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Unveiling December’s Jewelry Market Dynamics: A Tale of Stability and Shifting Preferences

by Madonna

As the holiday season unfolds in a glittering spectacle, beneath the surface lies a narrative of two distinct markets: stability prevails in total sales for independent jewelers, while intriguing shifts unfold in consumer preferences. This report delves into these trends, equipping you with insights to navigate the evolving market dynamics and optimize your holiday sales strategy.

Examining the first 21 days of December reveals an overall steadiness in total gross sales for independent jewelers. However, a subtle 5 percent decline in unit sales, coupled with an average retail sale of $590, suggests a cautious consumer approach during this festive period.


The diamond categories, encompassing both natural and lab-grown stones, maintained their downward trajectory with a 5 percent decrease in gross sales and a 4 percent fall in unit sales. Despite this, a robust average retail sale of $2,184 signals resilience in this segment.


Bridal jewelry, often considered a barometer for broader market trends, mirrored this cautious sentiment with a 12 percent decline in gross sales and a 5 percent drop in units sold. This shift may be attributed to engagement levels normalizing to pre-COVID patterns, indicating a return to traditional buying behaviors rather than a fundamental decline in market health.


Conversely, the diamond fashion segments exhibited resilience, witnessing a modest 1 percent increase in gross sales. While unit sales dipped by 3 percent, the average retail sale reached an encouraging $1,862.

The colored stone and pearl categories felt the market’s shifts, experiencing a little over a 2 percent decrease in gross sales and an 8 percent decline in unit sales. However, they maintained commendable average retail sales of $943.

The gold jewelry category presented a mixed scenario, with a 3 percent upswing in gross sales counteracted by a 2 percent reduction in unit sales. The average retail price settled at $523.

Watches, despite a 5 percent decrease in units sold, defied the trend with a remarkable 12 percent increase in gross sales, attributed to a strong average retail sale.

In contrast, sterling silver and alternative metals encountered a more challenging environment, with both gross sales and units sold witnessing a 12 percent decline.

Repair and custom services emerged as a bright spot, boasting a 7 percent increase in gross sales despite a 3 percent dip in units sold.

Giftware, however, faced a downturn, experiencing a 4 percent decrease in gross sales and a more pronounced 10 percent decline in units sold.

In conclusion, the initial three weeks of December paint a nuanced picture for independent jewelers—a landscape marked by steadfast gross sales but underscored by shifts in consumer behavior. Navigating this complexity requires an adaptive strategy, focusing on growth areas and addressing segments witnessing decline. With a strategic approach and an astute eye on market trends, independent jewelers can effectively navigate these fluctuations, positioning themselves for sustained success in the upcoming year.


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