Connect with us

Gems & Jewelry Buying Behavior Survey 2021

Part 2: Survey reveals the pandemic had some positive impact on the jewelry industry




IN ONE OF the most comprehensive consumer studies done to date on jewelry related topics, especially during the time of the pandemic, The Plumb Club spearheaded a research document that found that the jewelry category fared better than expected, with many consumers increasing their jewelry purchasing and wear.

Survey Reveals the Pandemic Had Some Positive Impact on the Jewelry Industry

30% of consumers surveyed stated that the pandemic positively impacted their jewelry purchasing (purchased more) as opposed to 21% who said that it impacted their purchasing negatively. 49% said that they remained steady at previous purchasing levels over the time of the pandemic.

Since many stores across the country closed their brick-and-mortar locations for numerous months of 2020, the study also states that 72% of the consumers surveyed say they bought jewelry online and that 39% said that spending more time at home inspired them to buy more jewelry on online platforms.

Survey Reveals the Pandemic Had Some Positive Impact on the Jewelry Industry

With the uptick in remote working and virtual meetings, the research reveals that during the pandemic, 41% of consumers were more tempted to wear jewelry that would be seen on the screen during video meetings and online gatherings.

65% of consumers said they typically wear jewelry at home, and 23% said that they increased their jewelry wear during the pandemic (44% reported no change).

When asked about their preferred pieces to wear, 39% said that they wear rings most often. However, when asked about their purchasing categories online, 62% say that they most often purchase necklaces or earrings.


The survey was a multi-focused study initiated by The Plumb Club, a coalition of 45 best-in-call suppliers to the jewelry and watch industry, with the help of Paola Deluca, The Futurist and Qualitrics. The study was conducted with a sampling of 1,049 men and women, from the ages of 25-60 with a focus on 10 “test markets” across the US. Respondents had all attended some college or higher, had a combined household income of at least $75K/year and claimed to have either purchased jewelry in the past year and/or were intending to purchase jewelry in the upcoming year.

Additional information from this expansive research will be shared over the next number of weeks. Any retailer wishing more information on The Plumb Club Industry & Market Insights 2021 should contact a Plumb Club Member. For a full list of The Plumb Club Members visit here or email [email protected]


Over the years, INSTORE has won 80 international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact INSTORE's editors at [email protected].



Wilkerson Testimonials | Zadok Master Jewelers

Stick to the Program — And Watch Your Sales Grow

When Zadok Master Jewelers in Houston, Texas, decided to move to a new location (they’d been in the same one for the 45 years they’d been in business), they called Wilkerson to run a moving sale. The results, says seventh-generation jeweler Jonathan Zadok, were “off the charts” in terms of traffic and sales. Why? They took Wilkerson’s advice and stuck to the company’s marketing program, which included sign twirlers — something Jonathan Zadok had never used before. He says a number of very wealthy customers came in because of them. “They said, ‘I loved your sign twirlers and here’s my credit card for $20,000.’ There’s no way we could have done that on our own,” says Zadok. “Without Wilkerson, the sale never, ever would have come close to what it did.”

Promoted Headlines

Most Popular