What is the average center stone size for engagement rings in your area?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What is the average center stone size for engagement rings in your area?
    Under .25 Ct : (16 votes)
    3 %
    .25 Ct : (28 votes)
    5 %
    .5 Ct : (123 votes)
    20 %
    .75 Ct : (121 votes)
    20 %
    1 Ct : (187 votes)
    31 %
    1.25 Ct : (44 votes)
    7 %
    1.5 Ct : (47 votes)
    8 %
    1.75 Ct : (11 votes)
    2 %
    Over 1.75 Ct : (32 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
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    1844 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
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    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m from Vancouver and 1CT is “large”

    Post # 6
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    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • 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
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    5662 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
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    3375 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    Hostess
    11167 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    Here in the Bay Area I’d say a carat is pretty standard regardless of age.

    Post # 10
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    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think we’d have maybe .5-.75 as the average in my area.

    Post # 11
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    1767 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
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    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
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    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    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
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    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • 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
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    1572 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    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
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    10714 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Central Pennsylvanians usually have .25 to .50

    My ring is 1 ct and my friends and family think it’s really big.

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