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Largest global jewelry markets 2016, by country

China, the United States and India were the three most important jewelry markets in the world as of 2016, with market values of around 112, 62, and 41 billion U.S. dollars respectively. The global jewelry market was valued at approximately 271 billion U.S. dollars in 2018 and was forecast to reach a value of 645 billion U.S. dollars by 2035.

Global jewelry market

Jewelry is one of the most ancient and enduring forms of personal expression and ornamentation. Jewelry comes in many different forms, with necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets some of the most common types of jewelry. Jewelry can vary greatly depending on its classification. Fashion or costume jewelry is typically made with inexpensive materials and imitation gems and thus is modestly priced, whereas jewelry made from precious metals and gemstones falls within the personal luxury goods segment and is much more expensive. Diamonds, for example, are probably the most iconic gemstone used in jewelry production, thought of by many as a symbol of everlasting love and luxury. In 2017, the diamond jewelry market was valued at about 82 billion U.S. dollars worldwide.

Largest jewelry markets worldwide in 2016, by country

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December 2016



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