The Most Popular Piece of Jewelry on Amazon–Hint, It’s Not a Diamond Ring

When it comes to self-expression, it’s hard to think of anything more tried and true than wearing jewelry. Carved shell beads estimated to be between 90,000 and 100,000 years old are the oldest known pieces of jewelry made by human beings, making jewelry one of the oldest types of archaeological artifacts in existence.

It’s no wonder, then, that jewelry has remained a consistently powerful and lucrative industry. Specific trends may change over time, but the desire to express yourself by wearing jewelry isn’t going anywhere.

To celebrate National Jewel Day, which falls on March 13th every year, we decided to do a deep dive into online demand for jewelry: Which types of jewelry are the most popular online? When do people do the most online shopping for jewelry? Which holidays drive the most demand? And how has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we shop for jewelry?

To find out the answer to these questions and more, our data science team analyzed market demand for gems, jewels, and jewelry on Amazon over the past few years.

Which types of jewelry were the most popular in 2021?

We started by examining total market demand in all of 2021 for different types of jewelry. Here’s how demand for the top four most popular types compared to one another:

Note, these percentages do not represent the percent of overall total demand, but are simply comparing the total demand distributed among these four primary jewelry types.

Of these four primary types of jewelry, earrings were the most popular, making up 41% of the combined demand among these top four.

Rings were also quite popular, though, earning more demand than necklaces and bracelets combined.

Next we examined different types of gems and jewels.

Rose quartz was the most in-demand gemstone on this list, seeing an impressive 88% more demand than second place amethyst.

Diamonds, which you might expect to top such a list, came in third. This may be the result of weaning demand or a simple indicator that consumers are far more likely to turn to jewelry stores when shopping for diamonds.

Finally, we combined terms from both of the above charts and examined hundreds of types of jewelry. Here are the top 25 in terms of total demand in 2021:

Based on our previous charts you might assume that a type of diamond earring might be the most popular item on this chart, but pearl necklaces were far and away the most popular type of jewelry, earning far more demand than the second most popular item: rose quartz necklaces.

The next five most popular items were all rings: moonstone, opal, diamond, emerald, and turquoise.

Interestingly, while earrings are the most popular type of jewelry, earrings with jewels in them are decidedly out. The only specific type of earring on this list were pearl earrings, just barely cracking the top 25.

When is market demand highest for jewelry?

Next, we examined jewelry as a general term to see when demand was highest throughout the year:

We see the first bump in demand for jewelry take place around Valentine’s Day, but it’s actually Mother’s Day that brings the first real surge, with demand rising by 30% during the week of May 2nd compared to the week prior.

Demand then drops significantly for the next several weeks until Amazon Prime Day brings yet another significant spike before a more steady decrease throughout the rest of the year until the holiday shopping season brings a significant and sustained surge in demand.

Here’s a look at how the year impacted demand for different types of jewelry:

Beginning with the start of the year, necklaces got the biggest bump during Valentine’s Day, but the holiday was surprisingly mellow for the items in our analysis. As for Mother’s Day, once again necklaces got the biggest bump with a 56% increase in demand, and this time only rings didn’t receive a bump during the holiday.

Prime Day, meanwhile, had a major impact on rings, with demand surging by a stunning 240%. Now, we worked hard to ensure that this analysis was capturing demand for rings as a type of jewelry, but some of this surge may be from a combination of interest in other types of rings (like the “ring” doorbell camera and “ring lights,” etc.).

Summertime is really big for earrings, while bracelets experienced a midsummer spike of their own.

November was particularly large for rings, while the holiday shopping season seems to benefit bracelets and necklaces more than earrings.

Impact of COVID-19 on market demand for jewelry

The charts in the previous section clearly showed how demand for jewelry looked throughout last year, but we next wanted to examine the past few years to see if the pandemic has had any long term effects on demand for luxuries like jewelry.

To find out, we compared monthly demand for some of our broader terms over the past few years.

