the sparkle rundown

WP Diamonds, the nation’s leading online buyer and partner for retailer buy-back of diamonds , jewelry and watches, is excited to announce the launch of America’s Diamond and Jewelry Ranking. The company’s last 15,000 consumer inquiries and data have informed these findings, covering all 50 states.

America’s Diamond and Jewelry Ranking is the first report of its kind that directly analyzes ownership across the United States.

Although plenty of reports have been issued by authorities regarding the mine-to-market process, rough diamonds, bridal and retail sales statistics, this is the first report that analyzes data based on what consumers already own. State-by-state, a feel for diamond and jewelry preferences and taste can be deduced, with surprising results.

Answering an important question for the diamond-curious and jewelry enthusiasts across America…where does your state rank?

quality not quantity

which states have the
best quality diamonds?

The Diamond Index is a Quality Indicator of Diamonds by State,

with the states in Gold expressing the highest average value

per carat of diamond.

Map of the USA
Diamond 1-10

  1. New York
  2. Florida
  3. California
  4. Connecticut
  5. Maryland
  6. New Jersey
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Kansas
  9. Tennessee
  10. Colorado

Diamond 11-20

  1. Washington
  2. Hawaii
  3. Alaska
  4. Oregon
  5. Arizona
  6. Texas
  7. North Carolina
  8. New Hampshire
  9. South Dakota
  10. Georgia

Diamond 21-30

  1. Missouri
  2. Illinois
  3. Virginia
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. Arkansas
  6. Nevada
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Louisiana
  10. Wisconsin

Diamond 31-40

  1. Alabama
  2. Michigan
  3. Ohio
  4. Idaho
  5. Delaware
  6. South Carolina
  7. Wyoming
  8. Indiana
  9. Kentucky
  10. Utah

Diamond 41-50

  1. Minnesota
  2. Mississippi
  3. Montana
  4. Maine
  5. Vermont
  6. New Mexico
  7. West Virginia
  8. Nebraska
  9. Iowa
  10. North Dakota

size matters

which states have
the biggest diamonds?

These are the top ten states, in order, that have the largest diamonds. Data analyzed

includes loose stones, rings, as well as jewelry, with only the largest diamond per piece

being compared for data. The number listed is the average carat size for each top ten state.

Diamond Weight

  1. 1. Maryland at 1.75 ct.
  2. 2. Michigan at 1.69 ct.
  3. 3. Illinois at 1.59 ct.
  4. 4. Alaska at 1.49 ct.
  5. 5. New York at 1.47 ct.
  6. 6. Texas at 1.47 ct.
  7. 7. Florida at 1.47 ct.
  8. 8. Virginia at 1.44 ct.
  9. 9. Arkansas at 1.41 ct.
  10. 10. California at 1.40 ct.

Average Carat Size
Diamonds draw to scale

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pre-own it

which states have
the most expensive
secondhand jewelry?

Because the data surveyed by WP Diamonds reflects those looking to sell their diamonds and fine jewelry, it is an outstanding indicator of values across states for secondhand jewelry pricing.

The ten states listed show which states have the highest average secondhand jewelry values.

Diamond Necklace

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. North Dakota*
  4. North Carolina
  5. New Mexico*
  6. New Jersey
  7. Rhode Island*
  8. Connecticut
  9. South Dakota*
  10. Arizona

Highest Value per Jewelry Item
* Number of inquiries less than 0.5% of total

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usa trendsetting

where is each diamond
shape the most popular?

With so many fabulous cuts for diamonds available, it is interesting to see which cuts
appeal to different states. Nine diamonds shapes are shown below,
followed by a list of the top five states where each is most popular.

ROUND

The most popular shape in America, the classic round brilliant maximizes the fire of a diamond.

diamond-round-small

  1. MI
  2. MT
  3. TN
  4. MS
  5. KY
PRINCESS

The most popular of the fancy shapes, the princess cut diamond works well within any setting and is a prime choice for engagement rings.

diamond-princess-small

  1. NE
  2. KS
  3. AZ
  4. OH
  5. WI
CUSHION

Pillowy in shape, the dreamy cushion cut is a great option for maintaining the illusion of a large stone.

diamond-cushion-small

  1. MS
  2. MT
  3. SC
  4. TX
  5. DE
EMERALD

Perfect for showing off a diamond with exceptional color and clarity, the angular, step-cut emerald cut is a hallmark in art deco diamond jewelry.

