As for location, I am up in Sonoma County, but we are wholesale, so
as far as geography, it doesn't seem to matter. I have a stronger
presence on the coasts, less in the Midwest, some in the south.
Really the only thing I have noticed, my galleries tend to sell more
of the high carat yellow, with the traditional stores selling more in
the 14k when it is yellow. When the rose is purchased its seems
pretty even across the board, gallery or traditional, east or west
Two tones, which is a trend that always seems to come and go. Our
rings can be done as a two tone upon request. When we first started
doing them that way (ten years ago) huge demand, then after a few
years it died down. Seems for the last 18 months or so we were maybe
doing two or three a month as a two tone, now over the last two
months we are doing four or five a week.
As for the nickel being outlawed, I hadn't heard that one. But when
you consider the push Stuller has been making with there x1 white,
which has high nickel content, and the fact that neither snag or any
of the trade mags have started the propaganda machine of the evil of
nickel, I wouldn't be worried about that one yet.