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Platinum Bridal Sales 'Strong' in China

Key market tracks wider trend...
ACCORDING to the Platinum Guild International (PGI)'s quarterly Business Review, platinum jewellery is likely to see continued demand growth as a new generation of brides and grooms view platinum as the ultimate representation of modern love, writes Christina Okoli for the World Platinum Investment Council.
The findings come in the wake of this year's British royal wedding, which saw platinum jewellery feature strongly.
Prince Harry opted for a platinum wedding band while Meghan Markle's tiara was set in platinum.
Huw Daniel, chief executive officer of the PGI, said:
"We saw growth in platinum jewellery in relation to the wedding market in all four of the key markets in 2017. This trend is mostly tied to a strong preference for platinum among younger consumers to express love, together with a robust global economy and historically low platinum prices. This indicates growth potential in the platinum jewellery sector."
In China, the PGI has seen strong growth in platinum sales in the core bridal category. A new tradition of exchanging wedding bands between brides and grooms has helped to drive substantial growth in platinum pair rings. Findings from the China Platinum Acquisition Survey showed that platinum accounted for over 50% of pair ring acquisition.
In India, young couples increasingly see platinum jewellery – by virtue of the metal's durability and strength – as a fitting representation of the modern bond in a relationship between equals.
Platinum already has a strong presence in Japan, holding a 92% share of the engagement ring market and 82% share of the wedding ring market.
Jewellery data statistics for India and China
Strong results for platinum in the bridal sector are also mirrored in the West.
In 2017, the US posted its fifth consecutive year of growth in platinum jewellery consumption (up 11% year on year). This trend is set to continue with the increase coming mainly from strong sales in bridal jewellery, including engagement rings and wedding bands.
Jewellery accounts for 32% of platinum demand globally and, in 2018, further growth is expected as a result of the PGI's ongoing initiative, in the US, to promote the use of platinum crowns that hold diamonds more securely.
The Guild is also running a number of collaborative marketing campaigns in new segments and towards new demographics.
Alongside platinum's role as the premier precious metal, it is also an in-demand industrial commodity with broad uses across the medical, manufacturing and automotive sectors. Platinum is also increasingly being viewed as a precious investment asset with demonstrable diversification benefits in a private portfolio or pension plan.
Formed by the world's 6 leading platinum mining companies, the World Platinum Investment Council aims to stimulate investor demand for physical platinum through industry data, actionable insights, and the development of targeted new products and channels. In 2017 it partnered with BullionVault to make securely-stored platinum available at low cost with instant liquidity on the world's No.1 online market for private investors trading gold and silver.

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