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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.

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Wedding Wednesday: Colored Bridal Jewelry

If we can use one, and only one word to describe this season’s must-wear wedding jewels, it’s this: Color, with a capital C.

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Brides-to-be across the globe are going gaga for precious stones in every hue of the rainbow. From Brides to The Knot, the powers-that-be in the wedding world have shouted their support for this colorfully gorgeous trend. Raymond Lee Jewelers is South Florida’s first and most trusted source for luxury pre-owned precious gems, and we’ve found a stone for every bride in love with both their groom and Roy G. Biv.

Rubies

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18K Yellow and White Gold, Ruby and Diamond Necklace

Rubies are incredibly rare precious gems prized beyond diamonds in some cultures. The most desirable rubies are called “pigeon blood” rubies which, admittedly, is pretty gross, but the color of these stones is incomparable. Brides who wear rubies down the aisle are passionate, fiery and luxe. “The ruby definitely is something to smile about for its exquisite beauty when set as jewelry, and because the ruby also stands for peace and contentment.” – admirable attributes of any marriage.

Topaz

Orange Topaz and Diamond Pendant on Amazon.com

Topaz are the birthstone of the month of November and are famed for their amber hues, but they range in color from pink, yellow blue, peach, gold and even green. Like diamonds, topaz are graded by the 4 C’s, and are impossible to identify with the naked eye when compared to look-alike Citrine. Orange topaz represent constancy, loyalty, faithfulness and strength, making them an excellent choice for wedding-day jewels.

Yellow Diamonds

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Tiffany Yellow Diamonds

 Once thought to be inferior to just plain ol’ regular diamonds, the yellow diamond (or Fancy colored diamond) has quickly leveled the playing field with its crystal clear cousin. Celebs, perhaps most noticeably Mr. Gucci Mayne, have popularized fancy and intense colored yellow diamonds, leaving brides-to-be clamoring for this stunning, sunny rock. Tiffany & Co., in honor of their famous Tiffany Yellow Diamond jumped on this timeless yet trendy bandwagon with a slew of lovely yellow diamond jewelry.

Emeralds

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Vintage emerald, rose gold and diamond bracelet.

With gorgeous deep green all over the runways this season, no stone is more Fall-ready than emerald. These gorgeous stones dazzle in pure green and shine with uniqueness. Emerald green is “…the colour of beauty and of constant love. In ancient Rome, green was the colour of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love….
The magnificent green of the emerald is a colour which conveys harmony, love of Nature and elemental joie de vivre.”

Sapphires

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Diana sapphire, diamond 14 kt white gold earrings

For fast approaching September nuptials, why not wear next month’s designated birthstone? Sapphires come in a variety of colors naturally, including pink, but are famed for their gorgeous blue tones. It is believed by some that sapphires “promote joy, faith, hope and protection during long journeys.

Amethyst

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Cartier 18kt White Gold and Amethyst ring

Gorgeous amethyst stones range from lavender to royal purple in color; it is the stone associated with nobles from Catherine the Great to the ancient Egyptians. Its name is derived from the Greek word for “not drunk”; even if your jewels can’t steer your hubby’s fraternity brother groomsman away from the bar, rest assured that your guests will only be focused on your stunning purple gems. Amethyst, according to Leonardo Da Vinci, “holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one’s intelligence.”

Brides-to-be, are you planning on donning colorful jewels for the big day? Did your fiance gift you with a colorful engagement ring? Discuss in the comments below!

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s first choice for vintage and luxury pre-owned bridal jewelry.

Rapid Reporting: Gold Bullion made a bad batch! Jamie Campany

Gold Bullion made a bad batch!

In a world of economic turmoil, downgraded status, and the U.S. dollar sinking faster than the Titanic, many of us are scrambling to find a secure, safe and reliable means of investing our monies.  Precious metals, such as gold bullion gives us that security we are all craving.  However, here is a “BUYER BEWARE” scam that is sweeping the nation.  There are “brokers” running around and targeting our senior citizens to quickly invest their savings into these precious metals, but only taking the money, not bringing back the metals they “invested”.  As with anytime you are looking to invest, due diligence is required to fully investigate any and all companies!

Gold - Bullion Bars

In Florida, these precious metal exchange stores were going up faster than Starbucks, Walgreens and medicial dispensaries combined!  Most recently, Gold Bullion Exchange founder, Jamie Campany, plead guilty to fraud.

