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New Data Reveals Engagement Ring Trends in Different Cities and States

Blue Nile analyzed recent sales data.

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SEATTLE — Online diamond retailer Blue Nile has published new data on how states and cities across the country stack up when it comes to engagement ring trends.

The company determined the top engagement ring settings, metal styles and diamond shapes and sizes across the U.S. by analyzing its nationwide sales data from the past 12 months.

While round-cut diamonds are most popular, don’t rule out other shapes, Blue Nile advises, noting that fancies can look larger and cost less than a round of similar carat weight.

Dallas – Although Seattle is known as the “Emerald City,” Dallas orders the most emerald-cut diamonds and wears the crown for the princess cut.

New York City – “Watch out Big Apple, New Yorkers may have a new favorite fruit,” Blue Nile says in a press release. It turns out that New York City buys the most pear-shaped diamonds. The Empire State also reigns supreme for radiant-cut diamonds.

Los Angeles – This city loves the vintage-inspired marquise cut most.

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Chicago – Oval-cut diamonds are the most popular in the Windy City, and orders have doubled nationwide in the past three years.

Blue Nile also released findings related to diamond weight.

Charleston, SC – Holy moly, the “Holy City” is rocking the biggest rock with an 8.04 carat princess cut purchased in the past year.

Honolulu – Hawaiians have a lot of heart … when it comes to diamonds that is. The island coincidentally nicknamed the “Pacific Diamond” lays claim to the largest heart-shaped diamond purchased in the past year (4 carats).

Platinum is the most popular metal nationwide given its durability and symbol of enduring love, Blue Nile notes.

Atlanta – Rose gold is on the upswing nationwide, with double the number of orders between 2016 and 2019, especially in Atlanta, leading the trend with orders.

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San Francisco – This California city may be home of the Golden Gate Bridge but is the most popular city for platinum.

Texas – Gold is bigger in Texas. Dallas orders more white gold than any other city, while Houston orders more yellow gold than any city.

The number one setting nationwide is, of course, a classic solitaire. However, if the illusion of a larger, more brilliant center stone is a priority, opt for a Halo setting, says Blue Nile.

District of Columbia – The nation’s capital capitalizes on a little extra bling; the most popular setting is the white gold Riviera Pave.

Houston – While a platinum six-prong solitaire is nationally the most popular, Houstonians are tradition twisters, with preference leaning toward white gold six-prong solitaires.

Philadelphia – Philadelphians must be inspired by their “Keystone State” moniker – the vintage-inspired Heirloom Petite Milgrain Engagement Ring is the most popular setting.

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“While the round cut is always the most popular because of how it optimizes fire and brilliance, we’ve noticed that engagement ring trends vary based on where our customers reside and it’s those trends that tell a story of their own,” said Katie Zimmerman, Blue Nile’s chief merchandising officer. “Every engagement ring created on our site is handcrafted and unique to each individual, their love story and customized to their unique style preference.”

Over the years, INSTORE has won 80 international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact INSTORE's editors at editor@instoremag.com.

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Sales Remain Strong, But Jewelers Moderate Expectations a Bit for 2019 Holiday Season

45% of jewelers in our survey say the season is in line with their projections.

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JEWELERS TEMPERED THEIR expectations for the 2019 holiday season as we entered the second week of December with about one in four store owners telling an INSTORE Mini Survey they had fallen behind target. That compared to just 14 percent who were similarly downbeat following a robust Black Friday opening.

Overall, sales were still strong though. Seven percent of jewelers said they were having a “terrific” season so far, 24 percent said it was better than expected and 45 percent said it was in line with their projections.

“Traffic is up but I was expecting higher traffic as this is our fourth Christmas and have really increased sales over the last year,” said Christopher Sarich, the owner of Noah Gabriel & Co. Jewelers in Wexford, PA.

Tickets continued to be strong with more than a third of jewelers saying their average sale was over $600, while a similar portion of store owners said their store traffic was up over last year (see charts below).

Diamond sales of all kinds — bridal, studs, design, fashion and lab-grown — continued to do well with almost half of the jewelers in our survey citing diamond jewelry as their best-selling item. Custom was also doing well.

“Custom! Everything from scratch to customized assembly,” said Jennifer Farnes, owner of Revolution Jewelry Works in Colorado Springs, CO.

Given the overall health of the economy and consumers’ appetite for jewelry, this could also be a good season to move aged inventory, suggested Jill Hornik, owner of Jae’s Jewelers in Coral Gables, FL.

“This is the perfect time for an inventory reduction sale to get rid of old stock. We put over 200 items over 5 years old into our case normally designated for a silver designer, and have made 31 times the revenue we normally would within that same case space.”

The second 2019 Holiday Season Mini survey was taken on Monday by 112 independent jewelers who are part of our Brain Squad readers group. We will send out more surveys over the course of the holiday season. Look out for the results each Tuesday.

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Emma Stone Shows Off Unusual (and Affordable) Engagement Ring — Take a Look

The piece comes from New York-based Catbird.

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Emma Stone is wearing the Winter Pearl Ring, a piece from Catbird that retails for $4,780.

Actress Emma Stone recently showed off her new engagement ring on Instagram.

It’s a piece called the Kataoka Winter Ring from Catbird, and it sells for $4,780 at retail, the New York Post’s Page Six reports.

Stone is engaged to David McCary, segment director for “Saturday Night Live.”

According to Catbird’s website, the ring comes “straight from the Tokyo workshop of master jeweler Yoshinobu Kataoka” and includes “a lustrous pearl … surrounded by Kataoka’s signature snowflake motif.”

It’s described as an 18 karat gold ring with 0.37 carats of diamonds and an 8 millimeter untreated Akoya pearl.

According to Page Six, New York-based Catbird is a favorite among big names such as Meghan Markle and Taylor Swift, as well as Stone.

Forbes rated Stone as the world’s highest paid actress in 2017, when she earned $26 million.

 

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4 Dead After Jewelry-Store Robbery Leads to Police Chase and Shootout (Video)

2 suspects were killed, along with a UPS driver and a bystander.

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A jewelry-story robbery in South Florida led to a police chase and shootout that left four people dead, The Associated Press reports.

Police responded to a silent alarm just after 4 p.m. at Regent Jewelers in Coral Gables. Officers arrived to find shots being fired, with two suspects still on site, according to AP.

The robbers took off in a truck and shortly afterward carjacked a UPS truck, authorities said. A harrowing police chase ensued, continuing for 20 miles and ending at a busy intersection in Miramar.

When police approached the UPS truck, a shootout erupted, leaving the two suspects dead, along with the UPS driver and a person described as an “innocent bystander” in a nearby vehicle, AP reports.

“We have just began to process the crime scene,” FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro was quoted saying. “As you can imagine, this is going to be a very complicated crime scene.”

A jewelry-store employee was reportedly injured, but it’s unknown whether she was shot. It’s also unknown what, if anything, was taken from the store.

Read more at The Associated Press

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