Rubies, Sapphires and Emerald Engagement Rings
Love Is In The Air During Engagement Season
One third of couples get engaged from November to February. The Holiday season from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day. The average American engagement is 16 months.
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On average, couples are spending just under $5,200 on the ring. Round diamonds are the most popular cut for brides overall. Customization is even more popular with the Luxury Ring segment as more than half (59%) choose to incorporate custom design elements. White gold is still the most popular wedding band metal.
New Trend The celebs are doing it; you can also consider a colored stone for your engagement ring. Whether you choose a sparkling emerald like Halle Berry or a fabulous sapphire like Princess Kate, you’ll feel star-worthy each time you gaze at your finger.
If you’ve ever seen the movie Blood Diamond you know that there’s a much larger price to pay for diamonds than what’s listed on the tag at the jewelry store. There are plenty of stones aside from diamonds that make beautiful engagement rings. If you’re set on a diamond, make sure your stone is conflict-free by asking your jeweler about a diamond’s history. Ask to see the stone’s Kimberley Process certificate—a document that’s included with diamonds that are mined and shipped in a humane way. Two-thirds of newly mined gold comes from open-pit mining, which is harmful to the environment and produces eight to 10 times more waste rubble than underground mines. Opt for recycled gold, which is the same quality as a newly mined metal without damaging the ecosystem.
The majority of grooms are taking tradition to heart when they propose. In fact, 77% of grooms proposed on bended knee and 71% asked the bride’s parents for permission before popping the question. Over forty percent of grooms meticulously planned the proposal down to the last detail and only 10% of grooms “winged” it. San Francisco is the perfect location for a Destination Engagement which are also on the rise.
Photographs can be taken at a location of your choice. Whether it be the place where you first met, where you shared your first kiss, or a place you frequently visit that has become a favorite spot, it has sentimental value. It’s personal. It’s intimate. And it shows in the photos. The photo’s taken can be used for your wedding announcement and wedding day.
Statistics from XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; xogroupinc.com), formerly The Knot Inc.