We see that demand for jewelry was up in 2020 compared to 2019, but took a huge hit during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since we’re examining Amazon demand, this is clearly a reflection of shoppers tightening their purse strings as opposed to the impact of brick and mortar jewelry stores closing up during lockdown.

Despite this, however, 2020 did see demand both rebound and remain higher than pre-pandemic levels throughout the year until December.

Last year, meanwhile, saw demand stay much steadier throughout the year, and frequently at levels even higher than 2020, with major exceptions being the first two pre-pandemic months of 2020, Mother’s Day, and October.

Interestingly, December 2019 remains the highest single month out of any in the analysis, suggesting that the pandemic may have cooled demand for jewelry when it comes to shopping for gifts during the holidays.

Let’s take this same view for different types of jewelry.

Once again, we see a big drop in demand in the first month of the pandemic, although this time one that remains far more permanent. While 2020 did see demand rise during Mother’s Day, it’s remained far behind 2019’s levels all the way until November.

2021 saw demand surge to well beyond 2019 and 2020 levels during the summer months, but by September, it fell once again to below pre-pandemic levels.

It’s a very similar view for necklaces as well, with demand dropping in March of 2020, this time rebounding to at, or slightly above, 2019’s levels.

2021, meanwhile, experienced a much stronger spring and Mother’s Day, but saw demand drop below both previous years by August. And even as demand rose again in November and December, it still fell behind.

The pandemic appears to have had a major impact on demand for bracelets. 2019 saw demand rise steadily from February to May, and peak again during the back to school shopping season.

In 2020, however, demand dropped in March and remained far behind 2019’s levels, receiving only a slight bump during Mother’s Day and no real increase during the back to school shopping season.

2021 did receive a slightly larger increase in July and December than 2020, but once again demand failed to ever match pre-pandemic levels.

Rings all experienced huge spikes in demand during the month of Prime Day in each of the previous three years, with 2019 seeing the largest such spike.

Aside from those, we once again see an immediate early-pandemic drop in demand in March 2020, where it remained consistently below the previous year. And in 2021 we also see demand by and large remaining close to 2020 levels.

Taking these views into account, it’s clear that COVID-19 had an impact on market demand for jewelry, but not universally so. Some types of jewelry recovered quickly from an initial dip, while others struggled to recover at all.

A lesson for jewelry and fashion brands

Our analysis makes it clear that major holidays like Mother’s Day and the holiday season still significantly increase demand for jewelry of all shapes, sizes, colors, and value. We also saw that even the economic anxieties and two years of social distancing brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic weren’t enough to completely erase demand for certain types of jewelry.

Understanding the factors that influence consumer behavior can help brands better understand how to forecast demand for their products on online marketplaces, and even inform product design and marketing strategy.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can best leverage our data to help your brand win online, holiday or not, get an assessment today.

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Amazon 1P vs. 3P: Pros & Cons Brands Need to Know

Whether you’ve been selling your products on Amazon for years or you’re just starting out, you’ve probably wondered if 1P or 3P is the best selling model for your brand. As the top ecommerce accelerator, and 3P seller, with deep experience on Amazon, we know there’s no “best way” to sell on Amazon—it depends on your products, long-term goals, and  capabilities. 

In a 1P, or first-party relationship, Amazon buys your product wholesale and handles most of the selling details. In a 3P, or third-party relationship, you’re an independent seller on Amazon’s marketplace, which gives you both more control over your brand and more responsibility for logistics.

Deciding between 1P and 3P requires weighing the various pros and cons for your business. Brands should consider several factors before choosing which strategy makes sense. Here is more information about the pros and cons of both 1P and 3P so you can make the best decision for your brand.

1P Pros and Cons 

Pros:

  • Amazon is a well-trusted brand and consumers may trust your brand more if it is sold by Amazon.

  • Your products are automatically eligible for Amazon Prime and two-day shipping.

