Why high-end jewellers believe in launching collections and how they do it

A jewellery collection is more than just a simple assortment of pieces; it embodies a meticulous process of research and thoughtful curation, Priyanka Talreja Garegrat finds out

Post By : IJ News Service On 08 March 2024 8:48 AM

Each jewellery collection narrates a unique tale, with every individual piece assuming the role of a significant character within that story. The process of curating a collection is different for each brand, and is backed by strategies specific to what the brand stands for.

Ishu Datwani, Anmol Jewellers, Mumbai, emphasizes the importance of storytelling in the collections of his brand, stating, “Our collections are centred around storytelling. We commence by identifying a compelling theme or narrative, and then carefully selecting pieces that harmonize with it across diverse styles and price ranges. Our focus lies on creating a seamless and emotionally engaging experience through presentation and marketing, setting our brand apart in the process.”

Yash Agarwal, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, Jaipur, echoes this sentiment, stating, “Collections that narrate captivating stories demand a strategy that blends elements of storytelling, brand identification, market research, and artistic vision. Jewellery  curation with a deliberate focus on storytelling involves compelling narratives that engage the target audience, foster emotional connections, and effectively help differentiate the brand in a competitive market.”

Collections That Leave an Indelible Impression

Within the realm of jewellery, every brand aspires to unveil a collection that not only meets the highest creative standards, but also results in conversions. Datwani reveals that striking a balance between sales and creativity is important. “Our 'Tick Tock' collection not only met creative benchmarks, but also stirred a buzz on social media. The narrative revolved around movement, mirroring the dynamic nature of time itself.

“The collection's highlight was the kinetic pendants, featuring intricate designs with a circular base outside, and diverse elements like dolphins, elephants, or words like ‘Love’ inside, rotating 360 degrees. This not only added visual allure, but also symbolized the perpetual motion of time. By immersing customers in this narrative of perpetual motion and the passage of time, we crafted a collection that resonated deeply with customers, sparking significant engagement and driving sales.”

But where does the inspiration come from? Datwani emphasizes that it can be drawn from diverse sources, ranging from cultural heritage to contemporary trends and personal experiences. For Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, its iconic collection, ‘Amer’, found inspiration in cultural heritage. Agarwal explains, “The ‘Amer’ collection is a testament to the power of storytelling in achieving success. Inspired by the rich cultural legacy of Amer, a historic city in Rajasthan,  the collection pays homage to the splendid  palaces, exquisite architecture, and vibrant culture of the city. It transports consumers to an era of regal magnificence and grandeur, creating an immersive experience that resonates with the essence of the historic city.”

Staying Attuned to the  Heartbeat of the Market

Crafting a collection that resonates with the ever-evolving preferences of today's customers is a formidable challenge. Datwani explains, “We conduct thorough market research and actively seek customer feedback. Our approach includes trend forecasting, attending trade shows, collaborating with trend forecasters, and staying abreast of fashion forecasts. The agility in our product development process allows us to swiftly adapt to changing market dynamics and seize emerging trends.”

For Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, the cornerstone is research and collaboration. Agarwal says, “We gather customer insights through various channels, including in-store interactions, surveys, and social media platforms, to gain a deep understanding of their needs and expectations. Additionally, we foster collaborations with fashion designers, influencers, celebrities, and other key stakeholders to tap into new markets and infuse fresh perspectives into our collections.”

Collections For the Heart

Amidst collections showcasing artistry and contemporary trends, some are crafted to tug at the strings of the heart. Speaking about his most emotionally resonant collection, Agarwal refers to the 'Adrishya' (invisible) collection, saying, “This collection captured clients with its distinctive concept and emotional depth, drawing inspiration from the invisible threads that bind people to their loved ones across distances and time. The 'Adrishya' collection sought to transform the intangible bonds of love, friendship, and family into tangible jewellery pieces.

“Each item aimed to evoke feelings of closeness and devotion. The collection features interlaced motifs that share secret messages, and symbolic elements that create a sense of intimacy and togetherness. Whether through a pair of earrings hinting at a shared secret, or a pendant symbolizing eternal love, each piece conveys a personal tale, establishing a profound emotional connection with clients.”