diamond-emeral-small

  1. RI
  2. KS
  3. TX
  4. WV
  5. SD
HEART

Sentimental and endearing, hearts are a universal symbol of love in jewelry, popularized in pendants.

diamond-heart-small

  1. DE
  2. FL
  3. MN
  4. UT
  5. OR
MARQUISE

Chic and elongating, the marquise cut is universally flattering, lengthening the fingers.

diamond-marquise-small

  1. LA
  2. IL
  3. IN
  4. VA
  5. MO
OVAL

The illusion of a larger size is achieved in an oval cut diamond, which also elongates the hand’s shape.

diamond-oval-small

  1. TX
  2. MN
  3. AR
  4. NY
  5. MI
PEAR

A modification of the round and the marquise, the tapered point of the pear faces the wearer for a style as stunning and unique as its wearer.

diamond-pear-small

  1. TX
  2. CT
  3. WV
  4. CA
  5. OR
RADIANT

Combining step-cuts and triangular faceting in one, the radiant cut is particularly successful in showcasing color in fancy colored diamonds.

diamond-radiant-small

  1. SC
  2. UT
  3. WV
  4. IA
  5. AR

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WHICH STATES HAVE THE BIGGEST DIAMONDS?

Ranking State Average Carat Size
1 MD 1.75
2 MI 1.69
3 IL 1.59
4 AK 1.49
5 NY 1.47
6 TX 1.47
7 FL 1.47
8 VA 1.44
9 AR 1.41
10 CA 1.40
11 NJ 1.39
12 NV 1.38
13 OK 1.37
14 MA 1.36
15 CT 1.36
16 GA 1.36
17 SD 1.35
18 WA 1.35
19 PA 1.35
20 IN 1.35
21 AZ 1.33
22 LA 1.33
23 MS 1.31
24 NC 1.31
25 CO 1.31
26 WV 1.30
27 UT 1.29
28 MT 1.28
29 MO 1.28
30 OR 1.26
31 TN 1.26
32 SC 1.26
33 MN 1.26
34 OH 1.25
35 HI 1.24
36 RI 1.24
37 WI 1,24
38 AL 1.23
39 KY 1.23
40 NH 1.23
41 KS 1.22
42 NE 1.22
43 ID 1.21
44 ME 1.19
45 IA 1.19
46 WY 1.18
47 ND 1.18
48 DE 1.18
49 NM 1.18
50 VT 1.03

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WHICH STATES HAVE THE MOST EXPENSIVE SECONDHAND JEWELRY?

Ranking State
1 CA
2 FL
3 ND
4 NC
5 NM
6 NJ
7 RI
8 CT
9 SD
10 AR
11 NY
12 GA
13 MD
14 CO
15 ME
16 AZ
17 TX
18 WA
19 LA
20 TN
21 AK
22 KS
23 HI
24 WY
25 IN
26 PA
27 MS
28 OK
29 SC
30 NH
31 MO
32 VT
33 NE
34 OR
35 WI
36 KY
37 WV
38 OH
39 UT
40 MN
41 MA
42 AL
43 MI
44 IA
45 DE
46 IL
47 MT
48 VA
49 ID
50 NV

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WHERE IS EACH DIAMOND SHAPE THE MOST POPULAR?