  • Amazon handles all the logistics: taxes, ASIN, optimization, and customer service.

  • Amazon gives exclusive benefits, such as placement priority and advanced analytics tools, to 1P sellers.

  • Selling your products through Amazon 1P could be the most price efficient option for your brand.

  • You are basically free of inventory risk.

Cons:

  • Amazon has the control to sell your product at any price they see fit, even if it’s below your established Minimum Advertising Price (MAP).

  • You may lose profit margins.

  • Amazon will pay you less frequently than a 3P relationship.

  • You will have little control over availability of inventory on Amazon at any given time.

  • Amazon can drop you as a 1P seller at any time.

Many brands choose to sell on Amazon in a 1P relationship so they do not have to manage most of the logistics and simply prefer Amazon to do it.. In addition, having  a well-trusted brand sell your product is another top consideration in a 1P seller relationship.. 

3P Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Gives you more flexibility and control in every aspect of the selling process.

  • Strengthens your brand presence.

  • Helps you gain better access to data.

  • Provides more control in the selling process (pricing, inventory, and product listings).

  • Offers complete control over how much inventory to list.

  • You can share inventory across marketplaces, when necessary.

  • Creative control to  develop listings with better optimized content to tell your brand story.

Cons:

  • Inventory risks.

  • Responsible to create purchase orders and handling inventory logistics.

  • You are responsible for your own customer service.

  • Brand must pay additional fees to Amazon for being a 3P seller.

  • Can be subject to account suspension.

Selling on Amazon in a 3P relationship  is an increasingly popular option for brands, and it’s easy to see why. Even though becoming a 3P seller may seem like more work upfront, it ultimately gives you more flexibility and control, a stronger brand presence, and better data access.

How Do I Become an Amazon 1P or 3P Seller?

You can only become a 1P seller through a direct invitation from Amazon. To become a 3P seller, the first step is setting up a Seller Central account. You’ll then provide relevant information and verifications before getting your account approved and finally listing and shipping your products. 

3P Partners and Other Selling Model Strategies

While deciding between a 1P or 3P relationship is a solid start, selling model strategy is a bit more complicated than that. In fact, there are 7 common selling models brands may consider. Two of these models are the basic 1P and 3P models we’ve already discussed. 

Other models include the following:

  • 3P Unmanaged: no active management of your brand

  • 2P: Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) model

  • Hybrid: leverages both 1P and 3P strategies

  • 3P Network: you create a network of authorized sellers

  • 3P Partner: you partner with one exclusive ecommerce seller

Pattern Proves the 3P Partner Model Works for Brands

In our experience, the ecommerce executives benefit most from a 3P partner model because it provides the most freedom and marketplace control on Amazon, without having to worry about complex logistics. Pattern executes  a 3P exclusive seller model because it gives our partners  the freedom and control unavailable through a 1P relationship, while also taking on the stock, management, and risks that make 3P selling intimidating.

With Pattern as your authorized wholesale partner, we buy your stock and resell the products on Amazon as an authorized seller. Once we buy your product, we’re responsible for all inventory risk, and help you optimize your content and advertising while maximizing your brand protection and brand global distribution. Our sophisticated inventory forecasting, fulfillment, and logistics systems help us predict and manage your inventory, and our experienced teams handle everything from taxes to customer service.

Unlike a 1P Amazon seller relationship, we’re eager to involve your brand every step of the way, including when it comes to branding, promotion, channel strategy, and new product launches. We respect your brand by following all brand pricing guidelines and committing to never drop below MAP policies.

Interested in increasing your margins by transitioning to a 3P relationship and partnering with Pattern? Get in touch today.

