Affluent Millennials Expected to Spend More on Fine Jewelry

SurveysMay 11, 2016

Affluent Millennials Expected to Spend More on Fine Jewelry

Though luxury spending is predicted to decrease by 1 percent in 2016, high-income millennials and Generation X will play a bigger role in fine jewelry purchases, a recent study predicts.

New York--The high-earners of the millennial generation will have a big impact on the fine jewelry market this year, according to YouGov’s Affluent Perspective Global Study.

The study is based on insights from 5,196 affluent respondents across 12 countries.

In the United States, respondents were divided into three categories: the base affluent ($150,000 to $199,000 in household income), middle affluent ($200,000 to $349,000) and upper affluent ($350,000 and over).

Overall, the study found that fine jewelry purchases are expected to decrease 11 percent to $14.4 billion this year, while watch purchases are predicted to decrease by more than 3 percent to a market value of $6.7 billion in 2016.

While spending on jewelry and watches is expected to drop, affluent millennials are expected to really step up their spending this year.

According to the study, the generation’s purchasing of fine jewelry could increase by as much as 22 percent in 2016, while spending on watches could rise by 10 percent.

Affluent members of Generation X also are expected to increase their spending in fine jewelry by nearly 7 percent, while watch spending will be nearly flat.

Overall, YouGov has forecasted about a 1 percent reduction in luxury spending this year among all affluent groups, with the exceptions being millennials and America’s 400,000 wealthiest households, whose spending is expected to increase by 8 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

“It’s important not to lose sight of the fact that this year, Boomers and Gen X together will spend 4.5 times more than the millennials across the nine categories we monitor,” said Cara David, managing partner at YouGov. “Marketers should be
careful not to sacrifice one for the other.”

In 2016, discretionary spending across the nine categories that YouGov monitors in its study is expected to reach $277 billion, which is a $2 billion decrease from 2015. Only two of those categories will see an increase this year--travel (up 10 percent) and fine dining (up 5 percent).

The remaining seven, which includes fine jewelry, all are expected to see decreases. Spending on apparel, accessories, handbags, home items, and fine jewelry and watches will see a cumulative 11 percent decrease in spending, from $132 billion in 2015 to $117 billion this year.
“It’s important not to lose sight of the fact that this year, Boomers and Gen X together will spend 4.5 times more than the millennials across the nine categories we monitor. Marketers should be careful not to sacrifice one for the other.”--Cara David, YouGov
YouGov also found that people are being introduced to the luxury market at earlier ages. The study shows that 90 percent of affluent millennials have already been introduced to luxury by the age of 37. Only 72 percent of those in Gen X, 61 percent of baby boomers and 55 percent of “matures” had their first experiences by this age.

For most millennials, this introduction into the luxury market came as a result of its being gifted to them, with the early adoption among the generation mostly as a result of their parents serving as the catalyst.

Millennials also cited price as the number one indicator of luxury, David noted.

“For luxury brands and luxury brand managers, this means that there is a need to help them evolve from a relatively immature consumer to one that will come to appreciate the true value of luxury including the artistry and craftsmanship of the product or experience itself,” she said.
Brecken Branstratoris the senior editor, gemstones at National Jeweler, covering sourcing, pricing and other developments in the colored stone sector.

The Latest

Elton John’s leopard print Rolex Daytona watch
AuctionsFeb 22, 2024
Elton John’s Leopard-Print Rolex Roars at Auction

Two Cartier watches also topped their estimates at Christie’s “The Collection of Sir Elton John: Goodbye Peachtree Road” evening sale.

Buccellati header
TrendsFeb 22, 2024
Buccellati to Open ‘Prince of Goldsmiths’ Exhibition

Set to be held in Venice, it’s a look through the maison’s history.

813-carat “Constellation” diamond in rough form
SourcingFeb 22, 2024
Lucara, HB Group Partnership Revived

It is another 10-year sales agreement in which all the larger rough recovered from the Karowe mine will go to HB Group for manufacturing.

GIA id100
Brought to you by
Full Disclosure at Your Fingertips

Distinguishing natural diamonds from laboratory-grown stones – now more available than ever – has been difficult for jewelers. Until now.

Sebastian Clarke and Katherine van Dell of Heritage Auctions
AuctionsFeb 22, 2024
Heritage Auctions Adds 2 New Hires to West Palm Beach Office

Sebastian Clarke and Katherine van Dell, frequent appraisers on “Antiques Roadshow,” will join the new office.

Weekly QuizFeb 22, 2024
This Week’s Quiz
Test your jewelry news knowledge with this short test.
Take the Quiz
National Jeweler columnist Sherry Smith
ColumnistsFeb 21, 2024
On Data: January Was a ‘Mixed Bag’ for Independent Jewelers

Sherry Smith dishes on the month’s highs and lows and the two categories consumers were loving ahead of Valentine’s Day.