 He was one of many who took client’s money with no intent to purchase the precious metals he promised.  Ok, that’s the bad news.  Good news, is now this under regulated commodity is now over-sought by US Commodity Futures Commission.  If the trade of monies to bullion isn’t finalized (metal being delivered to the original buyer) within 28 days, that is a violation of the new law and the federal government prosecute.Lee Josephson, of Raymond Lee Jewlers suggests, “It is always a good time to buy precious metals. As the currency continues to get weaker precious metals continue to rise.” Raymond Lee Jewelers buys Bullion and Gold.

Cartier Panther Collier with Emerald Eyes and a Black Onyx Nose: Feature Friday, Here We Go!

Cartier Panther Collier:

A Golden Feature Friday

Cartier Panther Collier

I once was wondering through a metallic forest, plagued with exhaustion and without a compass, when rapidly to my rescue ran…

A majestic golden panther that lit up the land.

Through a bewildered haze, I did hear him say, “Hello, my dear. I am Cartier”.  He said to rest, said that everything would be just fine. I awoke in my home, with no forest in sight. All I remember of the panther who saved me are his black onyx nose and the way it seemed to glow, with enchanting emerald eyes glowing as he delivered me to safety.

“I am Cartier”

Cartier Panther Collier

A premonition this dream must have been because…

Cartier has come back again!

This time, in the form of an incredible Panther Cartier Collier necklace, still watching the world through those bright emerald eyes and wearing a boldly vibrant black onyx nose. In 18k Yellow Gold, a 16″ Panther Cartier Collier Necklace exquisitely holds the regal Panther. With emerald eyes and black onyx facial accents, this Cartier piece weighs in total 65.7 dwt.

This Authentic Cartier 18K Yellow Gold Panther Collier Necklace comes BRAND NEW w/ Papers! 

Collier: noun
A wide necklace encircling the neck from throat to chin

Panther Cartier Collier Necklace: Brand New w/ Papers

Raymond Lee Jewelers: Rothstein Auction a Go-Go! (…and a pretty grey logo.)

Raymond Lee Jewelers:

Rothstein Auction A Go-Go

Video Capturing the Rothstein Auction Festivities: http://youtu.be/mi8VF6EfbzA

Lee Josephson, Raymond Lee Jewelers VP, Offers a Philosophical Perspective on the Rothstein Auction during an interview with WPTV News, Channel 7:

http://bit.ly/LeeJosephsonWPTV

 Reporter Paul Brinkmann has been continuously publishing updates, following today’s

Scott Rothstein auction action. Once again, South Florida Business Report features Raymond Lee Jewelers. 

Right on, Mr. Brinkmann!

Lee Josephson of Raymond Lee Jewelers in Boca Raton bids on a Patek Philippe yellow gold watch, but dropped out after a while.   “Lee Josephson of Raymond Lee Jewelers in Boca Raton bids on a Patek Philippe yellow gold watch, but dropped out after a while.”

‘Rothstein Mercedes fetches $73,500, Piaget watch $77,500’
 South FL Business Journal Report by Paul Brinkmann

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Ultimately, the auction was a great experience and lots of excitement surrounding the event certainly stirred things up as lines began to form of South Florida jewelry professionals, collectors and victims of Scott Rothstein’s massive ponzi scheme looking for vengeance, in any form.

A variety of interpretations surrounding the auction have published since this morning. Certain sources are elaborating on the fact that so many pieces were paid above retail value for. Other views within the local press maintained a collectors perspective, pointing out that some items can become collectibles because of the stories tied to them… This, I tend to agree with, even if the story is not all that pretty.

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Rothstein Auction Acquired Piaget Watch

Although Josephson won less bids than he hoped, he says there’s a serious lesson here.

“It shows how ridiculous someone is when money is no object. I’m blown away by how many watches Rothstein owned, he has more than most stores have in stock. I hope the people who got burned are reimbursed,” says Josephson

WPTV Channel 5  reported on the days events at the

Rothstein ‘ponzi auction’,

as well as the

WSVN Channel 7 Miami/Fort Lauderdale News.

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Enjoy Some Highlights From Today’s Leading Press Outlets...

And…

Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein may be serving time, but his white gold Piaget watch sold for $77,500 on Wednesday.

