassed about it. 

    Post # 89
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

    I am from south florida… and I can honestly say.. they only time I notice an engagment ring is when I am in a bridal store lol. To me…2ct seems on the high side of average. Anything above 2 is BIG. I have a 2 and friends have commented on how big it is.. but to me it doesnt look massive. I feel like a 2 with a halo would look pretty big though lol

    Post # 90
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

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    @missrobots: “I honestly have no idea.  I’ve never once sat around with my girlfriend’s discussing the size of anybody’s ring.  Sure, sometimes you see a ring and you think “BAZINGA! that’s a big rock” but I wouldn’t know what the carat size is and I’d certainly never be so rude as to ask.  I really don’t understand why is such an issue for some folks.”

    This. But I think it’s safe to say anything above 2 carats would be considered big here. To me at least!

    Post # 91
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    ATM (for the next three weeks, till the big move) i live in the middle of nowhere, MI, and i’d say that most people have 0.5 or less but it’s not uncommon to see them in the 0.5-1.0 range, so only above 1.0 is really rare and so might be considered “big”…i wouldn’t know for sure though, as i’ve never asked anyone.

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