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Jewelry Retailers Must Prepare for a Customer Retreat and Signet Has Been Preparing for this Day

A remarkable thing happened during and after the pandemic: Jewelry sales went through the roof. Personal consumption of jewelry reached $94.6 billion in 2021, up over 50% from the $62.3 billion spent in 2020, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ (BEA) underlying data. Across the board, American consumers bought a ton of stuff in […]

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Diamond Jewelry Industry Faces a New Threat: Russia Sanctions

Mere weeks ago, Bain and the Antwerp World Diamond Center (AWDC) issued their annual “Global Diamond Industry” report, recounting the diamond jewelry industry’s “brilliant recovery” from the pandemic downturn. Covering the entire diamond value chain from production to consumer sales, it reported, “In 2021, revenue increased 62% [year-over-year] in the diamond mining segment, 55% for […]

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Pearls Are Riding a Wave of Renewed Popularity

For too long, pearl jewelry has been an afterthought for jewelers, a category of a few necklace strands and earrings they felt compelled to carry, but nothing to get excited about. That is starting to change. Pearls are having their fashion moment, spurred on by designers like Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, Givenchy, Dior, Versace, Miu […]

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Lab-Grown Diamond Jewelry Is Poised for Explosive Growth

2022 will be the year of the wedding. According to The Wedding Report, some 2.5 million couples will tie the knot next year, following a two-year lull when only 1.3 married in 2020 and 1.9 million in 2021. That will break a previous record for marriages set in 1984. Not only will a historic number […]

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Diamond Jewelry Sales Are Booming, but Can It Last?

Despite the disruptions from the pandemic, declining marriage rates and the growing availability of lab-grown diamonds as a less expensive but structurally and chemically identical substitute for the natural alternative, the market for natural, mined diamond jewelry has barely skipped a beat. Independent research firm, Edahn Golan Diamond Research & Data reports that overall U.S. […]