The global costume jewelry market is a dynamic and growing sector, expected to reach $59.7 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 7.8% between 2020 and 2027. The main drivers are growing consumer preference for fashionable, personalized jewelry and the impact of rising gold and silver prices on demand for more affordable, non-precious jewelry. The market is undergoing a transition driven by the fashion industry and the influence of social media on consumer choices. E-commerce is revolutionizing the sector, bringing variety and convenience and attracting a price-conscious population. As for the Italian market, it has seen a substantial increase in costume jewelry exports, reaching almost 357 million euros in the first seven months of 2022, 48% above pre-pandemic levels, indicating strong international demand for Italian-designed pieces.

However, the sector saw a significant drop in sales in 2020, requiring analysis to understand the underlying causes. Demand patterns suggest that purchases are less seasonal and relatively price-elastic compared to fine jewelry. Overall, the sector is adapting to new consumer behaviours and leveraging technology to meet changing demand.

Inclination towards affordable fashion: an overview of the growing costume jewelry market

In recent years, the Italian costume jewelry market has experienced a notable boom, with consumer demand driven by a penchant for affordable, fashion-conscious accessories. Synonymous with style and individual expression, costume jewelry responds to consumers' desire to be versatile and fashionable without having to pay the high price of precious jewelry. This market has seen substantial growth as Italian households have recorded a significant increase in their spending on costume jewelry, signalling a move towards more economical yet fashionable choices. The increase in consumer spending on costume jewelry is part of a global trend, where the industry is set to prosper, with projections estimating the market to reach between $55 and $65 billion by the mid-2020s.

This growth trajectory reflects an elastic demand for costume jewelry, where price-sensitive customers find appeal in the affordable luxury these accessories offer. The less seasonal nature of costume jewelry further differentiates it from its precious counterparts, ensuring more consistent demand throughout the year, not just during traditional peak gift-giving periods. Representing between 10% and 40% of Italian consumers' gift preferences, costume jewelry remains a popular choice for those looking for chic, contemporary designs. The preference is particularly pronounced among male consumers and those living in metropolitan areas, suggesting a demographic tilt in market appeal. Another factor contributing to this growing trend is the surge in gold prices, which has led to an increase in preference for non-precious jewelry among price-sensitive consumers. The average cost of gold has risen by around 25-30% in a recent year-on-year comparison, making the appeal of gold less accessible for many.

In addition, the digital revolution has played an important role in the evolution of the costume jewelry market. With online sales estimated at around $700-800 million, online shopping platforms have succeeded in attracting the younger segment of consumers who value the cost-efficiency and convenience of online shopping. Despite this, consumers still show a strong preference for the tactile experience of traditional jewelry stores, with almost 50% of buyers choosing to "touch and feel" their accessories before committing to a purchase. Social media platforms such as Instagram, WhatsApp Business and Facebook have become increasingly influential, with nearly 30-40% effectiveness as e-commerce marketing tools in the jewelry sector. These digital channels have opened up new channels for customer engagement and transformed the way costume jewelry is marketed and consumed.

Key competitors shaping the costume jewelry landscape The costume jewelry market is a living tapestry of innovation, style and affordability, reflecting the dynamism of current fashion trends and consumer preferences. In this diverse and thriving sector, some key players stand out for their distinctive contributions and specialized offerings.

  • CA&LOU is a relatively new but formidable presence in the field of costume jewelry. Created by designers Carolina Neri and Bérengère Lux, the CA&LOU brand has quickly made a name for itself with its swarovski-embellished jewelry. Renowned for their sophisticated, modern designs with geometric motifs and clean lines, CA&LOU jewels appeal to a clientele seeking luxury aesthetics at costume jewelry prices. Their success lies in their ability to offer opulence and high-end design, while tapping into a penchant for affordable yet distinctive accessories.
  • Angela Caputi Giuggiù, headed by the eponymous Florence-based designer, is synonymous with the creative fusion of art and fashion in the world of plastic jewelry. Angela Caputi's collections are easily recognizable by their bold, artistic character and extensive use of scenic plastics, attracting those in search of the truly unique. His pieces are often seen on the catwalk, adding a dramatic touch to haute couture ensembles. With a focus on distinctive, theatrical designs, Angela Caputi's brand appeals to both fashion connoisseurs and craft enthusiasts.

