(Closed) Where you're from what's a 'big' stone?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 136
389 posts
Helper bee


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1) So what county(and/or region in said country) are you from/live in?

Major northeast city, USA

2) What is considered a ‘huge/large/big’ gemstone by people around you?

I think 1.5-2 carats is average in the area so maybe 2.5 would be considered big and 3 and up would be huge…

3) Do you agree with most around you that the stated size is a big stone?

Yes, I think 2.5 and up is pretty big.


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Post # 137
1731 posts
Bumble bee

I’m in Atlanta, Georgia and I think a carat is average. 2+ carats is considered pretty big! My FMIL’a ring is HUGE! It’s at least 3 carats and is freakin flawless!!

Post # 138
5934 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m in Minnesota and to be honest I never ever paid attention to wedding/engagement rings til I started looking for my own. So since then I’d have to say they’re probably under a carat on average.

Post # 139
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

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Audrey2:  I’m from the same area and I agree. most people I know have something around a third of a carat. My mum had a saphire cluster for her first ering and a saphire three stone for her second, but the diamonds in it are tiny in illusion settings. 


my best friend has somethins between .25 and .33 I would guess

Half a carat and up is starting to get big around here! 1ct is massive!

Post # 140
6806 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I’m originally from S. Texas and now live (for the past 11 years or so) in a larger metro area in the Northeast United States.

S. Texas: Back when my husband and I were getting engaged, a 1 carat diamond would have been HUGE for the city we were from. And it would have been huge for the even smaller town where I grew up. My original engagement ring had about a .5 to ~.52 or .55 (don’t remember the actual size) center stone with additional side stones, and I remember so many people commenting on how it was such a big ring. Even though I do not have small fingers at all. Of course, this was a looooong time ago, so I don’t know if a 1 carat center stone would still be considered huge in that area of the country. But it was back then.

Where I live now: I have no idea, but my guess is that 1.5 to 2 carats is probably considered “average” around  here. I don’t see tons of women wearing obvious bling, but I know this is an affluent area. Today, I was in the jewelry store getting my setting checked, and I overheard (not difficult b/c they were not talking quietly) a man purchase two diamonds … 5 or 6 carats each … for about $100K. I was shocked. I can’t even fathom that, and it made me realize I’m a very small fish in a very big pond. And I’m totally OK with that!! Ha, ha!  I remember leaving the store with my ring, looking down at her, and thinking, “You may be on the small side for around here, but you’re all mine, my lovely!”

For me, personally, I’m still that S. Texas gal at heart, I guess. I think a 1 carat center stone is big. And anything over 1 carat, in my mind, feels HUGE! (Not meaning huge in a negative way. I have nothing against big, gorgeous, sparkly rocks. *woot!*)

Post # 141
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

1) NYC

2) I’d say the average here is probably 1.5 – 2 ct for center stone. I’ve noticed that you don’t tend to see many halos here either.

3) Mine is 1.7ct so some people have commented on the size but it’s definitely not as large as others. I think “BIG” would be 3ct+

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Post # 142
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018


jcent:  lol West 85th is where we have been househunting.


Post # 143
3051 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

okay so apparently we can’t copy/paste into the comment box. YET ANOTHER THING WRONG WITH THE NEW BEE. Not that anyone seems to care.


1) I’m from Florida<br />2) I think like .75-1 carat is considered big. My mom said “a carat is huge!” so yea<br />3) I disagree. I’m not living in podunk USA anymore, 1 carat is nice but I wouldn’t consider it big. 2 carats+ to me is big

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