Largest Jewellery market
According to a recent KPMG study the largest Jewellery market is :
United States with a market share of 30.8%
Japan, India and China and the Middle East each with 8 - 9% and
Italy with 5%.
We predict a dramatic change in market shares by 2015, where the market share is
The United States will have dropped to around 25%
China and India will increase theirs to over 13%
The Middle East will remain more or less constant at 9%
Europeís and Japanís market share will be less than 4% for Japan, and
Less than 3% for the biggest individual European countries, Italy and the UK.
Gemstone is desirable for its beauty
A gemstone is the naturally occurring crystalline form of a mineral. Gemstone is desirable for its beauty. It is valuable in rarity. A gemstone or gem also called a precious or semi-precious stone is a piece of attractive mineral, when cut and polished it is used to make jewellery or other adornments. Although some gemstone varieties have been treasured since before history began and others were only discovered recently.
Gemstone is durable enough to be enjoyed for generations. However certain rocks, such as lapis-lazuli and organic materials are not minerals, but are still used for jewelry, and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their luster or other physical properties that have aesthetic value. Rarity is another characteristic that lends value to a gemstone.
Engagement rings would be placed on the left ring-finger
An engagement ceremony would be celebrated with an established rite after families reached a marriage agreement for their children. During the ceremony engagement rings would be exchanged between boy and girl. The Romans used an ancient clasped hand design for betrothal rings.
Some antique engagement rings were made with a delicate designs using turquoise. And which is symbolized the forget-me-not flower. This "fede" or "trust" ring remained popular for centuries and is still used in jewellery. Gemstones in antique engagement rings were expensive luxuries as trade with the Middle East and Asia had not yet allowed for the flow of imported stones. In accordance to an Egyptian belief the engagement ring would be placed on the left ring-finger. They believe that very fine vein ran directly to the heart from the left finger.