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Jewellery Retailing - UK - September 2015

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Mintel

Published Date : Sep 2015

Category :

Jewellery

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The jewellery retail market follows a strong year in 2014 when falling precious metal prices and economic improvements boosted spending in the market. Young women stand out as being the biggest purchasers of jewellery for themselves, driven by their appetite for branded jewellery and the trend for layering and stacking multiple items together. Going forward, men

Table of Content

Overview

What you need to know
Products covered in this report

Executive Summary

Jewellery market grows 1.2% in 2015
Figure 1: Best- and worst-case forecast value sales of jewellery, 2010-20
Companies, brands and innovation
Pandora is associated with fun and vibrant traits
Figure 2: Attitudes towards and usage of selected brands, December 2014 and June 2015
Figure 3: Leading jewellery specialists’ compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in net revenues, 2010-13*
Fast-growing brand taps into the charm bracelet trend
The consumer
The young drive self-purchasing activity
Figure 4: Jewellery types purchased in the last five years and/or being considered for purchase in the next six months, June 2015\
Argos becomes the top retailer for precious metal jewellery
Figure 5: Retailers used for purchasing precious metal jewellery, either in-store or online, June 2015
Fashion stores dominate for costume jewellery
Figure 6: Retailers used for purchasing costume jewellery, either in-store or online, June 2015
Half have bought jewellery online
Consumers find it tricky to choose jewellery for others
Figure 7: Consumer attitudes towards purchasing jewellery, June 2015
Good value for money is the most important quality of precious metal jewellery
Figure 8: Factors influencing precious metal jewellery purchases, June 2015
Costume jewellery a popular gifting option
Figure 9: Occasions that jewellery is bought as a gift, June 2015
What we think

Issues and Insights

What is driving growth in the jewellery market?
The facts
The implications
How are jewellery retailers performing on the high street?
The facts
The implications
What would encourage more jewellery purchasing?
The facts
The implications

The Market – What You Need to Know

Jewellery market grows by 1.2% in 2015
Jewellery sales to reach £4.5 billion by 2020
Falling precious metal prices correlate with rise in hallmarking
Consumer confidence beginning to rise
Consumers buy costume jewellery more regularly than precious metal
Increase in 25-34s could boost the precious metal jewellery market
Watches market estimated to grow by 4.5% in 2015

The Market

Jewellery market grows 1.2% in 2015
Figure 10: UK value sales of jewellery, 2010-20
Precious metal jewellery
Costume jewellery
Figure 11: UK value sales of jewellery by segment, 2011-15
Jewellery sales to reach £4.5 billion by 2020
Figure 12: Best- and worst-case forecast value sales of jewellery, 2010-20

Market Drivers

Falling precious metal prices boost the jewellery market
Figure 13: Average yearly prices of gold, platinum and palladium, in dollars, 2000-15
Figure 14: Average yearly prices of silver, in dollars 2000-15
Hallmarking continues to grow, but at a slower rate than 2014
Figure 15: Number of gold and silver items hallmarked, 2006-15
Rising consumer confidence drives luxury spend
Increase in 25-34s could boost the precious metal jewellery market
Marriages rise by 5.3%
Consumers buying more costume jewellery than handbags
Figure 16: Spending habits for clothing, footwear and accessories, May 2014 and June 2015
Watches market estimated to grow by 4.5% in 2015

Key Players – What You Need to Know

Argos launches bespoke diamond jewellery service
Fast-growing brand taps into the charm bracelet trend
Pandora is associated with fun and vibrant traits
Michael Kors suffers a lack of awareness
Swarovski ramps up advertising to tap into rise in self-purchasing
Department stores invest in their jewellery offering
Costume jewellery retailers suffer falling sales