Stock image of diamonds
GradingFeb 21, 2024
GIA’s Same-Day Service Now Available Everywhere

The new service, introduced to stem fraud related to lab-grown diamonds, will be offered at no cost for the time being.

flashforge pic.png
Brought to you by
WaxJet: Revolution in Jewelry Manufacturing

The WaxJet 400, recognized as the world's fastest wax printer, is bringing in a new era of precision and efficiency to industry.

Jam + Rico Claire’s jewelry
CollectionsFeb 21, 2024
Jam + Rico Debuts Second Claire’s Collection

Founder Lisette Scott was inspired by the intricacy, colors, and symbolism of African art and architecture.

Rapaport logo
SourcingFeb 21, 2024
Rapaport to Hold Another Natural Pearl Auction

Viewings start this week in New York and bidding will close on March 8.

National Jeweler columnist Peter Smith
ColumnistsFeb 20, 2024
Squirrel Spotting: Life After Rolex

Peter Smith shares advice from independent jewelers who used losing this cornerstone brand as a catalyst for reinvention.

Neile Adams McQueen and Steve McQueen
AuctionsFeb 20, 2024
Jewels from Neile Adams McQueen Shine at Bonhams

All 13 lots belonging to the actress and first wife of Steve McQueen sold at the recent “California Jewels” sale.

Stuller bench jeweler
Events & AwardsFeb 20, 2024
Stuller to Host Bench Jeweler Workshop in March

Registration is also open for its “Battle of the Benches” challenge.

Mary Ball Gorman of Henry B. Ball Jewelers
IndependentsFeb 16, 2024
Mary Ball Gorman of Henry B. Ball Jewelers Dies at 99

Gorman was an industry trailblazer, serving as the first female treasurer of Jewelers of America.

Jade Ruzzo gold and diamond Tennessee Torque necklace
CollectionsFeb 16, 2024
Piece of the Week: Jade Ruzzo’s Tribute to Tennessee

The movement of the 18-karat gold and diamond “Tennessee Torque” necklace is subtle.

Jared Goff and Claudia Cividino
MajorsFeb 15, 2024
Detroit Lions’ QB Jared Goff Going to Jared

Goff, whose fans hold up “He Went to Jared” signs at games, has signed a partnership with the retailer.

De Beers Venetia diamond mine
SourcingFeb 15, 2024
De Beers’ Production Down 8% in 2023

The company recovered 31.9 million carats of diamonds in 2023, compared with 34.6 million in 2022.

Gina D’Onofrio Heritage Auctions
AuctionsFeb 15, 2024
Heritage Auctions Names New Co-Director of Fine Jewelry

Industry veteran Gina D’Onofrio has rejoined the auction house.

Indian Diamond and Colorstone Association (IDCA) awards
Events & AwardsFeb 15, 2024
IDCA Hands Out Awards in Tucson

The association also celebrated its 40th anniversary.

A selection of engagement rings
TrendsFeb 14, 2024
5 Engagement Ring Trends for 2024

From three-stone rings to fancy shapes, experts weigh in on what consumers could be looking for this year.

Boucheron Power of Couture
CollectionsFeb 14, 2024
Boucheron’s New High Jewelry Collection Pays Homage to Ceremony, History

“Power of Couture” recalls Frédéric Boucheron’s love of fabric using diamonds and rock crystal.

Rough diamonds from Gahcho Kue diamond mine
SourcingFeb 14, 2024
De Beers’ Rough Diamond Sales Improve Slightly

The diamond miner and marketer said “solid” holiday sales in the U.S. helped stabilize the industry.

Jonker I Diamonds
SourcingFeb 14, 2024
‘100 Carats’ Exhibition Opens at LA Museum

A new display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County features dozens of gemstones each weighing 100 carats or more.

Grand Seiko New York City flagship
WatchesFeb 14, 2024
See Inside Grand Seiko’s New NYC Flagship

Located on Madison Avenue, the store is its largest in the world.

GIA logo
GradingFeb 14, 2024
GIA Offering Discounts on Jade Reports

The 20 percent off promotion will run through March 31.

KIL Promotions NYC Spring Jewelry and Object Show
Events & AwardsFeb 14, 2024
KIL NYC Show Returns for Spring Edition

Its second trade event will feature vintage pieces and contemporary collections.

Lydia Courteille Lips ring
TrendsFeb 13, 2024
Amanda’s Style File: Symbols of Love

When it comes to Valentine’s Day jewels, the fun doesn’t stop at hearts.


This site uses cookies to give you the best online experience. By continuing to use & browse this site, we assume you agree to our Privacy Policy