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Wedding Wednesday: Engagement and Wedding Jewelry Trends for 2011

Key Trends from The Knot & WeddingChannel.com’s Bridal Jewelry Study

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Stats via MarketWatch.com

Yesterday, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com released the results of its Engagement & Jewelry Study, which surveyed more than 10,000 U.S. brides and 1,000 U.S. grooms engaged or married in the past year. This study is the most comprehensive survey of wedding jewelry purchases, and shows some clear trends for 2011 – Raymond Lee Jewelers breaks it down.

Most Grooms Aren’t Basing Their Budget on the Economy

With the economy making a measly recovery (on a good day) one would think that engagement ring sales would have taken a big hit, but grooms aren’t skimping on the most important purchase of their lives. Only 14% of men said that they had purchased a less expensive ring due to the shaky economy. The average cost of an engagement ring is around $5200, down only $600 from 3 years ago, while the luxury engagement ring segment spends an average of $13,500.

Round Rings Rule

Rounds remain the most popular choice for engagement rings with 53% of brides opting for a round diamond. The luxury segment prefers rounds even more, with 57% of luxury engagement rings featuring round diamonds. And while princess remains the next most popular cut, cushion cut diamonds are trending for both the typical engagement segment and luxury segment.

Among the Luxury Segment, Tradition is Tops

Perhaps the reason that rounds shine brighter among the luxury segment is their classic shape. Also, luxury engagement rings feature larger center stones and might only require one large, solitaire round to make a statement. Another tradition among those who live luxe? Grooms asking the bride’s father for permission – a whopping 80% of them asked Pops before popping the question. One tradition that spans across both segments? Getting down on bended-knee: 77% of grooms opted for this.

Uniqueness is Prized

Grooms are choosing to add personal elements to pre-existing ring designs or to commission original designs. 41% of grooms, and 59% of grooms within the luxury segment, are adding to or creating new designs. Additionally, while white gold remains the most popular metal, grooms are favoring metals like tungsten and titanium in their rings.

Grooms are Sticking to Brick and Mortar Stores

Only 9% of grooms purchased their rings from online retailers, while 35% of them bought the ring at a national jewelry chain. Local and independent jewelers, like Raymond Lee Jewelers, accounted for 39% of all groom’s engagement ring purchases. And regardless of the name on the receipt, brides are gently nudging their beloveds towards “The One”, with 65% admitting to being “somewhat involved” and 31% “very involved.”

Jewelers, what kinds of trends have you noticed in engagement and wedding jewelry sales? Brides & Grooms, share with us your purchasing process in the comments below.

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s choice for pre-owned luxury engagement rings.

Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Day Jewels

Last week we gave you a primer on what was sure to be the wedding of the century summer. That’s right, Kris Humphries is now officially Kris Kardashian, and we promise to stop blogging about this wedding…someday. All jokes aside though, the new Mr. Kim and his bride pulled out all the stops to throw an all-out, glam, Austrian crystallized wedding.

Courtesy of People Magazine

But the sparkle was certainly not limited to the enormous homage to Swarovski and Jesus that hung upon the altar. All eyes, presumably shaded to protect from blinding by bling, were on the bride’s diamonds.

First up, The Ring. It’s been blogged about. It got a People spread. It has convinced this jewelry reporter to give emerald cut diamonds, like peace, a chance. And, as is the norm for any wedding (right?), It sparked envious stares and minor neck strain in Kim’s unengaged guests as It made Its way down the aisle.

Kim Kardashian Engagement Ring, Raymond lee Jewelers

That’s $2 million worth of carbon right there – deeply discounted in exchange for the global exposure designer Lorraine Schwartz is now enjoying.

And, natch, you can’t have a ridiculously huge engagement ring without a coordinating wedding band. So Schwartz crafted this stunning platinum eternity band with more emerald cut diamonds, an estimated 15 carats worth.

Understated and demure, no?

To get the proper impression of the bridal set, here they are worn together as K2 departs for their honeymoon.

No one ever accused Kim of aiming for subtlety.