Amazon's Sponsored Product ads
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What Are Amazon’s Advertising Products? Sponsored Product, Brand, & Display Ads

What Are Amazon’s Advertising Products? Sponsored Product, Brand, & Display Ads

Utilizing Amazon sponsored ads can be a smart way for a brand to drive greater traffic to a product listing and start increasing sales. While many brands still struggle to manage their advertising strategies, 30% of Amazon brand sellers increased their advertising budgets in 2022. As ecommerce executives (or even on the nose with VPs of ecommerce?)  approve their 2023 advertising budgets, it may be worth it to take a look at Amazon’s advertising products and the benefit they may have on increasing conversions. 

​​Pattern is the premier ecommerce accelerator with all of the expertise, data-driven insights, and technology brands need to gain control on Amazon and maintain their competitive niche. We know the high value of and how to utilize Amazon’s advertising products to drive the most traffic and conversions to benefit and accelerate your brand.

Here are Amazon’s three main advertising products you should know about in order to drive listing traffic to your products and increase conversions: 

For a brand executive who is selling their product on Amazon, you may not already know the differences between campaign type, so we will walk you through the differences and uses for each of these three ad campaigns.

Sponsored Product Ads

Sponsored Products are a mid-funnel advertising strategy that gives visibility to products above the top organic listings (see example below). This strategy uses custom keywords to get products in front of the consumers who are searching for them, however it can be used to capture new audiences as well.These cost-per-click (CPC) ads require no additional copy or images, but usually receive the most interaction of the campaigns and need to be monitored closely.

As you can see, these ads look just like an organic listing, however they say, “Sponsored,” on them. These types of ads can be especially effective forms of advertising because they tend to blend in with the organic results around them. With Sponsored Products, you can get your products in front of qualified customers who are searching for your product in such a way that doesn’t make them feel like they are being served an advertisement.

Sponsored Brand Ads

Sponsored Brand Ads are a top-of-funnel brand awareness tool and function on keywords. This ad format helps show a customer what they may be in need of and where to get it.  Commonly used to promote product lines or best sellers, a Sponsored Brand ad shows up as a banner above the search results (see example below). This type of ad requires that the brand showcase at least three separate products.

Unlike other campaigns used on the Amazon platform, Sponsored Brand ads require ad copy and a unique logo. These ads also can take customers to a custom landing page, or a page on the brand store, that way they get a clear and overall picture about who your brand is, what other products you sell, and why they can trust your brand

Sponsored Display Ads

Sponsored Display ads can be a tactic for top, middle, or bottom of the advertising funnel due to its varying targeting abilities. Although most commonly found under the bullet points of a detail page, these ads can also show in emails, newsletters, and even more locations off platform.

Unlike the previous ad campaigns discussed, sponsored display ads can target shopping behaviors, like repeat purchasers, similar product purchasers, and even people who viewed the detail page but did not buy. Sponsored Display ads help customers discover your brand, drive awareness, and create loyalty. 

The example above shows just one of the many placements Sponsored Display has.

Accelerate Your Sponsored Products With Pattern 

Rather than competing with each other, each of the three sponsored ad products focus on a different section of the sales funnel, allowing you to target your customers and hit your sales numbers, all while edging out possible competitors. When brands use these advertising campaigns, they can better optimize their ad budget to improve ROAS and build revenue. 

At Pattern, we have all the resources to help your brand build successful advertising and digital marketing campaigns on Amazon so you can increase traffic and conversions, which will in turn increase your revenue

How Pricing Changes on Walmart.com Affect Your Brand
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How Pricing Changes on Walmart.com Affect Your Brand

Walmart.com has announced important changes regarding the “Was Price” and promotions on the digital marketplace. These updates make it more important than ever to optimize your price through implementing proper strategies, controlling your distribution channels, and being intentional about your pricing strategy.

And, as with all digital marketplaces, succeeding on Walmart.com requires performing well in all areas of The Ecommerce Equation. Which means as you optimize your listings’ pricing, as well as traffic, conversions, and availability, your revenue increases.

