Oh my, a 7.5ct pear would be so utterly delicious! The finger coverage!! And I like how you say “tiny” for your 3.66 emerald cut. Only on PS (not even the purview of this thread) could someone make a statement like that
and in our professional and social circles replete with high earners with tons of seven-figure homes and six-figure autos and other spendy indulgences, I have never seen any of the following in the wild: 1) tennis bracelet of any size; 2) diamond solitaire > 2 cts (guessing); 3) diamond studs > (maybe) 1.5 cts each; or 4) colored-stone ring that the typical PSer would covet.
I remember a woman who came in to the ER incredibly sick and her ring was gorgeous. Looked like a 5 ct-ish OEC. I remember telling her family that they should take it off her hand for safekeeping (she was unconscious) and I gave them a lidded container to put it in.
In the mid 1990's I lived in Zurich, Switzerland, and some of the stores along the Bahnhofstrasse were incredible. I remember trying on a fancy yellow emerald cut tennis bracelet that was over one million US dollars! (This would have been 1996 or 97.) I was just a poor 20-something who was browsing and made a comment that it looked pretty in the case. The store owner didn't bat an eye and suggested I try it on. I didn't know how much it cost until after it was on my wrist! Would love to know how much that piece would cost in today's market! I don't remember much about it other than it was vintage, the diamonds were a lovely bright lemon yellow, and each diamond looked to be well over two carats. I didn't know enough about diamonds at the time to ask any of the stats. That was definitely the most amazing jewelry piece I've ever seen in person outside of a museum.
A few years ago I was at a party with a recently engaged acquaintance who happily showed off her new ring. It was HUGE to the point that I thought “that can’t be real” but it’s none of my business and bride was over the moon, so I said nothing. Before the end of the evening bride noticed that several of the pave stones had fallen out since her arrival...cue frantic search on hands and knees by all the guests in the carpeting, to no avail. She started crying and called her fiancé in a mad panic and HE started sobbing hysterically; then she called her mother who told her to dump the guy who bought her a fake ring, which only made her more panicked, and I’m not sure what the result was other than we never found any of the melee in the carpet.
I do like Oprah’ s diamond stud earrings with pear drops. I bet those are each 5 carat Studs with 7 + carat pear drops ? Anyone know the stats?
For rings, I would say a stone between 3-3.5 carats, worn by a woman sitting at an adjacent table at a coffee shop. The 2 carat I can remember, from my grandmother's wedding ring "upgrade" she purchased in the 1960s, is an approximate reference. I also saw a 7 carat OEC in the Lang Antiques store window years ago but never touched it.
Okay, in my town (and extended family), I know of no one who has upgraded their engagement ring, even those who are quite wealthy. So most have a 1 ct diamond max from when they got engaged in their early 20's. I have a friend who is a widow who married a widower recently and I'd say her ring is 1.5-2 cts. I haven't asked. Another friend has a 2+ ct EC. Once I was at a friend's house and one of her neighbors had on a solitaire that I'd guess was about 5 cts. I'd say in the Southeast, there generally are not a lot of large diamonds. And it is interesting to hear so many people say they don't see diamond tennis bracelets worn by others, because now that I think about it, I don't either!!! No one would recognize my VCA, either, and that's fine by me. I wear it because I love it and think it's beautiful, and really would prefer for others not to know the cost.
@m-2-b has the largest diamond rings and studs of any of my jewelry friends that I see in person, although @brightice has had a 7 ct OMC, but I have not had the chance to see that one!
Pictured below are @m-2-b's 5 ct AVC in SK halo, I think a 4.5 ct solitaire that has since been upgraded, her studs that were about the same size as my 2.3 ct e-ring which is on my middle finger! So, so gorgeous!!!
Larger diamonds are not the norm here. I live in a beach town in Australia, about an hour outside of a capital city.
I’ve never seen anyone wear a tennis bracelet. Diamond studs are probably no more that 0.5ct absolutely max. Engagement rings well under a carat.
Here in Australia, we don't tend to see huge diamonds. I live along the coast about an hour south of Melbourne, and it seems that most of the wealth here goes into cars, beach homes and private schools. I'm the only person I know with a diamond tennis bracelet.
I was in Melbourne CBD last week, and visited a jeweller (well, many jewellers), and saw a lady at the counter making a purchase. Her e-ring was a RB solitaire that must have been about 5 carats in a classic 6-prong setting (yes I scooched in that close ), it was just beautiful. She was very casually dressed in jeans and t-shirt, but wore it beautifully. That's easily the biggest diamond I've ever seen on someone in real life.
I am in LA and all I ever see is high end fashion jewelry?
A lot of people where large bling here in Houston, from engagement rings to tennis bracelets to very large diamond hoop earrings.
I remember seeing a lady sitting in front of me at an Astros game with a humungous diamond tennis bracelet. I think it may have been new because she kept stealthily steeling looks at it. So did I!
A few years ago I had a client who would come in wearing lululemons or Stella McCartney gym wear with a patek Philippe gold watch, white gold Cartier love bracelet, what looked to be a 2-3 carat diamond tennis bracelet, massive diamond hoops (I’d hazard a guess at 5 carats) a MRB diamond pendant about 2-3 carats and the most amazing asscher diamond solitaire diamond ring that looked to be 8-10 carats. Now we all know asschers are cut deep and it covered the whole top of her finger!! It took every ounce of professionalism to not gawp at her like an imbecile. Please note I live in the uk where you don’t often see people where this much jewellery at once.
Somehow I would’ve expected a lot of big bling in LA given all the celebs that live there! I believe that is where Bling Empire is set.
oh I loooove diamond hoop earrings! Also if I’d been at that game I probably would’ve also been stealthily stealing looks at that lady’s bracelet I catch myself admiring my jewelry often when I’m wearing it!
Whoa nelly! That sounds even more impressive given that it’s the UK! I would’ve flipped for the diamond hoops, the Patek watch, and of course, the ASSCHER! Can’t imagine how big it would’ve had to be to cover the top of her finger!!
I have a friend (local to me) that wears a lot of bling. I do fear she is going to be robbed at gunpoint, it's that much! The list below is her normal daily bling...sometimes it's more than this.
ER - 8ct pear, set very high with pave band.
Left-hand pinky, vintage cluster, large!
Watch - Rolex or Concord with diamond bezel Or the Chanel J watch
3 tennis bracelets, stacked on right arm. Maybe a 4ct, at 7ct and a 12ct
Right-hand ring and a pinky - always large and blingy
Studs - 3ct each or large diamond hoops
Diamond Rivera (tennis) necklace. Graduated in size, have no idea the ct weight but it is very noticeable. And often another pave custom necklace.
It is a lot of jewelry and it gets much attention. I know she loves her jewelry and I don't blame her but I would be scared wearing this much $$$ !
Lady Gaga Wore 20 carat studs during super bowl 10 carats each each
I was at a Body Pump class at 24 Hour Fitness, almost 10 years ago. And this woman was wearing a whole VCA set. Magic Pave pendant, and sweet pave Alhambra earrings, and a three stone oval ring with a center that was close to 3 carats, and a five stone ring. I think that's where my love of sweet pave Alhambra studs started.