As a tribute to Audrey Hepburn (not Princess Jasmine, contrary to popular belief among anyone born in the late eighties), Schwartz created this 65 carat headpiece studded with diamonds and dripping with – you guessed it- diamonds.

Love it or hate it? The look is luxe, but definitely polarizing.

Kris’s wedding gift to Kim was this knotted diamond bracelet. Get it?

Because they tied the KNOT! And both their knames start with K!

Last but not least, Kim attributed her final “something borrowed” again to Lorraine Schwartz, who is quickly surpassing Jacob the Jeweler for star street cred master. These heart-stopping drop earrings are 28 carats of pure loveliness.

Kim Kardashian Wedding Earrings

Now these we can get onboard with.

Overall, Kim’s wedding day jewels were worth an estimated $10 million. So now that we know what she wore (Diamonds. Some bigger than a teacup Chihuahua), how she wore them (Both conventionally and on her forehead), and what they cost (Enough to put a dent in the deficit) – there’s only one thing left to learn. What do you, dear readers, think of Kimmie’s jewels? Would you rock a totally unique trend on your big day, like a headpiece? Would you want a 20.5 carat ring if you had the option? Most importantly, am I crazy for thinking the earrings are actually tasteful? Maybe I stared at the rings for too long…

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for wedding jewelry and luxury watches.

Scott Rothstein Auction Preview: ‘Rapid Reporting’ Hot off the Auction Block via ‘Raymond Lee Jewelers’

‘Rapid Reporting’

Raymond Lee Jewelers has become an active participant in the Scott W. Rothstein estate auction, taking place on July 13, 2011 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Raymond Lee Jewelers Arrival: Scott Rothstein Auction Preview

And Now… A Raymond Lee Jewelers ‘Rapid Reporting‘: Scott W. Rothstein Auction PREVIEW!

Raymond Lee Jewelers President,  Jeff Josephson, had been contacted by the Sun Sentinel shortly before this initial post, on behalf of Rick Levin & Associates, whose professional brokerage firm has been handling estate auctions for over 20 years.  Josephson was contacted by the request of Mr. Levin, who wisely refrained from venturing a guess as to what the estimated value of key pieces of jewelry included in the Scott Rothstein auction block might be.

The Sun Sentinel reporter covering this intriguing ponzi scheme plot discussed with Mr. Josephson a few key pieces of this high-profile auction. Of those pieces, a woman’s fancy yellow 12-carat diamond ring, platinum diamond bracelet with 41 emerald-cut diamond and a 10 carat heart-shaped diamond pendant necklace were all given a general assessment. The fancy yellow diamond ring was estimated to be worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars, comparative to the cost of a “couple of Ferraris.”

These items, amongst a vast collection of designer watches and luxurious cigar accessories will be up for auction come July 13, 2011.

“With the Scott W. Rothstein Auction scheduled to take place at the Broward County Convention Center on July 13, 2011,                      featuring key items that sparked the interest of Raymond Lee Jewelers immediately, we will have at least one representative                    present, eager to purchase the glistening remnants of Rothstein’s estate.”  June 10, 2011

Channel 4 News: On The Scene!

Scott Rothstein Auction Preview

Raymond Lee Jewelers: 'Rapid Reporting' Scott Rothstein Auction Preview

Kim Kardashian: Bride to Be Flaunts $2 Million Engagement Ring Designed by Lorraine Schwartz, Announces Plans To Wed Kris Humphries in Alexander McQueen

Kim Kardashian: Jewelry, Love and Fashion

Kim Kardashian in Monaco with Fiance, Kris Humphries, Flashing Her New $2 Million Engagement Ring designed by Lorraine Shwartz. Kardashian’s Engagement Ring sparkles with a 16.5-carat emerald cut center stone, flanked by a pair of 2-carat trapezoids, with a total weight of 20.5 carats.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries in Monaco

While the media isn’t giving this couple too much credibility, it seems that there are some tell tale signs that we are seeing a true love story as opposed to the claims that the Sports Star was paid to marry Kim Kardashian, or that the new Bride purchased the ring herself. (Which she could have, and more power to her just for that ability!) Kardashian never flaunted Kris Humphries around like arm candy, not was she exceedingly public with their romance or obsessed with his appearance publicly.

