(Closed) What is the average carat size for e-ring?

posted 11 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Uh thats pretty big!! Remember it should be quality over quantity!!! Mine is around 1.3 and I will admit that when I saw it , I thought it was kind of small but I didn’t know much about diamonds back then lol. When I did a little research and found out how much Fiance spent on the diamond alone I was shocked! Just because a diamond is huge doesn’t mean it’s expensive. Fiance could have bought a way bigger ring than mine but the quality would have been significantly less! People are going to make comments regardless of the size. The important thing is that you love it and that is right for you!

Post # 4
1139 posts
Bumble bee

I see this thread blowing up in to quite a debate!! I really have no idea what the national average is.  The “norm” is much different based on where you go in the country.  Honestly though, I don’t think it matters.  You have a beautiful ring that you love and that your fiance loves.. and that’s what is important.  Any one making a comment like that on the size of your ring needs to shut their face in my opinion : )  My engagement ring is over 4 carats.. and I have friends who are well under a carat.  But not matter the size we all love our rings and we all love our men.

Post # 5
3441 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with JennyChicago. You can get a much larger diamond but the quality would be a lot worse. I’m not sure what the average is but to me 1.3 is a great size and your ring is beautiful.

I do have a larger diamond 2.2, but I am older than you and have a Fiance who started working straight out of high school and has an established business. Most people around me seem to have anywhere from a .75 to a 1.5

Post # 6
9 posts

To me .75 is pretty big. I have a lot of engaged friends as well, and the biggest any of us has is .5 in the center stone. Mine center is .3, but has so much detailing (like yours, sort of) that the actual carat weight is .65 or something similar. 

Anyway, I’ve never thought mine was small. I think your ring is stunning, and I wouldn’t be bothered by anyone telling you its somehow not “standard”.


side note: I’m 23 myself, and I don’t know many people my age that can afford 1+ carats. props if you can, but in my experience, most of us are right out of college and on a tiiiiight budget. So I find it a little weird that your peers are the ones telling you its small. *shrug*

Post # 7
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree, my fi spent as much on my 1.75 then my friends fi spent on her 3.2.. 


I say, if you LOVE your fi and your ring.. then who cares what size it is.. 🙂  It’s all about YOU not what others think and have!!!

Post # 8
1958 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Yeah, I have no idea about the average size of a ring.  I have a .5 carat that is dang near flawless, while my bff has a 1.5 carat that is lesser quality and you can see coloring in the diamond…so…like the others have said, quality over quanity seems to be the way to go.

Post # 9
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My center stone is just under 3/4 my TCW is 7/8. Most people who have seen it think its WAY bigger then it is. It has extra fasets (sp?) so its VERY sparkly

Post # 10
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I feel that it should be more about how it fits your fingers than the size of the stone. This is huge on you. People who look at your ring –  or any ring for that matter – and say it’s too small are a$$e$. Sorry it that seems harsh, but come on; who cares about the size of a stone, the engaged couple is happy with their ring!?

Very nice ring, by the way.

Post # 11
5259 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

There isn’t an “average” size.  In the 1970s, companies like DeBeers set out to make a 1 carat diamond ring a standard- but this all depends on what you beleive in and what matters to you.  A “discovery” of diamonds allowed the cost of a near- flawless to jump from $75,000 a carat to $15,000.  Just saying-

Post # 12
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

People are so crazy when it comes to wedding stuff and say things that our totally inconsiderate.  It blows my mind that someone would say that your ring is small, I mean I can believe that people have said it to you because they’ve said stuff like that to me too.

The only thing that matters is that you love your ring no matter what size.  My ring isn’t even a diamond and I love love love it.  I hate when things become predicated on how expensive they are.  It makes me want to vom. 

Post # 13
1098 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Here’s a link to an article written in 2008 that sounds about right to me (but what do I know?) 

My center diamond is 1.3 carats and I am constantly being told how huge it is…but then I’m in a small town in the Midwest.  My e-ring from my first marriage (at 22) was 1/3 carat and that seemed to be pretty average among my friends at the time.



Post # 14
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It’s all about you and what you like and what your Fiance can afford, don’t get caught up in what other people think, you will never be happy!!

Post # 15
8375 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Um, i’ll be the first to tell you that your friends are tacky for even bringing that up to you. Where are their manners?!

Something like less than 10% of women have a 1 carat+ ring set.

Post # 16
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t really think there is an average.  It whatever you like and can afford!  I think its very  rude of anyone to tell you that your ring is small!  Who cares how big your ring is just as long as its special to you!

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