Asscher Baguette Cushion Emerald European Heart Marquise Old European Old Miner Oval Pear Princess Radiant Round Trilliant Trillion
MI 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 4.44% 0.00% 0.00% 2.22% 0.00% 0.00% 4.44% 0.00% 13.33% 2.22% 73.33% 0.00% 0.00%
MT 0.00% 1.67% 8.33% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 3.33% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 3.33% 11.67% 1.67% 70.00% 0.00% 0.00%
TN 0.00% 0.00% 6.25% 2.08% 0.00% 0.00% 4.17% 0.00% 0.00% 2.08% 0.00% 14.58% 2.08% 68.75% 0.00% 0.00%
MS 0.00% 0.00% 13.33% 6.67% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 13.33% 0.00% 66.67% 0.00% 0.00%
KY 0.32% 0.00% 5.11% 4.47% 0.00% 0.96% 2.56% 0.00% 0.00% 2.56% 2.88% 17.25% 2.24% 61.66% 0.00% 0.00%
ID 0.00% 0.00% 3.73% 3.73% 0.34% 0.00% 3.05% 0.00% 0.00% 2.37% 1.69% 21.69% 3.39% 60.00% 0.00% 0.00%
SC 0.00% 4.00% 8.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 4.00% 0.00% 16.00% 8.00% 60.00% 0.00% 0.00%
IL 0.00% 0.00% 1.47% 4.41% 0.00% 1.47% 10.29% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.47% 19.12% 2.94% 58.82% 0.00% 0.00%
NM 0.25% 0.12% 6.36% 6.61% 0.12% 0.50% 2.99% 0.00% 0.00% 2.24% 2.87% 17.21% 2.00% 58.73% 0.00% 0.00%
OH 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 3.45% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 3,.45% 31,.03% 3,.45% 58.62% 0.00% 0.00%
CA 0.00% 0.00% 5.91% 4.30% 0.00% 0.00% 6.99% 0.00% 0.00% 3.76% 4.30% 15.05% 1.08% 58.60% 0.00% 0.00%
GA 0.00% 0.53% 3.19% 3.72% 0.00% 0.00% 3.72% 0.53% 0.00% 1.60% 0.53% 25.00% 2.66% 57.98% 0.00% 0.53%
UT 0.92% 0.00% 1.83% 3.67% 0.00% 1.83% 4.59% 0.00% 0.00% 0.92% 2.75% 18.35% 7.34% 57.80% 0.00% 0.00%
SD 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 8.45% 0.00% 0.00% 1.41% 0.00% 0.00% 1.41% 1.41% 26.76% 2.82% 57.75% 0.00% 0.00%
WA 0.00% 0.00% 3.86% 4.88% 0.00% 0.81% 4.07% 0.00% 0.00% 3.05% 3.46% 20.53% 1.83% 57.52% 0.00% 0.00%
AK 0.00% 0.00% 3.94% 5.51% 0.00% 0.00% 2.36% 0.00% 0.00% 1.57% 0.79% 28.35% 0.79% 56.69% 0.00% 0.00%
ME 0.20% 0.14% 5.35% 3.79% 0.07% 0.54% 4.20% 0.07% 0.14% 2.64% 2.03% 21.33% 3.25% 56.26% 0.00% 0.00%
HI 0.23% 0.00% 5.79% 6.02% 0.00% 0.23% 4.86% 0.23% 0.00% 2.78% 1.62% 19.44% 2.55% 56.25% 0.00% 0.00%
WY 0.00% 0.00% 5.91% 4.84% 0.00% 1.08% 4.84% 0.00% 0.00% 4.03% 3.23% 17.74% 2.15% 56.18% 0.00% 0.00%
NY 0.00% 0.00% 5.29% 3.44% 0.00% 0.79% 5.03% 0.00% 0.00% 4.0% 2.38% 20.37% 2.38% 55.82% 0.00% 0.00%
OK 0.00% 0.65% 4.58% 4.58% 0.00% 0.00% 4.58% 0.00% 0.00% 0.65% 1.96% 22.88% 4.58% 55.56% 0.00% 0.00%
PA 1.01% 0.00% 4.04% 4.04% 0.00% 0.00% 4.04% 0.00% 0.00% 2.02% 1.01% 28.28% 0.00% 55.56% 0.00% 0.00%
NJ 0.35% 0.00% 3.48% 3.48% 0.00% 0.35% 5.23% 0.35% 0.00% 2.44% 2.44% 21.95% 4.53% 55.40% 0.00% 0.00%
OR 0.00% 0.00% 3.07% 5.36% 0.00% 1.53% 2.30% 0.00% 0.00% 2.30% 4.21% 22.99% 3.45% 54.79% 0.00% 0.00%
VA 0.50% 0.00% 1.50% 2.50% 0.00% 0.50% 7.50% 0.00% 0.00% 3.50% 3.50% 23.00% 3.00% 54.50% 0.00% 0.00%
