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Turbo-charge your online jewelry sales with enchanting product descriptions and web copy.
Glittering. Shimmering. Sparkling. Just the mention of jewel-like qualities brings to mind images of magnificent baubles that catch the eye and stir the imagination. But even with such a compelling product, sales don’t necessarily come easy.
In today’s fast-paced market, the competition for jewelry & accessories customers is extraordinarily fierce. You’re not only competing with jewelry stores downtown or the chain-store jewelers in the mall, you’re dealing with the world of online jewelry purveyors and designers, and even craftspeople selling their homemade goods on Etsy.
Up until recently, Pandora, David Yurman, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co dominated the sector. “In 2020, high-end fashion houses have begun entering the jewelry market, as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and others are slowly introducing jewelry as part of their brand,” according to Save My Cent.
The result is an entire universe of shiny objects all competing for your customers’ interest.
If you’re a DIY type, get started writing about your jewelry products. But if the thoughts don’t flow naturally or writing product descriptions isn’t the best use of your time, a professional jewelry copywriter can put into words the unique and special qualities of each item. She can craft writing that creates a mental picture for the customer, complementing the beautiful product photos on your jewelry website or in your jewelry catalog.
Well-written product descriptions of jewelry and accessories can make a world of difference for your business. They do the selling for you. A product description copywriter can portray your jewelry in ways that entice customers to reach for their wallet.
I once worked with a jewelry designer who could talk about her creations in the most elegant terms, but yet her website was ineffective at moving product.
A quick review of her site made the reason apparent. She’d resorted to mundane, generic product descriptions. She used terms like pretty and beautiful, but none of the captivating imagery that created color-filled pictures in the mind, words which flowed effortlessly from her when talking about her jewelry.
The fix was easy. I asked her to tell me about each jewelry piece. She told me what had inspired their designs, the characteristics that made them unique and special, and any history that went along with their evolution in becoming prized pieces of her collection.
I then translated her spoken words into scintillating product descriptions. The new jewelry descriptions, complete with in-depth product information, conveyed her enthusiasm for each piece as well as her personality. They soon became the new standard for all jewelry and accessories featured on her website, in her printed catalog and in her ads.
Don’t discount the narrative behind your jewelry. If you’ve ever watched the TV series American Pickers, then you know stories are valuable. The two guys who own the business reselling antiques are always willing to pay more for an item if it comes with a good story, whether about how an item was made, who originally owned it or what role it played in history.
The same holds true for marketing jewelry and accessories. That’s why franchises like Kay Jewelers come up with creations like Open Hearts by Jane Seymour®. It allows them to attach a story that adds symbolism and meaning to their pieces, which results in increased sales.
Think about the wedding industry. What bride wouldn’t want an engagement ring that comes with its own symbolic love story? (Bonus points if the packaging is unique and storied; think Tiffany Blue Box®.) Emulate the brands you love in your jewelry descriptions but add your own personal touch.
If you’re a jewelry designer, write about where you draw your inspiration. How do you come up with your ideas? How do those ideas translate into meaningful designs?
If you’re a jewelry retailer, craft copy that tells visitors where you obtain your gems and materials, and how that makes them special.
I worked with a jewelry retailer who sold unique pieces made by Colombian craftsmen in a remote village, most of whom had learned their skills from their parents and grandparents. Their artisan designs had been passed down through the generations and were unique to their little village.
Telling that story on the retailer’s website immediately added intrigue and value to their products, allowing her to sell her jewelry at premium prices. It generated sales. And it also gave her get media coverage, as several fashion magazines profiled her and her jewelry designs.
If you’re establishing an e-commerce company to sell jewelry or accessories online, it can be extremely difficult to stand out. One of the most effective techniques you can use is to choose a niche, a highly specific subset of jewelry creations.
Need some examples? Consider niches such as:
You get the idea. By catering to a niche market, you attract loyal customers seeking exactly what you sell and who are delighted to have found your curated collection.
People buy from companies (and websites) they know, like and trust. So one of the most important objectives in writing your jewelry website and marketing materials should be gaining the trust of your customers.
As you can imagine, many people are naturally wary of jewelry sellers. After all, how many of us can tell the difference between a diamond and cubic zirconia or a designer original and something that’s a clever copy?
Alleviating those concerns can be done with a well-written liberal return policy and clearly stated guarantee.
Testimonials written by satisfied customers (and edited by a professional copywriter if needed) can also go long way toward convincing visitors that you’re legit and your products are of good quality.