These market leaders, both operating in the dynamic costume jewelry segment, exemplify the diversity and creativity inherent in the sector. While CA&LOU offers the sparkle of high-end luxury in an affordable package, Angela Caputi Giuggiù tempts the artistic soul with pieces that are as much art as accessory. Together, they position themselves as influential players in a market characterized by personal expression, accessibility and the constant ebb and flow of fashion.

Get all the information you need
to understand this market

Detailed content


  • Number of pages : 30 pages
  • Format : Digital and PDF versions
  • Last update : 14/09/2023
Update Details

Summary and extracts

1 Market summary

1.1 Definition and presentation

The costume jewelry industry-from the French word bijouterie-is identified as a sub-segment of the broader jewelry market. To be classified as imitation jewelry for costume purposes, these items cannot contain more than small amounts of precious metals. They must be made primarily of base metal or non-precious materials (such as wood, glass or plastic). The broader category of costume jewelry, which has the characteristics just mentioned, includes three subcategories which, within the scope of this study, will be treated as one under the name "costume jewelry" since they have the same structural characteristics and differ only in the purpose of their use:

  • Imitation Cost ume Jewelry: reproduction of jewelry with non-precious metals and stones. The term originated around the year 1930 when Hollywood began to prefer imitations rather than actual precious jewelry, mainly for safety issues. This type of jewelry, however, has been around for much longer, since the 1700s when the world of luxury began to be democratized and imitation jewelry allowed less wealthy individuals access to it.
  • Branded costume jewelry also known as fashion jewelry, can still be considered imitation jewelry but is more connected to the latest fashion trends and is often used to make bold statements about one's sense of style without having to spend an inordinate amount of money.
  • Fantasy jewelry these accessories are made from different types of metals and stones such as resins, glass, wood, mother of pearl, etc.

Accessories that are part of the world of personalized and fashion jewelry can be divided according to the type of product, and among the most relevant are:

  • Necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Earrings
  • Rings

Globally, the custom jewelry market is experiencing an extremely prosperous period, driven more by an increasing focus on fashion and its trends than anything else. The market is extremely competitive and has few barriers to entry, being essentially based on the production of jewelry that is non-precious and therefore not made from expensive but aesthetically appealing raw materials.

In Italy, a country where jewelry and craftsmanship have a really important historical significance, households are spending on average more on costume jewelry than in the past, reflecting the global trend toward more affordable jewelry and amplifying it thanks to Italians' passion for handmade pieces.
The number of employees of companies active in the jewelry and costume jewelry sector in this country has consequently increased to account for almost a quarter of total employment in the same sector in the European Union in 2020 [ Eurostat ] .

The costume jewelry segment in Italy appears to be driven primarily by the growing impact of social media on purchasing choices and thus the evolution of online distribution channels, as well as the emergence of new styles and preferences such as personalization and the rising price of gold and silver

The main players in the sector that exclusively sell costume jewelry are "CA&LOU," a young company specializing in the creation of swarovskate jewelry, and Angela Caputi Giuggiù's "Angela Caputi," a designer specializing in the creation of scenic and artistic plastic jewelry. But this segment is also composed of increasingly important players who sell both precious and costume jewelry and come from both the fast fashion world and the world of large online wholesalers.

1.2 The global market

The global costume jewelry industry is a dynamic and growing sector that includes the manufacture and sale of non-precious jewelry and accessories. This market offers a wide range of products, including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, brooches, and more. Costume jewelry is often made of inexpensive materials, such as plated metal, glass, ...

