While luxury goods have suffered in recent months, retailers at Eclat de Mode were confident that consumers will continue to purchase low-cost items to boost their spirits.
"Fantasy jewelry is not affected as dramatically as high-end jewelry because the investment is different," said Sylvia Buhler, buyer at L’Arcade, a 1,100-square-foot jewelry boutique in Geneva.
"People still want pretty things, though they may not want to spend as much as a few years ago," agreed Lannah Dunn, owner of Lannah Dunn Fine Jewelry in Toowoomba, Australia.
To that end, Dunn took a price-conscious approach to purchases and was seeking colorful yet conservative pieces for spring.
However, Andrea Cusi, buyer for the 120-door Sanborns drugstore chain based in Mexico, was adjusting her buying habits. Due to the difficult economic climate, Cusi said she was shopping with a tighter budget than previous seasons and noted that she was looking at both ends of the price spectrum.
"I’ll be looking for less expensive items and high-end pieces for people who are still buying," she said.
Louise Massey, owner of the two-door Dublin-based Concepts, was also taking a conservative approach to the season and planned to buy less than usual, reordering later if necessary. "I’m looking for nice gems and color," she added.
"I only buy colored items," said Diana Wilson, owner of Diana Wilson Jewelry, a small shop-in-shop in the Channel Islands. Wilson noted that bigger is better for spring jewelry and added that she had found some oversized copper pieces at the Satellite booth.
"There’s a return to bigger jewelry," said Daniel Ouaki, president of Satellite, a jewelry collection. "It’s not like it was in the Eighties, but it’s in that spirit. Consumers want more spectacular pieces."
Among Satellite’s bestsellers was the "Mona" collection, which featured orange, blue, mauve, topaz, turquoise and pink stones, and ranged in retail price from $32.50 for a pair of earrings to $325 for a bracelet.