MO 0.00% 0.00% 1.47% 4.41% 0.00% 0.00% 7.35% 0.00% 0.00% 1.47% 1.47% 25.00% 4.41% 54.41% 0.00% 0.00%
RI 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 12.50% 0.00% 0.00% 4.17% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 4.17% 25.00% 0.00% 54.17% 0.00% 0.00%
AL 0.00% 0.00% 6.35% 4.76% 0.00% 0.00% 3.17% 0.00% 0.00% 3.17% 0.00% 26.98% 1.59% 53.97% 0.00% 0.00%
FL 0.00% 0.00% 4.04% 1.01% 0.00% 2.02% 4.04% 0.00% 0.00% 3.03% 1.01% 30.30% 1.01% 53.54% 0.00% 0.00%
MA 0.18% 0.00% 4.36% 4.18% 0.00% 1.09% 5.09% 0.00% 0.00% 2.91% 3.64% 22.00% 3.09% 53.45% 0.00% 0.00%
NH 0.00% 0.00% 5.40% 4.19% 0.00% 1.32% 4.74% 0.11% 0.00% 3.20% 2.65% 21.94% 2.98% 53.36% 0.00% 0.11%
AR 0.00% 0.00% 6.02% 2.41% 0.00% 0.00% 3.61% 0.00% 0.00% 4.82% 3.61% 20.48% 6.02% 53.01% 0.00% 0.00%
WI 0.00% 0.00% 4.41% 1.47% 0.00% 0.00% 5.88% 0.00% 0.00% 4.41% 0.00% 30.88% 0.00% 52.94% 0.00% 0.00%
NE 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 5.88% 0.00% 0.00% 2.94% 0.00% 0.00% 2.94% 0.00% 35.29% 0.00% 52.94% 0.00% 0.00%
LA 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 4.35% 0.00% 13.04% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 30.43% 0.00% 52.17% 0.00% 0.00%
VT 0.83% 0.00% 4.38% 4.17% 0.21% 0.63% 5.,21% 0.00% 0.00% 2.29% 3.75% 23.33% 3.33% 51.88% 0.00% 0.00%
MD 0.00% 0.00% 2.91% 8.14% 0.00% 0.00% 4.65% 0.58% 0.00% 2.33% 2.33% 23.84% 3.49% 51.74% 0.00% 0.00%
AZ 0.00% 0.68% 4.11% 3.42% 0.00% 0.68% 3.42% 0.00% 0.00% 1.37% 1.37% 31.51% 2.05% 51.37% 0.00% 0.00%
CO 0.00% 0.00% 6.06% 4.24% 0.00% 0.61% 7.27% 0.00% 0.00% 3.64% 3.64% 19.39% 4.24% 50.91% 0.00% 0.00%
IN 0.31% 0.62% 5.28% 3.73% 0.00% 1.24% 8.70% 0.00% 0.00% 3.11% 1.24% 23.29% 1.55% 50.62% 0.31% 0,00%
NC 0.00% 0.50% 6.50% 6.50% 0.00% 0.50% 2.50% 0.00% 0.00% 2.50% 2.50% 25.00% 3.00% 50.50% 0.00% 0.00%
ND 0.22% 0.00% 5.22% 4.13% 0.00% 0.44% 5.77% 0.11% 0.00% 3.05% 3.16% 24.92% 2.39% 50,49% 0,00% 0,11%
DE 0.00% 0.00% 6.62% 2.94% 0.00% 2.21% 3.68% 0.00% 0.00% 2.94% 2.94% 26.47% 2.94% 49.26% 0.00% 0.00%
IA 0.00% 0.00% 1.16% 4.65% 0.00% 1.16% 6.98% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.16% 29.07% 6.98% 48.84% 0.00% 0.00%
NV 0.00% 0.00% 4.84% 3.23% 0.00% 0.00% 4.84% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 3.23% 30.65% 4.84% 48.39% 0.00% 0.00%
CT 0.24% 0.00% 4.29% 3.33% 0.00% 0.95% 5.48% 0.48% 0.24% 2.38% 4.52% 25.71% 3.57% 48.33% 0.00% 0.48%
MN 0.00% 0.00% 3.90% 6.34% 0.00% 1.95% 3.41% 0.00% 0.00% 4.88% 2.44% 23.90% 4.88% 48.29% 0.00% 0.00%
KS 0.00% 0.00% 4.08% 12.24% 0.00% 0.00% 4.08% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 32.65% 0.00% 46.94% 0.00% 0.00%
WV 0.54% 0.00% 4.86% 9.19% 0.00% 0.00% 4.32% 0.00% 0.00% 1.62% 4.32% 24.86% 7.03% 43.24% 0.00% 0.00%
TX 0.00% 0.00% 7.79% 10.39% 0.00% 0.00% 3.90% 0.00% 0.00% 7.79% 5.19% 24.68% 1.30% 38.96% 0.00% 0.00%

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