Think that’s a lot? Around 1 p.m., a new auction high was set on a limited edition Concord watch for $100,000. There was also a white gold Franck Muller watch that fetched $47,500 and a Patek Phillippe watch that went for $61,000.

Crowds Gathered Early at the Scott Rothstein Auction

Rothstein Auction Preview: Raymond Lee Jewelers In The News

As we reported to you yesterday, Raymond Lee Jewelers will be attending the high-profile South Florida auction of Scott Rothstein remains.  Diamond, jewelry and luxury watch collection remains, that is.  The US Treasury Auction of Seized and Forfeited Property, under the management of Rick Levin & Associates, Inc., will be held at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The auction will officially begin at 9 a.m. on July 13, 2011.

Following yesterdays ‘Rapid Reporting’ of the Scott W. Rothstein auction preview, Raymond Lee Jewelers was highlighted by Forbes.com and the South Florida Business Journal as the leading forefront of attending jewelry industry professionals.

pbrinkmann@bizjournals.com | (954) 949-7562 On Twitter: @SoFlaBrinkmann

Photo Credit: Mark Freerks/ "Lee Josephson of Raymond Lee Jewelers examines a watch up for auction."

Jewelers are among the early crowd previewing the watches, jewelry and cars that make up the latest auction of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein’s ill-gotten booty. There are 203 watches, including such brands as Piaget and Rolex; a 2009 Mercedes-Benz, a 2008 Corvette and a 2009 Corvette Z06.

Read Full Article ‘Jewelers turn out for

Rothstein auction preview’ South Florida Business Journal

Forbes.com: ‘Jewelers turn out for Rothstein auction preview’

More information on auction items available at Rick Levin & Associates, Inc.

Scott Rothstein’s World Class Jewelry and Watch Collection to be Sold at Auction

Place Your Bids, South Florida!

One of the most anticipated auctions in South Florida history will take place in Fort Lauderdale this Summer. A world class collection of diamond encrusted jewelry and luxury watches from the estate of high-profile ponzi schemer, Scott Rothstein is scheduled to be auctioned off to registered bidders on July 13th at The Broward County Convention Center.

Florida‘s largest ponzi scam in history yielded over $1.2 Billion for the now dis-barred Fort Lauderdale Attorney, Scott Rothstein. The upcoming July Auction will be the 2nd massive auction of Scott Rothstein’s estate. In 2010, many of the convicted felons big-ticket items were sold at auction, raising a total of $5.8 million to begin repaying his most affected investors.

Of the valuables remaining in Rothstein’s estate are a world-class collection of diamond adorned jewelry and a vast inventory of the most treasured luxury watches in history. Large diamonds, rubies, sapphires and over 200 luxury watches of high-end designers such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Franck Muller, Gerald Genta and Richard Mille are all included in the auction block.

These items will all going to be made available to the public on July 13, 2011. The auction of Scott Rothstein’s Estate will be held at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Other pieces will include jeweled accessories that Scott collected for his cherishes cigar collection, two late-model Corvettes and an 09′ Mercedes SL 550 coupe.

In order to avoid a harmful mistake in judgment by venturing for himself what the jewelry belonging to Rothstein’s Estate may be worth, Rick Levin had the Sun Sentinel contact Jeff Josephson, President of Raymond Lee Jewelers in Boca Raton.

The following are initial assessments given by Jeff Josephson, President of Raymond Lee Jewelers, when presented with the star jewelry pieces that are to be sold at the July 13 auction:

A woman’s platinum diamond bracelet with 41 emerald-cut diamonds weighing a total of nearly 24 carats:
“Gorgeous, high quality, beautifully made. Thirty grand for that.”
A white and yellow gold necklace featuring a 10-carat, heart-shaped diamond:
“Probably worth $85,000.”
A woman’s fancy-yellow, 12-carat diamond ring:
“That is probably a quarter of a million dollars. — Enough money for a couple of Ferrari’s.”

“It is all good stuff,” Jeff Josephson concluded of the pieces. “I think that I want to go to that auction.”

Josephson will, in fact, be attending the auction come July. It is a fair assumption that a large number of attendees from those closely invested or intrigued by the jewelry industry in South Florida will be present at the Broward County Convention Center on July 13, 2011, eager to see for themselves one of the most impressive timepiece collections in history.

Read Full Story Here…

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