The Re-Sale Market for Diamond Engagement Rings is Booming, as the Pandemic Causes Divorce Rates to Spike
Looks like people are not benefitting from marriage during the Pandemic, as (Link): marriage-worshipping Bradford Wilcox likes to argue.
by B. Biron, Sept 18, 2020
Supply and demand for engagement rings has been on the rise at luxury resale sites like The RealReal and online auction marketplaces like Worthy — a consumer-to-business service that connects high-end sellers to wholesale buyers.
According to data provided to Business Insider by The RealReal, engagement ring consignments rose by 47% in May and June compared to the prior two months, as the pandemic put couples to the test — prompting some to call it quits while others tied the knot.
“Quarantine has meant make-or-break for many relationships,” Trish Stevens, category director of fine watches and jewelry at The RealReal, wrote in a statement to Business Insider. “While we’re seeing an influx of people purchasing engagement rings, we’re also seeing more people consign them.”
According to an (Link): analysis conducted by Legal Templates — a company that allows users to create and track legal documents — the number of couples seeking divorce between March and June increased by 34% from the same period in 2019.
Steven Schneider, COO and chief revenue officer at Worthy, said that like The RealReal, his company has seen a rise in both supply and demand for diamond engagement rings in recent months as the pandemic drags on.
“What we’re seeing is items that came from broken relationships, whether that’s divorce or failed engagement, and those tend to be typically whatever was in style two or three years ago,” Schneider said, noting that the company has received an influx of princess cut diamonds and custom designs.