Launch Activity and Innovations

3D-printed jewellery is brought to the high street
Figure 17: 3D-printed jewellery from Zazzy
Argos launches bespoke diamond jewellery service
Figure 18: Argos’ Exclusively Yours bespoke jewellery service
Wearable technology adds function to fashion
Ethically sourced diamonds are brought to the UK market
Discount jewellery chain launch caters for price-driven consumers
Costume jewellery marketplace is given an ethical stance
Fast-growing brand taps into the charm bracelet trend
Figure 19: A leather charm bracelet Endless’ autumn/winter 2015 collection
Tiffany brings New York to London’s Selfridges
Jewellery delivered straight to your door
Figure 20: A Wifty subscription box

Brand Research

What you need to know
Brand map
Figure 21: Attitudes towards and usage of selected brands, December 2014 and June 2015
Key brand metrics
Figure 22: Key metrics for selected brands, December 2014 and June 2015
Brand attitudes: Tiffany associated with being consistently high quality
Figure 23: Attitudes, by brand, December 2014 and June 2015
Brand personality: Pandora benefits from fun and vibrant traits
Figure 24: Brand personality – Macro image, December 2014 and June 2015
Michael Kors and Pandora share a trend-led image
Figure 25: Brand personality – Micro image, December 2014 and June 2015
Brand analysis
Pandora attracts high proportion of 16-24s
Figure 26: User profile of Pandora, June 2015
Michael Kors needs to increase exposure
Figure 27: User profile of Michael Kors, December 2014
Swarovski has the highest usage over time
Figure 28: User profile of Swarovski, June 2015
Tiffany & Co retains a trusted status
Figure 29: User profile of Tiffany & Co, June 2015
Links of London struggles to differentiate among strong competition
Figure 30: User profile Links of London, June 2015

Brand Communication and Promotion

15.6% uplift in advertising expenditure
Figure 31: Recorded above-the-line, online display and direct mail total advertising expenditure on jewellery, 2011-14
Advertising peaks over the festive period
Figure 32: Recorded above-the-line, online display and direct mail total advertising expenditure on jewellery, by month, 2014
H Samuel overtakes Pandora as biggest spender
Figure 33: Recorded above-the-line, online display and direct mail total advertising expenditure on jewellery, by advertiser, 2011-14
Press adverts account for 60% of spend
Figure 34: Recorded above-the-line, online display and direct mail total advertising expenditure on jewellery, by media type, 2014
Figure 35: Recorded above-the-line, online display and direct mail total advertising expenditure on jewellery, by media type, 2011-14
A note on adspend

Companies and Products

Leading specialists: Compound annual growth rates
Figure 36: Visual merchandising in a Pandora concept store, encouraging multiple purchases of stacking rings
Figure 37: Leading jewellery specialists’ compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in net revenues, 2010-13*
Leading specialists: Revenues
Figure 38: The Lola and Grace stand within Swarovski’s Oxford Street store
Figure 39: Leading jewellery specialists’ revenues, 2010-14
Leading specialists: Outlet numbers
Figure 40: Leading jewellery specialists’ outlet numbers, 2010-14
Leading specialists: Sales per outlet
Figure 41: Leading jewellery specialists’ sales per outlet, 2013
Department stores
Independent jewellers
Figure 42: A ring from Mococo’s own-brand Kiss collection, tapping into the trend for rose-gold and mixed metals
Costume jewellery retailers
Figure 43: Accessorize’s Z collection, featuring gold-plated and sterling silver items of jewellery
Fashion stores and mixed goods retailers
Figure 44: A necklace from Topshop’s gold plated jewellery collection
Figure 45: Topman’s ‘Create your own necklace’ range

The Consumer – What You Need to Know

Young women drive self-purchasing activity
Young men buying precious metal jewellery for themselves
Costume jewellery is a popular gifting option
Argos is the retailer of choice for precious metal jewellery
The inability to try on jewellery may be holding back online purchases
Value for money and metal type are the most important qualities to jewellery buyers
More consumers buy jewellery for Mother’s Day than Valentine’s

