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Guess Which Month Has the Most Marriage Proposals

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It’s when 16 percent of proposals take place.

If you’re feeling romance in the cool December air, there’s good reason. This is the most popular month to get engaged. Exactly 16 percent of all marriage proposals take place during the 31 days of December, according to The Knot’s ninth annual Real Weddings Study.

What’s more, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the No. 1 and No. 2 most popular days for popping the question. These facts come from Facebook, whose 1 billion active users (yes, that’s billion with a “b”) love to report their “relationship status.” (If you were wondering, the Nos. 3 and 4 most popular days for going down on bended knee are New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day.)

Facebook has 191 million users in the U.S. and more than 2.5 million will change their status to “engaged” in an average year. Thirty percent of all “engaged” status updates will take place during November and December.

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Experts believe that the winter engagement phenomenon is attributed to two factors: the romantic nature of the season … and convenience. Suitors likely choose December to pop the question because they get swept away by the magic of the holiday season. And, certainly, there’s no better time to propose than when all the family is in town to celebrate with the newly engaged couple.

The Knot’s survey revealed that the average amount spent on an engagement ring in the U.S. was $5,871 in 2015 and the average engagement lasted 14.5 months. The most popular wedding months were October (17 percent) and September (15 percent). The Knot noted the average marrying age of those surveyed was 29 for the bride and 31 for the groom.

These ages are a bit higher than what Facebook has reported in the past. The average age of Facebook’s newly engaged couples is 24, which would put their marrying age at about 25.

Keep an eye on your Facebook page, because there’s a very good chance that somebody you know will be changing his or her relationship status from “in a relationship” to “engaged.” There’s sure to be an engagement ring selfie captioned with a romantic note colorfully tagged by a string of engagement ring, diamond and heart-shaped emojis.

Facebook continues to monitor relationship statuses by providing a growing list of options. They now include “single,” “in a relationship,” “engaged,” “married,” “in a civil union,” “in a domestic partnership,” “in an open relationship,” “it’s complicated,” “separated,” “divorced” and “widowed.”


HOWARD COHEN is the Shoreham, NY-based editor of The Jeweler Blog, a daily blog ghost-written for retail jewelers. Cohen, a long-time industry veteran, is dedicated to making social media tasks simple and affordable for every jeweler. For more information, visit thejewelerblog.com or contact Cohen at 631-821- 8867, hscohen60@gmail.com. Websites: thejewelerblog.com,thejewelerblog.wordpress.com.

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This Gem Looks Like Amethyst, Has A Color Range Like Quartz, But Isn’t Often Used In Jewelry

Yet, there’s hardly a gemologist who doesn’t own at least one specimen.

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A CLASSIC GEMOLOGY LESSON is to place me beside amethyst and see who — based on color alone — can tell us apart (it is but folly to try). While purple is my hallmark color, it is but just one in my wide spectrum. In terms of range of color, I am rivaled only by quartz. And whereas some varieties of quartz can dazzle, I glow. I am luminescent, sometimes even phosphorescent. I’m also pretty darn useful. I am used as a flux in the production of steel and aluminum, as an added mineral in water, to make camera lenses and telescopes. The one area I’m not so commonly employed is jewelry — too soft they say. Still there’s hardly a budding gemologist in the world who doesn’t own at least one specimen of me.

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Some things about holiday retail are awesome (ka-ching!) Others, not so much.

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Here’s the Answer to October’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.

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OLE! OLE! OLE! It’s to the sound clacking castanets we announce this month’s winner – Tom Nelson, owner of Nelson Jewelry in Spencer, IA, who correctly surmised that October’s mystery gem was none other than Andalusite. Well done, Tom. Please wear your Gem Quiz t-shirt with pride. And congratulations also to everyone on our Honorable Mentions list, who also submitted the correct answer.

Honorable Mentions

Andrea D. Adamksy
Harris Jeweler
Troy, OH

Stuart Adelman
Artelle Designs Fine Jewelry & Custom Design
Plymouth, MN

Sheela Agrawal
Best Bargains
Toronto, ON, Canada

Duane Aldrich
Aldrich Custom Crafts
York, PA

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers
Wayzata, MN

David Blitt
Troy Shoppe Jewellers
Calgary, Alberta, CA

John Bradshaw
John J. Bradshaw
Nashua, NH

Dan Broadbent
The Jeweler’s Bench
Provo, UT

Heather Burleson
Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers
Lexington, KY

Stephanie Cairns
Tapper’s
Clinton Township, MI

Linda Carey
Jewelers Workshop
Madison, WI

Maureen Carlucci
Stucchi Jewelers
Natick, MA

Samantha Chiafullo
Hamilton Jewelers
Princeton, NJ

Tony Conway
Aras Jewelers
Rockville, MD

Ruben Cruz
Boone & Sons Jewelers
McLean, VA

Carol Cusato
Tappers
West Bloomfield, MI

Doren Daigle
Hannon Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Tania De Luna
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Tulsa, OK

