Post # 17
Hard to say by area, I think it’s also social circle, etc. I live in a larger coastal city, and most of my friends /co workers have solitares that are around 1.5-2.5 I would say. I don’t really notice strangers rings unless they have something completely out of the ordinary or huge (celeb huge).
Post # 18
I think the average is .25 and under around here. I thought my .5 was huge until I saw all your gorgeous rings on here! 🙂
Post # 19
I live in the heart of the Bay Area/Silicon Valley. I live near very affluent cities like Los Gatos, Los Altos, Atherton, Saratoga, Cupertino, San Francisco, Monte Serreno etc…and sometimes I see women with just the most insane rings!!!! I would say that anything fom 1ct to 3 cts (maybe 4 at most?) is the norm around here. I have a 1.5 carat ring, my mother has a 2 or 2.5 carat ring and my grandmother proudly wears her 7 carat diamond ring. It’s a little much for me…But the ring porn is nice from time to time!
Post # 20
Eastern Ontario here… in my area, I’d have to say I have what is considered to be a LARGE Diamond (3/4 Carat range = 0.80 points)
It is also LARGE amongst my friends, many of whom were married in the 1980s (like I was the first time round) and most of those gals have diamonds on the smallish side as that was all many of us could afford back then when Gold Prices were thru the roof and due to 1970s Inflation & Recession cycles, Interest Rates on Borrowed Money was over 20%… to over 35% on Credit Cards.
People just couldn’t afford Diamonds… many of us got Engaged with smaller Diamonds (0.25 or under) or wee chips.
Even now, I’d say that the Average where I live for a “Feature Diamond” is still in the 0.50 range or less.
Post # 21
In Los Angeles, I think avg is 1.5-2 in centrestones, with range from 0.5ct to 4ct. I’m not 100% sure how many of those are truly diamonds, though.
Post # 23
Boston (just south of the city, extremely affluent area) and my guess is ~2-3 for center stones, definitely over that for total carat weight (mine is over 3 in the center and over 4 total, and that’s just the engagement ring) and that size is not out of place here at all. Where I grew up (Ohio) the average was around .25ish, .5 or larger was big.
Post # 24
Here in the midwest I would say the average carat size is one. Among my friends (with the exception of two I can think of), the average size is slightly smaller, maybe .7-.75. At work (law firm) the average size is 1.5+. Gemstones are very uncommon, but I have rubies in my band and I have one friend who has blue sapphires in her band. My Destination Wedding has a black diamond halo which is not too uncommon on the bee but in real life people have NO idea what it is, lol. It’s funny 🙂 My stone is about .67 but it’s an heirloom. Someday I will get a honkin yellow sapphire and switch them out whenever I feel like it 😉 Here are my rings and DW’s the night before the wedding:
Post # 25
This is interesting! Looking at the rings that most people post, I would have guessed that the average carat size was 1+.
Post # 26
I think it really varies where I live (Toronto, biggest Canadian city). My peers are in their mid-late 20s, which is youngish, but most of them are professionals with great paying jobs, so I’d say the norm for my circle of friends are in the neighbourhood of 1 carat, often just over 1. My brother, who’s 6 years older and an IT guy with a high salary, said a few years ago that 1 carat was the minimum among his friends (and average price of a wedding for his buddies is $40-50K). The quality of the diamond can vary though, and I suppose some of them can be moissanites…although I doubt it because most of my friends/family are Asian and very much pro-diamonds.
Post # 27
All the ladies I know want and or got big rocks.
Post # 28
- Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant
I honestly have no idea! But my friends/coworkers that I see are probably between .5-1 ct for the center stone. I have .75 ct. center and very pleased with it.
Post # 29
Thank you all so much! I think its really interesting how it varies and how it is the same in some places!
Post # 30
I am also in NYC, and I hardly ever see rings that are really big–I am an academic, and even older established professors usually have ~1.5 carats, or smaller. I have around 0.75 (not sure exactly, as it’s an heirloom!) and sometimes i feel like it looks flashy!
Sometimes I see huge honkin’ rings on the subway, but even that’s not frequent. I imagine the people with the really big rings have drivers or something. 🙂
Post # 31
Another NYCer here. I see rings of all sizes, and anyone who is involved in finance usually has a huge one. In my circle of friends, I would say we have between .25 and .75. None of us works in very high paying fields and neither do our FIs.