Unwilling to compromise for wedding jewelry
According to a recent survey conducted by the Knot and reported at JCK online, couples are not cutting back budgets for bridal jewelry. The survey looked at bridal jewelry choices of 9,000 newlyweds. 80% of the couples reported that they did not scale down the size of their wedding rings. In 82% of the couples, the groom made the final call on wedding rings, with 67% of brides involved in the selection process, and 20% of couples spending more than they originally intended.
Most brides (53%) based their choice of wedding ring primarily on the cut of the diamond or stone. Round cut remained to be all brides’ favorite while princess cut saw a rise in demand of over 25%.
The second factor was the style and setting of the diamond or stone (52% of brides used this criteria.) The average center diamond or stone purchased for the occasion is slightly larger than 1 carat, and total average carat size for the ring as a whole is 1.5 carats. 60% of brides preferred diamonds, compared with 15% of the grooms. Images below are some of the classic all time favorite engagement ring choices.
3 stone engagement ring
Solitaire engagement ring
Emerald cut engagment ring
Princess cut engagement ring