Purchasing of Jewellery

Silver is the most purchased metal type
Figure 46: Jewellery types purchased in the last five years and/or being considered for purchase in the next six months, June 2015
Precious metal jewellery associated with higher-income households
Costume jewellery is more popular than gold
Figure 47: Jewellery types purchased in the last five years and/or being considered for purchase in the next six months, June 2015
Women buying more precious metal jewellery for themselves
Figure 48: Purchasing of precious metal and costume jewellery – Women, by age, June 2015
Young men buying precious metal jewellery for themselves
Figure 49: Purchasing of precious metal and costume jewellery – Men, by age, June 2015
Young women favour silver; gold appeals to 45-64s
Figure 50: Purchasing of silver jewellery – Women, by age, June 2015
Figure 51: Purchasing of gold jewellery – Women, by age, June 2015
Men’s jewellery purchasing for someone else peaks among 25-34s
Figure 52: Purchasing of any precious metal jewellery – Men, by age, June 2015

Where Jewellery is Purchased

Consumers choose Argos for precious metal jewellery
Figure 53: Retailers used for purchasing precious metal jewellery, either in-store or online, June 2015
Profile of precious metal jewellery shoppers
Figure 54: Profile of precious metal jewellery shoppers, by age and affluence, June 2015
Fashion stores dominate for costume jewellery
Figure 55: Retailers used for purchasing costume jewellery, either in-store or online, June 2015
Figure 56: Costume jewellery from the Freedom by Topshop range
Profile of costume jewellery shoppers
Figure 57: Profile of costume jewellery shoppers, by age and affluence, June 2015
Loyalty among jewellery shoppers
Figure 58: Repertoire of retailers from which precious metal jewellery is purchased, either in-store or online, June 2015
Figure 59: Repertoire of retailers from which costume jewellery is purchased, either in-store or online, June 2015
A third of precious metal jewellery buyers have bought online
Figure 60: Online purchases of jewellery, by gender, June 2015

Attitudes towards Purchasing Jewellery

Figure 61: Consumer attitudes towards purchasing jewellery, June 2015
Choosing jewellery for others is tricky
Figure 62: Gender and age breakdown of consumers who find it tricky to choose jewellery for someone else, June 2015
Multi-wear jewellery taps into consumer desire for customisation
Little interest in additional services such as manicures
Over one in 10 want a relaxation area
Profile of precious metal jewellery shoppers
Figure 63: Profile of precious metal jewellery shoppers and their attitudes towards buying jewellery, by age and affluence, June 2015
Precious metal jewellery buyers are promotionally driven
Figure 64: Gender and age breakdown of consumers who are more likely to buy jewellery that is on promotion, June 2015
Trying on jewellery remains integral to the purchase process
Figure 65: Pandora’s touch-and-feel ring unit encourages trying on in store
Young women are significantly more brand-driven
Figure 66: Breakdown of those who like to buy branded precious metal jewellery, by gender and age, June 2015
Consumers want reassurance on where metals are sourced from
Costume jewellery is bought with an outfit in mind
Figure 67: Women’s attitudes towards buying costume jewellery, by age, June 2015

Factors Affecting the Purchase of Precious Metal Jewellery

Value for money overrides metal type
Figure 68: Factors influencing precious metal jewellery purchases, June 2015
Profile of jewellery shoppers based on the qualities they look for
Figure 69: Profile of precious metal jewellery shoppers and the factors that are most important to them, by age and affluence, June 2015
The young are less concerned with hallmarking
A unique design is more important than being on-trend
The brand and designer are not as vital as other design aspects
Platinum jewellery buyers the most concerned with ethical sourcing
Personalisation important to Millennials

Gifting Occasions for Jewellery

Costume jewellery is a popular gifting option
Figure 70: Occasions for which jewellery is bought as a gift, June 2015
Birthdays are the biggest gifting occasion
Men drive spend for anniversaries and weddings
Figure 71: Most popular gifting occasions – Men, June 2015
Young women drive spend for Mother’s Day
Figure 72: Most popular gifting occasions – Women, June 2015
Repertoire of gifting occasions jewellery has been bought for
Figure 73: Repertoire of gifting occasions that precious metal jewellery has been bought for, May 2015
Figure 74: Repertoire of gifting occasions that costume jewellery has been bought for, May 2015

Appendix – Data Sources and Abbreviations

Data sources
Fan chart forecast
Abbreviations

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