1.3 The Italian costume jewelry market

Regarding the analysis of the Italian jewelry market, it is necessary to dwell on one aspect: in the first seven months of ****, as much as *.* billion euros worth of products were exported outside national borders. In particular, Italian costume jewelry performed exceptionally well in the January-September **** period, touching nearly the figure ...

1.4 Imports and exports in the non-precious stones and costume jewelry sector

As can be seen from the graph below, the export of the product is significantly higher than the value of imports. The only exception is ****, a year in which import growth of ** percent was established, almost reaching the value of exports and, graphically, decreasing the foreign trade coverage ratio. Drastic, however, ...

1.5 COVID-19 Impact

Global manufacturing has been hit by the shock caused by the pandemic, having recorded the lowest rate of expansion of industrial activity in the past decade. According to expectations, none of the major industrialized areas of the planet managed to avoid a sharp decline in value added in ****, with the exception ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 Demand characteristics

Demand for imitation jewelry and all of its subcategories is relatively elastic, as customers in this type of market are usually sensitive to changes in price, which, being lower than for fine jewelry, is one of the determinants of demand growth in the sector. In addition, this type of market is ...

2.2 Factors influencing demand

The demand of the jewelry industry, both precious and costume jewelry, was once strongly influenced by the search for a product that is unique, pure, and composed of rare materials. The ostentatious attitude is now supplanted by new and different needs. Purchases, today, are strongly influenced by the social interaction of ...

2.3 Geographical distribution of demand

To visualize the geographic distribution, a map was constructed with monthly household spending in the field of costume jewelry and jewelry. The northeast presents the highest figure, with *.* €/month, followed by the northwest, where spending is *.** €/month while, in the south, households spend an average of only *.** €/month on costume jewelry ...

2.4 Social Content

The analysis offered by Format Research, based on a sample of twenty-four cases who used social to purchase precious jewelry and costume jewelry, highlights aspects about this type of experience. The social content that most influenced and determined consumers' choice of product, regardless of whether they purchased it at the jewelry ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Market structure

Within the Italian jewelry industry, luxury and non-luxury, four categories of players can be distinguished: micro, small, medium and large enterprises. Further distribution is based on the two main stages of the supply chain, creating two classes: production and distribution. The vast majority of companies in Italy are small, characterized by ...

3.2 Competition and strategy

Historically, the Italian gold sector has developed following the typical dynamics of industrial districts. The term "industrial district," coined by Alfred Marshall in the second half of the **th century, identifies a socio-economic entity formed by a set of enterprises that are part of the same production system located within a ...

3.3 Distribution channels

The main distribution channels active in the jewelry and costume jewelry market in Italy are:

Traditional jewelry stores: traditional jewelry stores are identified with the figure of the jeweler and remain one of the most popular places to buy jewelry, watches and silverware. Within a jewelry store you can choose from ...

3.4 Main actors

LEO FRANCE - S.R.L.: Leo France makes both costume jewelry and accessories for clothing, bags and other leather goods, trying to transform the ideas proposed by the big fashion houses, into high quality items with excellent value for money. GIMET BRASS S.R.L.: Gimet Brass is a company ...

4 Supply analysis

4.1 The composition of the product offering

Costume jewelry often incorporates the following metals and materials:

Non-precious metals: brass, steel, zinc casting, tin casting, vermeil; Semi-precious metals: silver, gold- or silver-plated brass and other alloys; Non-metallic materials: leather, fabric, resins, ropes, natural wood, coconut shavings, dyed or engraved or cracked shells, etc; Non-precious or semiprecious stones, including crystals ...

4.2 Prices of major categories of jewelry and costume jewelry

it is evident that the market is mainly divided into two segments: high-end jewelry-precious jewelry-and costume jewelry. Between the two, we can identify an intermediate segment, called "Bridge Jewelry," which includes jewelry products made of silver and semi-precious materials.

Source: ****

Regarding the free on board (***) price should be calculated to ...

