We're heading into wedding season and by now most engaged couples probably have their rings purchased, have a venue booked, a photographer signed, and a DJ lined up. A lot goes into planning a wedding, and it can be stressful, so congrats to those that have their plans locked down.

Finding the right ring and popping the big question can also be very stressful. Starting today, you'll have another option in Rochester when you go searching for the perfect ring. The latest business to open in town offers earth mined and lab-grown diamonds. Find out how they're different, read more about this new store, and see the average rock size and most popular ring style in Minnesota below.

New Wedding Store Offering Lab-Grown Diamonds Opens in Rochester

“We could not be more excited to add our 9th Wedding Day Diamonds location in Minnesota and officially join the Rochester community. We’re proud to expand and continue our 44-year long tradition of providing the Minnesota community with the widest selection of fine diamond jewelry that you won’t find anywhere else. As a third-generation member of our family-owned business, I am honored to see more couples choose Wedding Day Diamonds to be a part of their love story.” - Sean Nasifoglu, President
TSM Rochester
TSM Rochester

Wedding Day Diamonds is now open at 815 Apache Lane SW in Rochester.

(In front of the old Toys 'R Us building)

"We are leading the way with our state-of-the-art custom ring design technology, and we have the largest selection of lab-grown and earth-mined diamonds in the region. We’re so very grateful to be able to share this experience with the Rochester community.” - Dean Nasifoglu, Owner and Co-CEO


What Is A Lab-Grown Diamond?


According to Wedding Day Diamonds, they look and feel the same but are more affordable and better for the environment. "Lab-Grown Diamonds have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as Earth-mined diamonds. The same skilled cutters that facet Earth-mined stones also cut Lab-Grown Diamonds. The only difference is where they come from. The difference in cost between an Earth-mined diamond and a lab-grown diamond can save you 30–40%!"

The Average Carat Size for Minnesota Engagement Rings

Last year, ShaneCo did a deep dive to "get a better understanding of engagement ring trends over the past five years." They used third-party survey data of popular ring styles and analyzed carat size.

The biggest rocks are found in Hawaii, where the average carat size peaked at 1.2 carats. Vermont was on the bottom of the list with an average carat size of under 0.7 carats among diamond ring purchases. You can read about the average Minnesota ring and the most popular style here below.



The halo setting, which has one bigger stone surrounded by smaller diamonds, is the most popular style here in Minnesota and pretty much everywhere else in the county. Their data showed the halo was the top "engagement ring fashion for the past five years in 41 states and Washington D.C."



TheKnot says the most popular day of the year for proposals is Christmas day so it's safe to say engagement ring sales start ramping up this time of year.

What are Pavé  Rings?

Diamondnexus.com explains, "The word pavé means “pavement” in French. Pavé is an indicator of the ring's setting, typically referring to how the diamonds are set. When looking at a ring with a pavé setting, you'll notice several tiny diamonds closely set together, resulting in a line – or pavement – of continuous sparkle."

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Colored Stones


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