According to Qualtrics XM in its 2020 online review statistics, 93% of customers read online reviews before buying a product. And 91% of people trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, per RevLocal.
Several technology-related trends in the jewelry industry are helping to drive online sales and will likely play an even bigger role in the near future.
Social Commerce — Instagram has its shoppable posts feature, which allows consumers to purchase products directly from a post on its site. Other social media platforms are sure to follow.
You don’t have to direct customers to a link that leads to your website. Instead, they can discover, select, purchase and checkout/pay for your products without ever leaving Instagram.
“This creates a seamless experience for the user and allows you to advertise your products without being too promotional,”says a Hubspot article on “How to Sell on Instagram Using Shoppable Posts.”
Ethical Jewelry — There’s growing pressure on the jewelry industry to create sustainable and ethical jewelry that is shaping new trends in e-commerce, fair trade, recycled, blockchain technologies and eco-friendly, lab-grown diamonds.
Sustainable jewelry is sourced and manufactured with the least environmental impact. The jewelry industry’s sustainable practices include carbon neutral goals at every level including mining, packaging, shipping, and wind and solar powered production sites.
The global trend for sustainable jewelry has grown each year as evidenced by online searches, rising from 166 searches per month in 2018 to 2,548 in 2022, a 1,434% increase, according to a 2022 report on ethical jewelry trends.
Augmented Reality — Although less immersive than virtual reality, augmented reality helps tighten the gap between customer expectations and the actual product they receive when they order. By blurring this boundary, retailers can provide a better shopping experience and see a reduction in product returns.
For example, a jewelry try-on application will allow customers to virtually try on necklaces they’re thinking about buying. And it will let them customize products and see how they look before making a selection, such as when choosing the size and shape of a diamond in a particular setting. Since the Covid pandemic, these types of virtual capabilities have been vital to online sales.
360-degree Videos — Online jewelry sales are also likely to get a boost from 360-degree videos that rotate to show every aspect of a jewelry piece from every angle. The technology exists and is easy to apply to a jewelry e-commerce site.
M-commerce — More jewelry shopping experiences are taking place on mobile phones than ever before. And that trend is unlikely to slow, especially as cell phone screens get larger and sharper. “Driven by the continuously growing number of mobile users, mobile commerce (m-commerce) will also result in a booming mobile payment trend,” according to Picup Media.
If your jewelry e-commerce website isn’t mobile-friendly, you’re losing customers. Ideally, your customers should be able to use their phone to do a product search, compare multiple products, chat with a product assistant if they have questions, make a purchase and pay for it — all without leaving your site.
Other trends like Virtual Jewelry Consultations; Buy Now, Pay Later; and Shop Online, Pick Up in Store (also known as Click and Collect); are destined to gain favor among jewelry customers.
If you’re among those online jewelry stores already capitalizing on these trends, be sure to let your customers know on your website, as that’s an important selling point. A jewelry copywriter can help you figure out what to say that will entice customers and give them confidence when making a purchase from your site.
The global jewelry industry is valued at $249.02 billion as of 2021. The U.S. jewelry market is expected to grow by a CAGR of 1.31% from 2021 to 2026 and earn $61.868 billion in revenue by 2026. Online jewelry sales amounted to over $7.7 billion in 2022 in the U.S. That’s a big pie with plenty of opportunity even for the smallest of e-commerce jewelry sellers!
Use your jewelry website to sell your products worldwide and continue growing your business.
For fashion jewelry, the market as measured by retail value is concentrated among five top consuming countries:
For luxury jewelry, the U.S. overwhelmingly dominates as the top consumer market, followed by Japan, France, China and Italy, according to Co Data writing on the size of the global jewelry market. And new trends, such as permanent jewelry (welded rings, bracelets and earrings sans clasps), which fits with the currently popular minimalistic aesthetic, have seen a spike in interest over the last year.
A jewelry copywriter will help you engage your audience, no matter where they’re located in the world, with smartly written promotions and vibrant product descriptions.
To carve out your piece of the competitive global jewelry market, you need every possible tool at your disposal. A skilled jewelry copywriter is worth her weight in gold!
She can help you gain visibility and engage your audience with smartly written promotions and product descriptions that sparkle. When you shine brighter than the competition in both product and marketing, your potential success as an e-commerce jewelry seller is unlimited!
Susan Greene is a professional copywriter based in Orlando, Florida. She and her team of experienced writers are adept at crafting jewelry product descriptions that generate global sales and build enduring brands.