(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 # 107
    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Anything over a carat is considered large in my group of friends and family.

    Post # 108
    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I’m going to agree with my NYC bees. Here is North Jersey anything under 1 is small, 1-2 is pretty standard, and 2+ is large. However it is quite common to see them much bigger.  The woman at work has a 6ct solitare!  I happened to go to the NYC diamond district today and they didn’t sell anything under 1 ct.

    Post # 109
    970 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’m from Austin, Tx and I would say average would be .75 carat. There are girls with larger, at around 1+ carat and plenty of girls with smaller, around .5 and less.My stepmom has a 1 carat and everyone was commenting haha. I have a .5 center stone, .75 total

    When I’m in NYC (brooklyn) for art school, I notice a lot of people with really unique gemstone rings, but I live in a more artsy area

    I wonder if it has anything to do with how young people in that area tend to be when they marry…NYC brides tend to marry later in life, more financially stable=bigger ring

    most of my friends from tx marry between 18-25 so .5 carat is more the norm

    Post # 110
    18 posts

    I am in S FL and it can really vary here.  I would say .5-1ct for the center stone is average.  Anything 2+cts is BIG, but again it’s S FL and there are a wide range of people living here.  I am getting a 1ct solitare and I know that is large for my family/friends.

    Post # 111
    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    No-one I know has one larger than 0.5 carat, apart from one woman who got married really late and consquently had a 55 year old millionaire to buy her a rock!

    I also work in the arts sector, though, like @emtee, which probably has an influence on it. We don’t earn big bucks!

    Post # 112
    834 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

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    @JennyW1: That’s kind of interesting actually. 🙂

    I live twenty minutes outside of Atlanta, and I honestly don’t have any clue what the “norm” is. A dear friend of mine from PA has a “non-traditional” gemstone in lieu of a diamond. I think it’s really pretty, and unique. It definitley fits her personality.

    To tell you the truth, I don’t even know what size my own ring is….

    Post # 113
    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I’m from the Midwest and my ring’s center stone is a hair over 1.5. The reactions I got to that were sort of shocking (especially since I didn’t have any concept of stone size before getting engaged, and I also didn’t pick out my ring). Some of the comments were really kind of funny, in hindsight.

    Now that I know what’s what, I’d approximate that 0.5-0.75 is probably about the norm around here. Anything over a carat is thought to be large where I am (central Illinois).

    Post # 114
    7365 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    NYC chicks cover the spectrum, but in my corporate circle 2+ was so common place. Easily ladies in my office  flashed 3+ rocks like nothing. Amoung friends and family defintely alot less than 1c.

    Post # 115
    1089 posts
    Bumble bee

    Average size definitely depends on where you live.  The average ring size in Chicago is a bit larger than the average size in the more rural areas of IL. 

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    @Mrs.Lonestar:  I think you raise a valid point regarding smaller stone size and the age at which people get engaged/married.  In general, people in larger cities tend to marry slightly later than those from smaller towns.  It would make sense that that, along with cost of living seem to largely influence the average size of e-rings in different areas.



    Post # 116
    3063 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I live in Alaska and I’d say average would be .50-1 carat, at least from what I’ve seen.

    Post # 117
    11163 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    Well that is a two part question. For my friends/family etc a carat would be considered larger than normal and I’d say the average is probably around 0.75 carats or so. However, I live in the North Bay (wine country) where diamonds tend to be bigger. I’d say large for this area would be 2 carats and above.

    I will say that where I live my ring is larger than most but when I spent time in the LA area I’d say I was the norm from what I saw during my eating/shopping experiences.

    Post # 118
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’d say arount 1ct for the center stone is the norm.  Girls who got engaged while we were still in college probably have .25 – .5 for their center stone and for those of us who got engaged after being out of school for a while probably closer to 1ct+.  I have a 1.5 center stone with .26ct on the band and .65ct in sapphire side stones, but only because Fiance is a crazy saver! 

    Post # 119
    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2013 - Colonial Country Club, Ft. Myers, FL

    I’m also from NYC (Brooklyn, born and raised!) and anything 2 and up is considered large, especially if you’re from Staten Island (the more bling, the better) lol.

    However, now that I’ve moved down south, smaller is average .5-1 carat.

    Post # 120
    886 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’m in LA and I’ve always been really proud/amazed that Fiance and I were able to pull off a 1.33 ct ring. I think it looks fantabulous and love it… until I’m out with my Maid/Matron of Honor and her 2 ct, who is telling me about all the 2.5-3 ct rings she’s seen on her high school friends (they all come from old money).

    Then again, whenever I’m at work and people ask me how big it is, I always downplay it and say “just barely over 1 ct”. There is a stigma at my job about big rings… you come across as either being a princess who lives off of mommy and daddy or a trophy wife and people don’t take you as seriously.

    Post # 121
    474 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Well. I’m 20. And I live in small-town Idaho. Anything over 1 is considered ‘big’. Mines a half and it’s average.

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