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119 US Jewelry Retailers Closed in the 1st Quarter

The number represents a significant decrease from the year-ago quarter.




The Jewelers Board of Trade reported that 119 U.S. jewelry retailers closed their doors in the first quarter of 2021.

That number represented a decrease from 238 closings in the first quarter of 2020.

The total included 89 retailers in the category of “ceased operations” as well as 26 “consolidations (sale/merger)” and four bankruptcies.

The total number of U.S. jewelry businesses that closed, including retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, was 144. That was a decrease from 291 in the first quarter of 2020.

Meanwhile, JBT reported that 30 new retailers opened their doors in the U.S., down from 39 in the first quarter of 2020.

The total number of new jewelry businesses, including retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, was 33. That was down from 48 new businesses in the year-ago quarter.


JBT listed a total of 18,263 jewelry retailers in the U.S. as of the first quarter of 2021, down from 18,532 in the same quarter a year ago.

The group listed 24,095 jewelry businesses in all, including retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers. That was down from 24,464 in the first quarter of 2020.

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Thinking of Liquidating? Think: Wilkerson

When Peter Reines, owner of Reines Jewelers in Charlottesville, VA, decided it was time to turn over the “reins” of his 45-year-old business to Jessica and Kevin Rogers, he chose Wilkerson to run his liquidation sale. It was, he says, the best way to maximize the return on his decades-long investment in fine jewelry. Now, with new owners at the helm, Reines can relax knowing that the sale was a success, and his new life is financially secure. And he’s glad he partnered with Wilkerson for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “There’s just no way one person or company could run a sale the way we did,” he says.

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