4.3 Trends in CPI and prices for the sector

The Harmonized Consumer Price Index category "Jewelry, watches, and clocks (***)" is a classification of durable goods that includes precious stones and metals and jewelry made from such stones and metals; costume jewelry, cufflinks and tie clips, clocks, watches, stopwatches, alarm clocks, travel clocks, and repair of such items

We can then ...

5 Rules and regulations

5.1 Market regulatory framework

The Consumer Code(***) harmonizes and reorganizes regulations on purchasing and consumption processes in order to ensure a high level of consumer and user protection in compliance with the Constitution and in accordance with the principles of European Union law.

Safety, composition and quality of products constitute the essential content of information ...

6 Positioning of actors

6.1 Segmentation

  • CA&LOU
  • Angela Caputi Giuggiù
  • Swarovski Group
  • H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB jewelry
  • Bershka
  • Pandora

List of charts

  • Dimensione del mercato della bigiotteria
  • Value of production
  • Value of turnover
  • Import - Export costume jewelry
  • Distribution of exports among the top 5 consumer countries
Show more Hide

All our studies are available online in PDF format

Take a look at an example of our research on another market!

Do you have a question about this study?   +44 238 097 0676

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Angela Caputi Giuggiù
Swarovski Group
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB jewelry

Choosing this study means :

Access to more than 35 hours of work

Our studies are the result of over 35 hours of research and analysis. Using our studies allows you to devote more time and added value to your projects.

Benefit from 6 years' experience and over 1,500 industry reports already produced

Our expertise enables us to produce comprehensive studies in all sectors, including niche and emerging markets.

Our know-how and methodology enable us to produce reports that offer unique value for money.

Access to several thousand articles and paid-for data

Businesscoot has access to all the paid economic press as well as exclusive databases to carry out its market research (over 30,000 articles and private sources).

To enhance our research, our analysts also use web indicators (semrush, trends, etc.) to identify market trends and company strategies. (Consult our paying sources)

Guaranteed support after your purchase

A team dedicated to after-sales service, to guarantee you a high level of satisfaction. +44 238 097 0676

A digital format designed for our users

Not only do you have access to a PDF, but also to a digital version designed for our customers. This version gives you access to sources, data in Excel format and graphics. The content of the study can therefore be easily retrieved and adapted for your specific needs.

Our offers :

the costume jewelry market | Italy

89 €
  • What are the figures on the size and growth of the market?
  • What is driving the growth of the market and its evolution?
  • What is the positioning of companies in the value chain?
  • Data from several dozen databases

5 reports pack (-15%) IT Italy

75.6 € / study
378 € instead of 445 € -15%
  • 5 reports at €75.6 excluding VAT per study to choose from our Italian catalogue for 12 months
  • Save 15% on additional studies purchased
  • Choose to be refunded any unused credit at the end of the 12-month period (duration of the pack)

See the terms and conditions of the pack and the refund of unused credit.


Our customer references

They have consulted our studies Discover the opinions (+500)

Malcolm Vincent
Linkedin logo

Malcolm Vincent

Astoria Finance

Gregoire de Castelnau
Linkedin logo

Gregoire de Castelnau

Stags Participations

Timothé Huignard
Linkedin logo

Timothé Huignard


Paul-Alexis Kebabtchieff
Linkedin logo

Paul-Alexis Kebabtchieff


Aymeric Granet
Linkedin logo

Aymeric Granet

Publicis Consultant

interviews & case studies All interviews and case studies (45)

La pépite Interview

BFM Business

Paul-Alexis Kebabtchieff

Boston Consulting Group

Marie Guibart

Kea Partners

Elaine, Durand

Crédit Agricole, Information & Veille

Philippe Dilasser

Initiative & Finance

Anne Baudry


Amaury Wernert

Kroll (Duff & Phelps)

Smart Leaders Interview


Do you have a question ?
Our team is at your disposal at   +44 238 097 0676