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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.



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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.”

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