One of the most important decisions you have to make when choosing your diamond ring is the size of the diamond. For most people, the higher the number of carats, the better! But this also comes with a price tag, as diamonds increase in price exponentially with the increase in carat weight. Interestingly, the statistics show that not everyone wants a large diamond, and the average size chosen is often very specific to the location of the consumer.
WHAT IS A GOOD SIZE DIAMOND?
The average engagement ring diamond size in the United States is between 0.8 and 1.2 carats, according to a survey done by CreditDonkey. This means that if you choose a diamond around that size, you’ll be pretty much in line with the average engaged person. At the same time, there are a lot of other factors that contribute to how big a diamond looks and feels on a person’s hand.
Bottom line is that the size of the diamond is such a personal choice. If you can meet it - great! If not, don't let the number scare you or make you think you need to spend beyond your means. It's most important that the ring is in line with your budget. Also, don't make the diamond size your absolute top priority, at the expense of beauty. Lastly, remember - the ring is a symbol of love and commitment. There are many ways to show that without spending a fortune - whether it's putting in the effort to plan an unforgettable proposal, or designing the perfect ring unique to her style. These are all more meaningful gestures than simply buying a diamond that matches the national average.
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A BUDGET FRIENDLY OPTION: Lab-Grown Diamonds
These are real diamonds, only they’re made in a lab. With the exact same appearance as mined diamonds but a much lower price, these make a great alternative...
Of course, diamonds are always going to come with a price tag, but with lab-created diamonds that price tag is much lower. Cost is very important to many newly engaged couples. So couples that are on a budget might opt for a lab-grown diamond because it is a bigger look with better quality for less money. Lab-grown diamonds are often 30-40% less expensive than natural diamonds. That is because the supply chain is much shorter and the process is renewable. Since lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds are indistinguishable, many couples feel there is just no reason to pay more money for a natural, mined stone. Check out our lab-grown diamond guide to learn more.
When hunting for the perfect diamond for your engagement or wedding rings, look no further than Devon's Diamonds & Decor. Visit our jewelry store in Boca Raton and our family of fourth-generation jewelers will help you pick the perfect stone!