21 March 2008

Platinum Bridal Market Helps Fuel Jewelry Demand

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Despite tough economic times, sluggish holiday season sales and soaring prices of metals and gemstones, industry leaders project an increase in jewelry sales for 2008. With inflation rates expected to jump as high as 7-8 percent, the International Diamond Exchange forecast for jewelry sales in the U.S. predicts a 3 percent increase in the upcoming yearfrom $64.0 billion (estimated) in 2007 to $65.9 billion in 2008.

In a recent article by Ken Gassman State of the Jewelry Industry2008 Jewelry Demand, for Idexonline.com, Gassman highlights the bridal industrys substantial influence on the forecast. Millennials, or the children of Baby Boomers, are influencing both the jewelry and bridal industries in significant ways. In fact, in less than ten years, the number of weddings is projected to increase by approximately 30 percent among Millennials.

Not only are Millennials more likely to get marriedrather than just live together like children of the 1960sthey are also more likely to spend heavily on bridal jewelry because they have more wealth than their predecessors.

This trend is especially significant for Platinum wedding bands since the type and quality of metal is one of consumers primary considerations when purchasing bridal jewelry.

  • Platinum is 30 times more rare than gold;
  • Platinum jewelry sold in the U.S. is traditionally 90-95% pure Platinum compared to 18K gold, which is only 75% pure; and 14K which is only 58.5% pure;
  • Platinum is more durable and will not oxidize or fade; so prongs, patterns and engravings do not wear down like other metals;
  • Platinums density and molecular structure make it the most secure setting for a precious gems
  • Platinum jewelry has a luxurious weighty feel, weighing over a third more than the same piece in gold.
  • Platinum jewelry requires a higher level of craftsmanship than other precious metals, meaning that only the finest jewelers offer it.

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