Pattern has the resources ecommerce brands need to optimize on marketplaces for each factor in the ecommerce equation. We have the technology and strategists to help you improve your traffic, the brand dedication and passion to help you achieve greater conversions, connections to econtrol specialists who help brands regain marketplace control, and the data you need to be able to make smart forecasting decisions for better product availability.

Below, we’ll cover how Walmart.com’s recent platform changes impact ecommerce brands’ ability to drive traffic and conversions for their products and how to strategize around them to work best in your brand’s favor. But first, let’s go over the changes themselves.

Walmart.com’s “Was Price” and Promotional Changes

Walmart.com’s newest changes reflect their mission to be the leader in low, everyday pricing. Therefore, Walmart’s customers come to the platform and expect low prices no matter what. Overall, these updates give consumers more visibility into the value they’re experiencing and hold brands more accountable in the pricing information they display.

Promotional Policy Changes

  • Due to Walmart’s updates, in order for your products to qualify for a strikethrough and show “Reduced Price” or “Clearance” flags on Walmart.com, your product’s promotion must be at least 10% off the “Was Price.” (Note: “Reduced Price” is the most common type of badging. Your teams can request this badge when filling out promotion upload files.) 

  • To specifically qualify for “Clearance,” the product needs to be discontinued and no longer replenished after selling through the remaining inventory.

  • Although “Rollback” is sometimes seen on site, it is a form of 1P-only badging.

  • Walmart now prohibits promotions lasting longer than 365 days.

“Was Price” Changes

  • Walmart’s “Was Price” was previously loosely defined and manually inputted on Walmart.com as an MSRP. Now, stricter rules are in place with regulations in the broader market to encourage enforcement and protect consumers. 

  • The “Was Price” is now defined by these terms on Walmart:

    • Either the 90-day median price paid by customers for the item on Walmart.com (excluding special promotions like holiday campaigns, limited time deals, rollbacks, and clearance);

    • Or the median price offered by Walmart or Marketplace sellers for the item on Walmart.com for at least 28 out of the last 90 days (excluding special promotions like holiday campaigns, limited time deals, rollbacks, and clearance).

How to Strategize for Success

1. Plan for Promotions Well in Advance

To protect your “Was Price” from price erosion, be intentional when planning promotions. To be most effective in your promotion, you’ll want to be able to give your customers a large enough discount to qualify for the slash-through and reduced price badging. 

Without the right pricing strategy in place, your products are in danger of falling into deeper and deeper discounting as you chase the ability to achieve slash-throughs and proper badging. Without the slash-throughs and badging, you’ll lose the ability to easily communicate the increased value of your product and the traffic and conversions you’re trying to earn by running the promotion in the first place. 

2. Keep Pricing Consistent

It’s important to keep your products’ prices as steady as possible to protect your promotion periods. As you prevent high-low price fluctuations, you’ll be able to use slash-through prices and promotional badges like “Reduced Price” and “Clearance” to your advantage in driving better traffic and conversions for your listings.

Without the ability to display badging, a promotion falls flat even if the price has been dropped. With steady pricing over time, you’ll be able to keep a stable “Was Price” and ultimately enjoy more rewarding promotional periods long-term.

3. Establish Excellent Brand Control

It’s important to remember that the “Was Price” policy also applies to 1P and other 3P sellers representing your products on Walmart.com. Unfortunately, your other strategies will be ineffective if other sellers are breaking your MAP policy or playing the high-low price game. So, it’s more important than ever for brands to be conscious of their distribution channels and keep rogue and unauthorized sellers in check.

Find Marketplace Confidence with Pattern

By allowing Pattern to be the authorized seller of your brand’s products and working with Vorys eControl law firm to eliminate rogue sellers, you can be confident in creating and executing a powerful  selling strategy on Walmart.com and other digital marketplaces. As a 3P seller partner, Pattern is truly invested in our partners’ success, we’ll help you to create and execute a strategy that truly prioritizes the long-term performance of your products on digital marketplaces.

Contact us today to learn more about the changes on Walmart.com and how you can optimize your performance.