What is the Average Diamond Engagement Ring Size and Where to Buy One Online

If you’re buying an engagement ring to propose with or seeking ring inspiration to give your partner a nudge, knowing the average diamond engagement ring size might become a helpful guideline for your search.
At Whiteflash, we understand that every couple is different; this reflects in our service, which caters to a diverse range of tastes, styles and budgets. There is no pressure to follow current engagement ring trends or spend as much as the average customer. This guide is about understanding your own requirements and budget, regardless of the averages.

The Average Size of an Engagement Ring

Most people asking this question are in fact referring to weight of the diamond, rather than actual size. In a world that continues to promote a ‘bigger is better’ message, many first-time buyers assume this philosophy applies to diamonds and carat weight.
In truth, determining an ‘average’ carat weight is extremely difficult as it varies greatly between age brackets, from country to country and even city to city. A 1.00ct diamond is often considered a ‘magic weight’ with lots of buyers looking for diamonds around the one carat mark. The average in the USA is thought to be around 1.00ct – 1.20ct, while the UK average is approximately 0.60ct. It is not an exact science and various factors will sway this average considerably.

Is Bigger Really Better?

Pressure from popular culture and a focus on carat weight has seen individuals looking for the heaviest diamond possible, regardless of quality. A lack of diamond education leaves some buyers wondering why their diamond doesn’t have the sparkle they were expecting. Cut is king in the world of diamonds and at Whiteflash, we place a huge emphasis on this when advising our customers. Cut quality determines the amount of fire, brilliance and scintillation that a diamond will give. Learn about our A CUT ABOVE® diamonds here, which are the best performing internationally recognized Super Ideal Diamonds.
Size is also greatly subjective. A 1.00ct diamond will look large on one person’s hand, and small on another. It is about finding a carat weight that is suitable for the wearer and their own taste. If you have the budget for it, a big carat weight can be truly breath taking, but if you are working to something more modest, do not be disheartened. Size truly is not everything when it comes to finding a diamond engagement ring.

Maximising Carat Weight

Verragio INS-7022 4 Prong Knife-Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
Verragio INS-7022 4 Prong Knife-Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
Although we emphasise the importance of quality, we wouldn’t be true diamond lovers if we didn’t acknowledge the powerful pull of a ‘big’ diamond. Fortunately, it is possible to buy an engagement ring with a high-quality diamond and incredible impact, without blowing your budget.
A super-ideal cut ensures every facet of the diamond is working in concert to reflect the maximum amount of light. The precision craftsmanship and spectacular light performance of our A CUT ABOVE® diamonds not only achieve optimal sparkle, but will also look much bigger than a poorly cut diamond.
The type of setting you select will also dictate how big your diamond looks. Cathedral settings hold your diamond high, halo settings create drama and presence on the hand and side stone style rings give additional visual impact and sparkle.

Maximising Budget

Ritani 1RZ1321 French-Set Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
Ritani 1RZ1321 French-Set Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
When it comes to balancing the four C’s, some buyers may be tempted to prioritise carat weight and place the majority of their budget in this area. While we respect every customer’s personal preference, we would advise against this.
If size is important to you, there are ways to maximise budget without sacrificing quality. Consider yellow or rose gold to make a lower color grade appear whiter and take advantage of our refining tools to select eye-clean diamonds outside of the FL-VVS2 brackets.
When it comes to settings, there really is no average. A classic solitaire like this elegant Vatche design, continues to be a stand-out choice for many couples, however with such an array of unique designer settings available, the modern bride or groom need not limit themselves. Also consider a “near colorless” category diamond or even K color diamonds; precision cutting can help a K color appear near-colorless from the face up position because of an abundance of light return.

Where to Buy an Engagement Ring

We have proudly highlighted our precision cut diamonds, but that is not the only factor to consider when shopping for an engagement ring. Exceptional service, assurance policies, loyalty programs, social responsibility, exquisite settings, and on-hand experts should all work together cohesively to ensure your engagement ring buying experience is as memorable as the proposal itself (or at least close to it!).
Fortunately, you are in the right place. At Whiteflash, shopping with confidence is at the core of our ethos. We have helped thousands of happy couples find the ring of their dreams, and we proudly share these testimonials and moments on our Instagram. For independent Whiteflash reviews you can visit third party review sites such as Google, Yelp and iVouch.
We appreciate that for some individuals, the thought of buying an engagement ring online is daunting. We are committed to supporting you throughout the entire process with the level of care and attention that a purchase of this nature requires. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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