(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 # 122
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    NJ here…I’d say anything over 2 carats and up is considered large

    Post # 123
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My ring around here is apparently a mid wow to low wow ring. 🙂

    Post # 124
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    In my city as a general rule anything over two carats is considered big (we’re in a large metropolitan area in the prairie provinces). In my profession it varies because I work with lawyers (holy big rings Batman!) and staff members (we average out at about a half carat).

    In my family I have a pretty small ring as everyone has one carat plus. In FI’s I’m about average. Amongst my friends it’s apparently huge at .5 tcw. I always find it interesting to see how subjective ring size is based on the audience.

    Post # 125
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Where I am from (WV) and where I live now (SC) 1+ carats would be considered large. I have a 1 carat center stone and total weight is just under 1.5 and I get a lot of comments on how big it is in both places.

    Post # 126
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    Worker bee

    Great post!

    I know that when SO proposes, it’s going to be a topic of conversation with his family. They will probably all go on about about it being big and probably expensive. They live in NYC but way out in the outer boroughs so they dont see that many big rings or any rings for that matter.

    I work in Manhattan, so here 1.5 to 2.00 is quite the norm inthe office. Anything below 1ct is probably considered “cute”. lol

    Personally, 1 ct to 1.5 is a nice average size to wear comfortably daily. Anything bigger would depend on the size of the finger and just personal preference and economic situation of the guy buying the ring. If he’s a financier who makes great money here in NYC, 2 carats will probably be the minimum.

     

    Post # 127
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I think it has just as much to do with age as location and profession.  My mom’s generation, in Toronto, a .5 diamond would be pretty huge.  All my mom’s friends have yellow gold, and smaller centre stones (0.2-0.4).  I also noticed their bands are often much thicker than more current trends.  They all look beautiful.

    These days, white gold/platinum (or silver, SS, whatever!) seems to be the “in” thing and the stones are getting larger.  Most of my friends have just under or just over 0.5ct, and no one I know at our age has yellow gold.  Our bands are, on average, thinner than our parents.

    To me, a 1ct stone is very large.  I tried a few on, and felt like a kid trying on a ring pop! 🙂

    Post # 128
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’d say that about .5 is the standard around here…. I have a 1ct. solitare and that’s the largest in our circle of friends and family… it get’s a lot of attention!

    Post # 129
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    Busy bee

    My mom’s engagement ring is half a carat. My grandma’s 40th anniversary ring from my grandpa is 1 carat. Half a carat is average and 1+ carats is big!

    Post # 130
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My friends and I all have rings around the 1.5-1.8 range so I voted “large” as over 2 carats, but where I live in Phoenix, I see over 2 carats often.

    Post # 131
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I love in LA and my Fiance comments to me that my ring is the smallest he’s seen around (.4ct, I chose it).  Meh, whatever.  I love my “small” ring!

    Post # 132
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I live in Orange County which is considered rich (even though I’m not) and I believe I have seen the majority of people wearing over 1 ct. In Los Angeles, I have seen some massive rocks, but I also believe that the average is 1-1.5ct.

     

    So, I would consider anything over 2ct big.

     

    Initially, i wanted a 2ct ring, but after learning about quality and pricing, I was extremely happy with my 1.5. I believe that a 2ct + could be considered as a 10 year anniversary or something. For being engaged and starting a life together, I think that my 1.5 is more than plenty.

    Post # 133
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I live in South Jersey, and I’d say 1ct is about the average.  I think it’s pretty common to “upgrade” here- so older women tend to have larger diamonds than younger women.  I see older women regularly with what look to be about 2-3 ct stones, whereas I’d say 1ct is average for a mid-to-late 20’s age.

    Post # 134
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’m from FL and a large ring would be maybe above 1? But I don’t really care to be honest. In chicago, where I’m at now(boo), it’s like super important to these people up here lol. It’s a world of the difference in just 1,200 miles!

    Post # 135
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Im from Vancouver Canada, and from my personal experience there really is no medium. It seems like everyone who got married young has smaller diamonds .5 or less and older women are sporting over 3 carats. My mom is 45 and wears a 8 carat centre diamond with 3carats on the band. She makes me feel tiny with my 2.2 carat centre diamond and 3 carat total. Again this is just my opinion.

    Post # 136
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I would say .75 – 1 carat is average in toronto. Anything over 2.0 i would consider large! I agree it depends on where you are. I was in bahamas recently and alot of the women had 2 carats and my 1 carat seemed small. While at home mine is quite sizable in comparison!! ; )

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