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

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Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It definitely depends on area and age. We went with a 1 carat Moissanite (a wonderful bargain.) As concerned as I was about different sizes (we ordered online, so I had no idea if I was making the right choice), I think the most beautiful rings are ones set elegently and cut excellently– at any size. I couldn’t stop staring at my fi’s sister’s wedding set- I’m guessing her princess cut three stone ring is around .3 carats and it is so gorgeous. It looked perfect on her hand and is super sparkly. Confession- I even tried it on! I had ring envy for a smaller stone. A lot of factors determine a ring’s beauty and size is only one of them.

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Oh, and I forgot to add that I live in the midwest and people who see my one carat Moissanite think it’s a diamond always seem to stare. It might be because I’m 23 and often get told I look 19. So definitely 1 carat is substantial in the midwest.

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I live in the midwest, and my one carat is considered a decent size.

Post # 35
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Helper bee

I live in Mt and i have a 1.01 and thats plenty big for me, i love my ring and wouldn’ want anything different.

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

YOURS IS GORGEOUS!!! 

I think “average” is a funny question and depends on age and geography.  I’m 28 in Manhattan and mine’s a 2.7ct solitaire – which is either very big or much smaller than people around me depending where I am.  I’ve never thought the comparison mattered though – the size of my ring on my finger looks the same as your ring on your finger – yours looks absolutely STUNNING!!!  very very sparkly and gorgeous.

 

 

Post # 37
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it’s needed to say here that just because a stone is larger, doesn’t mean it is a lesser quality stone.  Just had to get that out here.

Btw, I think there is no such thing as average rings or average proposals.  Nobody who has the gift of love and knowing they will spend their lives with that person is in any way average!  Thus, their rings aren’t average too ๐Ÿ™‚  That’s extraordinary!

Mine’s a 3 stone with center 2.5 and sides 1.5 each.  It’s kinda big, but it’s lovely and I absolutely love it because of the love GIVEN with the ring. 

It’s not the size of the stone, its the size of the heart giving the ring that matters!

Post # 38
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it’s needed to say here that just because a stone is larger, doesn’t mean it is a lesser quality stone.  Just had to get that out here.

Btw, I think there is no such thing as average rings or average proposals.  Nobody who has the gift of love and knowing they will spend their lives with that person is in any way average!  Thus, their rings aren’t average too ๐Ÿ™‚  That’s extraordinary!

Mine’s a 3 stone with center 2.5 and sides 1.5 each.  It’s kinda big, but it’s lovely and I absolutely love it because of the love GIVEN with the ring. 

It’s not the size of the stone, its the size of the heart giving the ring that matters!

Post # 39
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My parents think my ring is too small but have not said it in so many words. My father said it was “cute” and my mom told me it was too small on my hand without the wedding band. I figure if they want me to have a bigger diamond they can buy me one for my right hand! As for my mom, I think it is cool that it will look even nicer once I am married!

I love that my ring has a dainty quality to it and I think that it is well sized ot my hand. By The Way my center stone is .5 carat. My friends do not care about those sorts of things. We are older and most  of  us have a pretty indie aesthetic.  I am not sure if people even notice my ring. I love it. Pics below show the ring solo and then the ring with the matching band:

 

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ditto @ Bellenga. I’ve said it before but it’s odd to me how there’s this idea that it’s all about “quality over quantity” when it’s perfectly possible to have both, but aside from that, how you spend your diamond budget is all about what you prefer. I don’t find it important to have an extremely high grade of clarity, because generally, down to at least an SI1, a stone is eye-clean and whatever inclusions are within it you will never be able to see without a loupe. I also would not prefer a “colorless” graded stone (D-F) because a G or H, when ideally-cut, will generally look just as colorless. And for an antique style stone, I actually would prefer an even lower color like J-L to give it “warmth.” I would not sacrifice cut quality however, as it’s the most important factor in quality. So I guess what I’m trying to say is that in my eyes, a sizeable SI2, J color, ideal-cut stone would be more desirable to me than a much smaller D IF. And I would not at all consider it to be of low quality. It’s just about what you prefer.

As for the “average” size issue, I personally don’t know anyone with anything much over 1ct for their center stone. My first friend to get engaged got a .55 center three-stone, and I thought that was huge at the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

.75 is not small I have a .92 and everyone says it looks really big. I could have got bigger at less quality but I think u can really tell the difference btw a good quality diamond and a poor quality one. I inherited my mothers which has more carots but when I got it insured was worth more than half less hers is insured at $3500 and mine cost $8000 . When i put hers next to mine it looks dull and yellow.

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The only comment I have in addition to everything else that everyone posted is that some people actually choose a smaller ring for a variety of reasons (not necessarily financial).  

I specifically wanted a ring smaller than 1/2 carat because of my job (I work in the healthcare field).  In addition, I work in a very underprivileged area and I would feel awkward with a larger ring when helping patients in that setting.  Finally, I like the symbolism of the engagement ring/ wedding band but I don’t really like the idea of wearing thousands of dollars on my finger.  I would rather put that money towards something else (vacation, etc).  No one has ever said to me that my ring is small, even though compared to a lot of girls I go to school with (medical and pharmacy students), it really is.  It looks proportional on my finger though.  It’s just a personal preference.

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If I had to guess, I’d say maybe the average is 1 Carat or so.

Mine is a small one – just .36 – but that’s what I wanted.  I have small fingers and wear a size 4 ring, and a 1 Carat would have looked huge on me.  Anyway I had a bad experience with one lady at a bridal salon while she was helping me try on dresses.  She asked to see the ring and then started making some excuse that “it’s ok that your ring is small.”  I wanted to slap her!  First of all, I don’t think my ring is too small at all, it’s exactly what I wanted, and second, who is she to make that comment?  She’s a random stranger!  Needless to say, I didn’t end up ordering my gown from that salon.

A lot of people put too much emphasis on the weight of the diamond, which I think is wrong.  I can think of so many things I’d rather spend $10,000 on than a big rock, like a down payment on a house!  But everyone’s priorities are different.  I think your ring is beautiful, and the total weight is very respectable.  So who cares what other people think?

Post # 44
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Actually, you can google this. The median carat size for an engagement diamond in the US is .38. (In the early 60’s, it was .25)

There are huge regional variations, however. Some large cities on the coasts are more like 1.5; much of the south is .2-.4.

In my hometown, no matter how much money you have, if you have something that looks like it’s over a carat, you’d be considered “showing off,” and NOBODY upgrades. Ever. You can get another ring to add to it, but replacing your engagement diamond would be considered being snobby and materialistic. That’s small town midwest for you.

 

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would say in my area, the average size is 1 ct, maybe a little larger. My center stone is .70 ct, and it’s perfect for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 46
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

As others have said, it’s super tacky that your friends said that! My center stone is approximately .75 carat weight, and I told my husband not to get a larger stone because I didn’t think I’d like the look of that in the setting. I’m firmly in the quality over quantity camp. My ring is super high quality, and the center stone and side stones always look super sparkly, even when I haven’t cleaned my ring in months. I’m constantly getting comments on it. I’m glad my husband spent the money on a quality ring versus a larger center stone that wasn’t as high quality.

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