Where is the Jewelry Industry heading?

The Future Looks Bright

The jewelry industry in 2016 saw back-to-back gains as consumer confidence rose. So, how does 2017 and the future look? Well, it’s good news! The overall sentiment is that the industry will continue to expand – but at a moderate pace. NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a recent press release “All of the fundamentals are in a good place, giving strength to consumers and lending us to believe that this will be a very positive year.” If this is true, it will be a welcome development for the retail sector that has shown some downturn as “brick and mortar” stores continue to close.

Jewelry sales have grown in 2017 with sales up by 1.2%. This could best be contributed to the recent launch of diamond marketing campaigns that are targeted at Millennials. This campaign focuses on redefining the symbol of diamonds.

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How Jewelers Are Helping To Stop The Sell of Conflict Diamonds?

In today’s market consumers are sensitive about where their products come from. It doesn’t come as a surprise that jewelry buyers are concerned about possibly buying a conflict diamond, especially as the trade has been rife with controversy. According to this article, “About 65 percent of diamonds are mined in Africa, where warlords and rebels in countries such as Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone have used profits to fund bloody wars.”

Consumers have a lot of buying power these days. And jewelers are taking notice of this need to ensure they avoid selling conflict diamonds. Since 2003, jewelers have adhered to the Kimberley Process (KP), the international initiative to increase transparency and oversight in the diamond industry.

One company, Brilliant Earth, advertises and sells ethically produced jewelry that does not “come at a high human or environmental cost,” according to its mission statement.

“Many consumers today are more interested in understanding where their purchases come from and the practices behind them,” Kathryn Edison Money, Brilliant Earth’s vice president of strategy and merchandising, said in an email. “We’ve found this is especially true for a purchase as significant as a diamond ring.”

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Sources: http://www.washdiplomat.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15410:jewelers-weed-out-conflict-diamonds-so-consumers-can-buy-bling-in-good-conscience&catid=1558&Itemid=428

How the Retail Jeweler is Vital to the Consumer?

It seems the retail industry, and specifically “brick and mortar” stores are at a tipping point. They have come under serious threat from online retailers – like Amazon – that rely on e-commerce to reach consumers.

 

You may think this trend affects retail jewelers – but it is quite the opposite. Fine goods, like jewelry, keep consumers coming into their stores. While the “brick and mortar” stores may be going away for some corporations like Sears and Macy’s they are here to stay for retail jewelry stores.

 

Why are retail jewelers vital to the consumer? According to the FT.com, “The retail jeweler is vital to guide the customer through the labyrinth of certification and grading, and the nuances of quality and price structure.”

 

That is why they note that nothing can replace the personal touch and expertise a consumer gets from a retail jeweler.

 

Far from obsolete, he or she is more relevant than ever in today’s technological world; nothing can replace their experience, fine judgment and expertise. The internet will never be a substitute for the personal touch.

 

However, as the rise in e-commerce and growing acceptance of “buying without touching” becomes the norm, retail jewelers need to innovate. That’s why the National Jeweler magazine states reading Doug Stevens The Retail Revival, important for all retailers. They state that,

 

“The book shows what retail might look like in the future and, quite honestly, it should be required reading for retailers and for any business that depends on retailers to make a living. His basic premise is that retailers will have to make a very clear decision about what they want to be–either entirely and expertly price-driven, with all the attendant challenges of being the low-cost provider, or they must fully and completely embrace the high end of the landscape, with great quality, differentiated products delivered in a very focused way and a great customer experience. “

 

This is an exciting time for the retail jeweler. As JBT members we are excited to help you get the highest return on your precious metal scrap – in order to help you be ahead of the trend. Contact me today via melissa@core-scientific.com to request your FREE collection container or call me at 877-308-2388.

Sources: https://www.ft.com/content/e7de2aa4-4ab9-11e7-919a-1e14ce4af89b?mhq5j=e2

http://www.nationaljeweler.com/independents/retail-profiles/4124-what-will-become-of-retail-jewelry-stores