Residents of New York plump for higher-quality stones, while buyers in Maryland go for bigger diamonds, according to a state-by-state analysis by WP Diamonds, a division of White Pine Trading, a leading buyer and seller of recycled diamonds. The survey covers all 50 states and relates to the last 15,000 inquiries from customers.
In addition to New York, the best-quality diamonds are also sought by residents of Florida, California, Connecticut and Maryland. Meanwhile, the states with the biggest diamonds after Maryland are Michigan, Illinois, Alaska and New York. The top five states with the most expensive jewelry are California, Florida, North Dakota, South Carolina and New Mexico. And the most popular shape diamonds, the survey found, are: rounds, princess, marquise, emerald, cushion, oval, radiant, pear, heart, Asscher and baguette, with rounds and princesses accounting for more than 77% of the market.