Post # 1
I’m wondering what is considered “average” or “normal” for a center stone size! What size have you ladies seen the most of in your area (the east coast, the west coast, the north, the south, the midwest, Canada, etc.)? Has it differed among different age groups?
For one thing, I’m trying to decide whether to go with a 1/2ct diamond that’s in the family or a 1ct-equivalent moissanite. I love the bigger bling of the moissanite, and it doesn’t bother me that it isn’t a diamond. But I’m actually a little afraid of family members thinking a 1/2ct isn’t “good enough” for me, especially since people in my area don’t seem to wear 1ct center stones often. Plus, I’m just curious. 😉
Post # 3
It differs by age group for sure. I’m young, only 22, and my Fiance and I have noticed that other people who get engaged at our age have smaller or simpler rings than me, and my center stone is only .5 carat… people who get married in their 30’s or whatever tend to have much larger, over 1 ct stones.
I love my .5 carat stone, but we do plan to upgrade it (eventually to 1 ct) when we are older and have more money.
Post # 4
Most people where I live don’t even have diamonds, If they do they are WAY under a ct. (like .25 tops) However, I am not from here and I don’t plan on living here for the rest of my life. My Dh is from California and we decided on rings when down there. its 1.5 ct.
I have a much larger ring than most people in the area but it really hasn’t bothered anyone. Only two people have said anything / noticed.
Post # 5
I’m from Vancouver and 1CT is “large”
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We live in the Washington DC metro area, and I’d say 1.25-1.5 is average here.
Post # 7
I’m in Seattle and 1ct is pretty standard. Of course I am 30 and a LOT of my friends just got engaged, and we all have similar sized center stones. However it depends on budget etc and not everyone does. Regardless you should get what you guys can afford, and what you like, what other people think doesn’t matter.
Post # 8
East Coast and I think 1- 2 cts is average. (Hell I regularly see 3 and 4 cts)
In DH’s home town though, .5cts is average.
Post # 9
Here in the Bay Area I’d say a carat is pretty standard regardless of age.
Post # 10
I think we’d have maybe .5-.75 as the average in my area.
Post # 11
Somewhere between .5 an 1 ct, I think. But I’ve only very rarely seen anyone with anything over 1 carat, and I remember thinking how huge it was compared to the ones I normally see in person.
Post # 12
On the east coast I didn’t see much under a carat, but I was always looking at my parents friends’ rings. In the midwest I have a “very large” diamond (1ct) compared to my peers. I think most have .5-.75, but these are college students who are 20 and engaged. People in the midwest seem to get engaged much younger than on the east coast too. I had never seen a non diamond (ETA: looking, I guess they could be moissanite, white sapphire, white topaz or other colorless gemstones) centerstone on the east coast (though I’m sure they exist), but they seem very common in the midwest. I’ve seen quite a few opals in the midwest.
Post # 13
My friends are a wide range of ages (mid 20’s to mid 30’s), so I wouldn’t say age factors into the size of the center stone, but rather someone’s financial standing. As it should. I would have to say the starting size is 1ct regardless of your financial standing around here though.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I think it has a lot more to do with demographics among your circle than region. I live in a college town in north-central Florida, and for the girls on campus, those that have rich daddies and are here for their MRS degrees often have HUGE rocks, but the other college-aged peeps getting engaged are living off student aid and have tiny stones. In the town, there are two distinct demographics, those who live here not because of the university and those that live here because of the university-complex (university, hospital, sports, etc.) and again, a similar divide. So although some people say stones are bigger in the South, my part of the South is broke-ass-trailer-in-the-woods poor aside from the university area, so stones are not bigger. Among my friends (post-graduate educated, middle-class, employeed people), I’d guess the average stone is about 1.5ct.
Post # 15
In my area people go for size, not beauty. They like huge rocks, even if they’re in gaudy ugly rings lol
My friends all 1cts, myself included.
Post # 16
Central Pennsylvanians usually have .25 to .50
My ring is 1 ct and my friends and family think it’s really big.