That shows a great deal of respect for the relationship and for Kris Humphries, as this gal is no stranger to spouting off with comments about possible suitors that may have been considered… demanding or expectant. With Kris Humphries, I see a sweeter, more genuine person in Kim Kardashian. If this relationship has brought that happiness of a content existence into the young beauties life, the tabloids may be eating some crow for proclaiming this marriage didn’t ‘stand a chance.’

Kim Kardashian Engagement Ring

Kim Kardashian‘s stunning 20.5-carat engagement ring is obviously big. It’s so big, in fact, that husband-to-be Kris Humphries was able to include several inscriptions on the inside of the sparkler. “It’s engraved, with two things from the Bible,” Humphries tells PEOPLE. “There’s one verse [Proverbs 31: 10-31] about the perfect godly woman,” he explains. “The other, [1 John 3:18] is about love. It took me … a few days to pick them out and research the perfect ones.” In the middle of the two passages is a third inscription, “K [hearts] K,”standing, of course, for Kris and Kim.

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Have $38M To Spare? Pink Diamond For Sale.- Buy Sell Diamond

Buy Sell Diamond

Buy Sell Diamond

Colored diamonds have become quite popular over the years, Red Diamondyellow canary diamonds and of course the celebrity favorite pink diamonds. On November 16th one of the most magnificent examples of a pink diamond will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewels” auction in Geneva, Switzerland. What sets this apart from other pink diamonds is the fact that it is expected to sell for $27-38 million dollars! An outstanding price even for high quality colored diamonds.

The 24.78-carat fancy intense diamond is from Canada and was last on the marker 60 years ago. The diamond comes from a private collector who has kept thier identity a secret. The diamond has a emerald cut and has gently rounded corners and can be graded internally flawless after re-polishing. If sold this diamond will likely break the record as the most expensive diamond ever sold.

Other rare diamonds will be auctioned off on November 16th such as rare and beautiful blue and green diamonds. Buy Sell Diamond.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Jewelry Terminology: Princess Cut

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Princess Cut

In jewelry terminology a princess cut is a term that you may have heard quite often. The princess cut is an other name for a square modified brilliant, the second most popular cut shape for diamonds, next to a round brilliant. The term princess cut refers to a diamond with a  square or rectangular face-up shape and a profile similar to that of an inverted pyramid with four beveled sides.

A fairly new diamond cut created in the 1960s, it is a more distinctive alternative to the popular round brilliant cut. This has caused the princess cut’s popularity to sky rocket in the past decade. Both display a high degree of brilliance but the princess faceting style is very unique and completely different from that of a round brilliant. The Princess cut has a step-modified “Double-French” or “Cross” cut crown and has a unique series of chevron-shaped facets in the pavilion. These features combine to give the princess cut a distinct cross-shaped reflection when the stone is viewed directly through the table.

The princess cut diamond retains about 80% of the rough diamond, while the round brilliant retains only about 50% of the rough. Due to this a square princess cut diamond tends to be slightly cheaper than a round brilliant cut diamond of the same carat weight. The princess cut is popular amongst diamond cutters because of its ability to retain more crystal weight.

– Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Jewelry Terminology: Round Brilliant Cut

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In jewelry terminology a round brilliant diamond cut stone has multiple facets that give the stone maximum brilliance.  A round brilliant cut looks somewhat like a cone.

The first round brilliant cut was invented by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919.  Today a round brilliant Florida diamond has 58 facets cut into two pyramids base to base, 33 on the crown and 25 on the base.

The connection between the crown angle and the pavilion angle have the greatest effect on what the diamond looks like.  A steep crown can be counteracted by a shallow pavilion and vice versa.  Cut grades from GIA are excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor.  If you are closer or farther from the diamond when grading it you may get a different result.  The polish and symmetry add to the grading of the cut of a round brilliant.  The polish tells how smooth the facets are and the symmetry tells how the facets are aligned.

The round brilliant diamond has proven to be the most popular shape.  Most engagement rings include a round brilliant cut diamond.  While there are dozens of different cuts of diamonds, the round brilliant cut remains the most desirable.

by Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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