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

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 107
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Bumble bee

Another Toronto girl here.  What’s big depends on which circles you’re in – there are both very affluent boroughs, and very humble areas in Toronto.

Among my peers, I think 1 carat is average – some would say minimum.  I think anything from 0.75-1.25 is the norm among people I know.  1.5 is considered on the larger side, 2ct is definitely, indisputably large, and any bigger than that is huge.

Post # 108
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@legallyblonde:  same thing here in Norway! The whole proposal and engagementring thing is quite new. 

the few people I know that have got engaged lately, have recieved rings with diamonds in the .1-.25 range. Anything larger has been quite uncommon. Lately though, I have seen that we are becoming a bit “americanized” so I expect the rings to get bigger pretty soon! 

I guess that anything larger than .5 will almost be considered huge! I wear a band with two rows of small diamonds as an engagement ring, and people are almost shocked when they find out they are real diamonds.  lol! 

 

Post # 109
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Helper bee

I would say “big” starts at 2.5-3 carats. Average 1-2 carats.

Post # 110
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I agree with the other Vancouver posters. Average is definitely under 1 carat. I would say that even is the very wealthy neighbourhoods rings are not that large, say 1.5? 

Post # 111
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m in Metro Boston and most of my friends (mid-20s to late-30s) aren’t married at all, but those who are seem to have rings in the .2 to less than 1 carat range.

We used to live in the Back Bay and even then I didn’t see many huge rings unless we were directly inside of the Pru or Copley Place (where, coincidentally, a Tiffany’s is located). In day to day life and on the T, I don’t notice many huge, huge rings, it must be more a product of working in a high profile firm/agency or living in the ‘burbs where the “Keeping up with Joneses” mentality is strong.

That being said, I guess if I saw anything over 2 carats out of the corner of my eye, I’d definitely take extreme notice. And I haven’t seen any non-diamond E-Rings in person yet either, sadly! 

Post # 112
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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@franklyn:  A bunch of my family lives in Vancouver, I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled when I visit in March! I’m gonna have Ring-Watch-o-Vision! *g*

Post # 113
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Helper bee

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@priyawouldntwannabeya:  

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@gpiglet:  

 

I’m also from Vancouver…everyone I know (average salaries) have close to 1 carat. Smallest I know is .50 because it’s Tiffany and the price was too high for a larger stone.

With the cost of living in this city and the low salaries, who can afford to put money into a big rock!!! 🙁

Post # 114
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

westcoast_girl  


I agreed with you!!

It really depends on when that person get engaged too.  Friends who are in their mid 30 to 40+ wear super bling ice cube but size isn’t too big… say 0.9 to 1.5 (didn’t ask the size, that just based on my eyes judgement hehe) ?   

Girls who get married in their mid 20 or late 20, their ring size range from 0.5 to 0.80

I do notice the trend that ladies in my age group that recently get engaged choose to have a nicer ring but a very low profile wedding. 

Post # 115
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@jcent:  Are you talking about Calgary?  If so, I completely agree!

I have a 1.25 cushion cut, and depending what part of the city I am in, it either draws attention or it doesn’t.  In my cirlce of friends, most have a .25-.5 with halo or quads.

Anything over 1.75 I think would be considered quite large in 85% of the neighbourhood where I’m from.  3+ for the other 15% of the city.

Post # 116
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@southsun:  I live in LA…so i’ve seen a lot of ring that probably weigh more than the girls wearing them.  honestly i think to each their own…whatever they like. I have no idea sizes when i look at people’s rings when I look at them.  And unless they tell me…its not even something I would personally think about. LOL  The only thing that ever bothered me was after two of our friends got engaged…she chose the ring, she chose the name brand…and the morning after they got engaged she was complaining to people that it wasn’t big enough. Did I mention she CHOSE it?  To me…that is just plain ridiculous. She didn’t even have the ring for 12 full hours…I just felt really bad for our other friend.

Post # 117
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

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@rachiebabie:  Yes, I am.  🙂  There are some places I go where my 1ct center is so normal, then others where it seems big, and then others where my 2.8ct doesn’t get a second glance because everyone else has 3ct stones halo’s to the max, lol.  The city is funny like that.

Post # 118
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@Halloweenie:  I know I’ve been checking out everyone’s rings since we started shopping. I never really noticed before but now I’m obsessed! It’s so interesting all the different styles people choose. Have you picked up your ring yet? I was following your posts. I love emerald cuts.

Post # 119
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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@franklyn:  (Mini threadjack, sorry OP!) Nooooo, not yet! They’re resizing and writing up the appraisal now, and I think they’re going to call us on Friday to come try it on again/pick it up. So anxious! Why must these things take so long?! It’s funny that I called that thread “BIG, beautiful emerald cut lust” because it turns out .47 carats for a center stone is small/modest, but what can I say, it looked big to me, haha!

<3 Emerald cutz 4evr <3

Post # 120
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@Halloweenie:  Yes! Sorry about the threadjacking OP!

That is super exciting! It is very hard waiting. And hey, your ring is bigger than mine, mine is 0.34, and I love it! I tend to do a lot with my hands, and I didn’t want to have to fuss over my ring. I think this board is a bit skewed in terms of average stone size. The people who post on the ring board are more likely to value having a larger ring over a smaller option, so it can seem like everyone is rocking these gorgeous giant rings. I was surprised at the amount of smaller rings I’ve been seeing around Vancouver, I would have thought that I would be seeing mostly 1 carat + but I feel like the rings I see tend to be under 1 carat.

Post # 121
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Buzzing bee

Where I’m from (New Zealand) I would say .2 to .5 is average and anything 1 carat or larger is ‘big’.

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