Similarly, Anmol Jewellers found emotional resonance in its Mother's Day collection, titled the 'Mother's Embrace.' Datwani says, “Featuring designs adorned with mom and baby elephant motifs in bracelets, pendants, and rings, this collection struck a deep chord with the clientele. The symbolism of maternal love resonated powerfully, transcending the realm of mere jewellery to become a heartfelt expression of love and appreciation for mothers and mother figures.”

Adapting to Seasonal Trends in Collections

India is a land of celebrations, and jewellery often has to keep up with the different seasons of celebration that the country transitions through. Datwani notes, “The jewellery industry's seasonal nature is a crucial factor influencing our curation strategy. During peak seasons, coinciding with weddings and festive occasions, such as Diwali and Dhanteras, our focus shifts to crafting intricate, celebratory collections. These showcase traditional designs and heirloom-style jewellery.

“However, it's not a one-size-fits-all approach; during the off-season, typically from May to July, we pivot to offering lighter, versatile pieces suitable for everyday wear, in alignment with prevailing trends. This seasonal ebb and flow guides our design decisions, marketing initiatives, and inventory management, allowing us to tailor our offerings to the unique demands of each season, and maximize sales opportunities effectively.”

Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers has a strategic approach to deal with the unpredictable nature of the jewellery market. Says Agarwal, “Our method involves designing collections in response to specific seasonal trends, events, and occasions. For instance, we may unveil lighter, more brilliant designs for spring and summer, while focusing on richer, luxurious pieces for the fall and winter. Tailoring collections for major events, such as weddings, festivals, or holidays, is also part of our strategy. By staying attuned to seasonal shifts in consumer preferences and market demand, we ensure that our collections remain relevant, timely, and appealing to clients throughout the year.”

The Irresistible Allure of Limited Editions

The popularity of limited editions has soared within the jewellery industry, and the question arises: Why do they work? Datwani sheds light on the impact of limited editions on customer perceptions. “The term 'limited edition’, when attached to the launch of a jewellery collection, profoundly influences customer perceptions by instilling a sense of urgency and exclusivity. This is amplified by the modern GenZ phenomenon, FOMO (fear of missing out). This urgency encourages swift customer action before the limited-edition items vanish. Moreover, the introduction of limited editions reinforces the brand's commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction. Acquiring these exclusive pieces fosters a deeper connection to the brand, significantly increasing the likelihood of customers becoming repeat buyers.”

Agarwal further emphasizes the pivotal role of limited editions, stating, “The limited availability of the jewellery cultivates an air of exclusivity, compelling buyers to act swiftly before these unique pieces are no longer accessible. This urgency not only boosts sales, but also establishes a profound psychological bond with the brand, as customers feel honoured to own something rare and exceptional. Overall, limited editions contribute to Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers's brand image as a purveyor of elegance, sophistication, and exclusivity.”

Demystifying  the Formula for Establishing Deep Emotional Connect

For jewellery brands, collections keep changing, but capturing consumer interest throughout the year is crucial to ensure repeat sales. The challenge lies in not just earning trust, but consistently engaging customers and maintaining an emotional connection. Datwani sheds light on this challenge, stating, “Establishing a personal and emotional bond with customers is paramount for brand recall and loyalty at Anmol. We achieve this by infusing meaningful design elements and ensuring top-notch craftsmanship. Additionally, transparently conveying our brand values, ethics, and the inspiration behind each collection fosters trust and authenticity, ultimately deepening the emotional connection with our brand.”

It is evident that brands must continuously navigate the intricate interplay of artistry and strategic foresight to ensure the success of their collections. Whether through the enchanting storytelling approach, or through the emotional resonance meticulously embedded in each piece, jewellers employ many methodologies to leave a lasting impact. For them, successfully capturing the market's pulse, staying attuned to seasonal shifts, and adding the allure of limited editions is paramount for forging a lasting connection with the clientele.


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