Amber Edwards
Garden of Gems Custom Jewelry
Pinole, CA

Scott Falconer
Donald Haack Diamonds
Charlotte, NC

Jennifer Farnes
Revolution Jewelry Works
Colorado Springs, CO

Kathy Favelson
Kezzo Jewelry
Forest Hills, NY

Annie Feliciano
Smythe & Cross
Fine Jewelry
Los Altos, CA

Suzie Gentleman
J. David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK

Steve Glazer
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Christina Grande
Richters Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Karen Greaton
Allure by Greaton’s Jewelers
Stillwater, MN

Dave Griffon
Griffon Jewelers
Bellville, OH

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers Inc
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell
Galloway & Moseley Sumter
Sumter, SC

John Hayes
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Selma Heikkinen
Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
Concord MA

Anne Henderson
Henderson & Co. Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

David Hezlep
Wallace-Burke
Birmingham, AL

Elizabeth Irvin
Sid Potts Inc
Shreveport, LA

Michael Jakubowski
Gem Fanatic
Port Charlotte, FL

Brittany Jaykins
Kenny G. & Co. Fine Jewelers
Reno, NV

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Autumn Knight
AZ Watch & Jewelry Service
Tucson, AZ

Nanci Knott
Nanci Knott & Co.
Mountainside, NJ

Ira Kramer
Diamond Exchange of North Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Tonya LaBor
Albert F. Rhodes Jewelers
Wilmington, NC

Cindy Lang
Ellis Jewelers, Inc.
North Little Rock, AR

Tess Lannan
On The Rocks Jewelry
Sheridan, WY

Doug Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Hanover, NH

MaryAnne LaRussa
Futer Bros Jewelers
York, PA

Pat Leggett
Charles Lynn Jewelers
Abilene, TX

Brenda Logue
Brenda G
Leakey, TX

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Nina Mahl
The Definitive Collection
Winter Park, FL

Kristina Mann
Kellers Jewellers
Lantzville, BC

Abby Mason
John Atencio
Denver, CO

Andrea Mattei
Judith Ansteth Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Cheryl Mayo
Leightons Fine Diamonds
Merced, CA

Jona McCauley
B & B Jewelers
Huntsville, AL

Clint McCoy
Tidwell Jewelers of Greenwood
Greenwood, SC

Patrick McNeill
Garwood’s
Fort Collins, CO

Elizabeth Menard
Romm Diamonds
Bridgewater, MA

Betty Methvin
Whitlock Jewelry Store
Eufaula, AL

Deric Metzger
DeMer Jewelry
Oceanside, CA

Kathryn Miller
Mill Creek Jewelers
Mill Creek WA

Robert Mitchell
Nord Jewelers
Kalamazoo, MI

Erica Nash
Park City Jewelers
Park City, UT

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Rick Otte
Lapidary Arts
Plano, TX

Phyllis Painter
Phyllis Painter Designs
Houston, TX

Elizabeth Parker
Curt Parker Jeweler
St Louis, MO

John Paul
John Paul’s Jewelers
Columbus, GA

Andrew Paetzold
Andrew Paetzold Design
Aurora, IL

Amanda Pitzer
Jacqueline’s Fine Jewelry
Morgantown, WV

Alexandra Renteria
Jensen Jewelers of Idaho
Twin Falls, ID

Amy Rhea
Foster’s Fine Jewelry
Knoxville, TN

Caitlin Richman
Michael C Fina
New York City

Cait Russell
Libutti Diamond Jewelers
Huntington, NY

Jeffrey Seymour
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Megan Sherrer-Neel
Lou’s Jewelry
Mobile, AL

Justin Smith
Donald Haack Diamonds
Charlotte, NC

Candy Smith
Weaver’s Apparel & Fine Jewelry
Brewton, AL

Tim Staton
Alaska Gold ‘N’ Gems Fine Jewelry & Design Center
Fairbanks, AK

David Stensrud
Gunderson’s
Sioux Falls, SD

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northville, MI

Diane Thielker
Romm Diamonds
Brockton, MA

Munya Avigail Upin
Alchemy 9.2.5
Belmont, MA

Doreen Vashlishan
Werkheiser Jewelers
Bethlehem, PA

Deborah Vattelana
R. Bruce Carson Jewelers
Hagerstown, MD

Michael Vesely
The Vault at Kolman & Co
Murrysville, PA

Radu Vidrascu
Stefan Otter Jewelers
Rochester, NY

Monica Walker
Hamilton Jewelers
Princeton, NJ

George Ward
Ward’s Jewelers
Bonsall, CA

Erika Weston
Krikawa Jewelry Designs
Tucson, Arizona

Rita Wright
Straith’s Jewelry
Centralia, IL

Sherry Yarnal
Yarnal Jewelers
Castro Valley, CA

Robert Young
Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire
Belleair Bluffs, FL

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