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The State of Jewelry Retailing: Who’s Buying, Where and Why




The pandemic has changed the face of the jewelry industry, and a new, more customer-centric and user-friendly era has begun. With the U.S. jewelry market expected to grow by $18 billion over the next five years, what are the trends driving this growth and who are the customers who will be making these purchases? In this one-hour session, the panelists discuss the findings of the recent demographic and psychographic study conducted by The Plumb Club, including how consumers in each generation (Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and Gen Zers) are motivated to buy, as well as how the pandemic, technology, lab-grown diamonds and a movement toward social responsibility are affecting purchasing.

Panelists include Sam Sandberg, president of The Plumb Club and chairman of A.Jaffe; Paola De Luca, founder of The Futurist; and Michael O’Connor, marketing director of The Plumb Club. Moderated by Trace Shelton, editor-in-chief, INSTORE.



When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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