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[Orchid] Relative popularity of birthstones?
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Stephen Walker Monday, October 06, 2008
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    Is there any marketing research that has shown the relative
    popularity of birthstones? By this I mean that it would seem very
    likely that some birthstones are going to be more popular than
    others and it would seem likely that people born in July are more
    likely to be enthusiastic about rubies than people born in June, who
    are probably a lot less likely to be excited about Alexandrite.
    Nothing against Alexanderite. But genuine stones do not seem to be
    nearly as available or affordable, compared to say, amethyst, which
    is very popular as a birthstone. How many diamonds are sold as
    birthstones? It would seem that most diamond purchases are not made
    because it is the birthstone for April. Is anyone keeping track? Are
    opals more popular than pink tormaline for October birthstones? My
    daughter has informed me that she expects an opal for her birthday in
    two weeks. 

    The promotion of birthstones is a stroke of marketing genius. We
    jewelers can say, "Don't worry that you don't have a favorite
    gemstone. It has been chosen for you." But how well is it working
    with genuine stones? Surely this has been worthy of some kind of
    marketing study. 

Stephen Walker

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