Earrings in 18k gold with diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds; $31,045; Nam Cho at Fragments, NYC; 212-226-8878; fragments.com
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Holiday Buying & Brands Respondents say they’d spend slightly less than
Colette earrings with azurite and black and white diamonds; price on request
on a piece of fine jewelry they loved and slightly more than $8,000 on a fine watch they loved
When buying a fine watch,
made a fine jewelry purchase within the past year (and more than half within the past 6 months)
When buying fine jewelry, 80% consider a brand name “very” or “somewhat” important. (For comparison: When buying a handbag, a brand name is very or somewhat important to 89% of affluent shoppers; when buying footwear, it’s 86%.)
consider a brand name “very” or “somewhat” important
agree with the statement: Supreme Jewelry 18k bracelet with 9.14 cts. t.w. diamonds; $38,950
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I feel more confident buying a piece of fine jewelry from a brand I know.
(up from 85% in 2009)
purchased a watch in the past 3 years
Longines Avigation Oversize Crown watch with black alligator strap; $3,100
Jewelry Trends & Style
Fine jewelry trends striking a chord with affluent shoppers this season:
Bavna Sabbia ring in 18k yellow gold with 6.3 cts. t.w. pavé diamonds; $8,800
51% Openwork gold pieces: 51% Gemstone slices: 48%
say that while they love gold, rising metal prices have turned them to silver and other less precious materials
agree with the statement:
I love gold jewelry. It’s always my preferred jewelry material.
Punk motifs (e.g., spikes):
(40% among 18- to 34-year-olds)
Yellow gold makes up
42% One-of-a-kind and artisanal properties make a piece special: Robert Procop Queen of Diamonds earrings with 3 cts. t.w. emeralds and 6 cts. t.w. diamonds; price on request
90% say they are willing to pay more for a one-ofa-kind piece
of affluent shoppers’ jewelry wardrobes. But the “white look” prevails—with silver accounting for 26% (compared with 18% for white gold and 14% for platinum).
agree with the statement:
I love costume jewelry, and I often mix and match it with my fine jewelry.
(65% with household income of $200,000+ also agree)
Nearly half of a ffluent shoppers agree with the statement:
I love what designers are doing with silver; in my opinion, it’s no different than gold.
Jordan Alexander silver cuff with pearl slice and diamonds; price on request
Only 25% of respondents are selecting silver for its affordability. But nearly as many (24%) say they just don’t care for silver jewelry.
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Watch Trends & Style Watch trends resonating with shoppers this season:
55% of affluent shoppers wear a watch daily. But broken down by age, the numbers vary:
Oversized watch faces:
18–34: 40% 35–44: 51% 45–54: 66% 55+: 67%
Smaller watch faces:
Affluent shoppers younger than 45 are not as habitual about wearing a watch as the older generation, but they remain key target consumers
Glam Rock stainless steel watch with violet sunray 3-D flower dial; $1,095
of affluent shoppers would be interested in a smartwatch (e.g., the potential Apple iWatch or the Pebble)
Women & Purchasing
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Uniqueness, access: • The piece has unique styling or design (96%) • It’s a limited edition or one-of-a-kind (83%) • It’s from a wellknown luxury brand or designer (78%) • A trunk show or event enabled access to a special piece (66%)
Borgioni double-finger ring with pavé brown and black diamonds; $8,250
Price • The piece was discounted or on sale (89%) • It was tax-free—e.g., traveling abroad (77%)
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It's been a year and a half since JCK published the results of W magazine’s last consumer study on fine jewelry and watch buying (in our May...