Which Country Exports the Most Imitation Jewelry in the World?

Imitation Bijouterie May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the amount of imitation jewellery exported worldwide amounted to 213K tonnes, falling by -7.2% against the previous year level. In general, imitation jewellery exports continue to indicate a temperate downturn. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2014, when export increased by 234% against the previous year level. In that year, global imitation jewellery exports reached its maximum volume of 598K tonnes. From 2015 to 2016, growth of global imitation jewellery exports stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, imitation jewellery exports totaled $7.2B in 2016. Overall, it indicated a remarkable expansion from 2007 to 2016: the total exports value decreased at an average annual rate of -2.8% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, imitation jewellery exports decreased by -13.3% against its level of 2014. Over the period under review, global imitation jewellery exports reached its maximum level of $8.3B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Imitation Jewellery Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (2,143.1 million USD)

2. China, Hong Kong SAR (859.0 million USD)

3. India (212.1 million USD)

4. United Kingdom (169.9 million USD)

5. United Arab Emirates (15.5 million USD)

Imitation Jewellery Exports By Country

China (158K tonnes) dominates in imitation jewellery exports structure, recording 158K tonnes, which was approx. 74% of total exports in 2016. It was distantly followed by China, Hong Kong SAR (12K tonnes), committing 6% share of total imitation jewellery exports. The following exporters - India (4.6K tonnes), the UK (4.2K tonnes), and United Arab Emirates (3.4K tonnes) held approx. 6% of total exports, each.

From 2007 to 2016, average annual rates of growth with regard to imitation jewellery exports from China stood at -1.0%. At the same time, the UK (+3.1%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, the UK emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +3.1% from 2007-2016. United Arab Emirates experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, India (-7.8%), and China, Hong Kong SAR (-10.8%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. While the share of China, Hong Kong SAR (10%), China (7%), and India (2%) increased significantly, the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, China ($2.1B) remains the largest imitation jewellery supplier in the world, making up 30% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by China, Hong Kong SAR ($859M), with the share of 12% of global exports. It was followed by India, with the share of 3%.

In China, imitation jewellery exports expanded at an average annual rate of +10.4% over the period from 2007-2016. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: China, Hong Kong SAR (-2.6% per year) and India (+6.8% per year).

Imitation Jewellery Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for imitation jewellery amounted to $34 per kg, waning by -2.3% against the previous year. In general, imitation jewellery export price continues to indicate a strong growth. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2015, an increase of 149% year-to-year. Over the period under review, average imitation jewellery export price attained its maximum level of $41 per kg in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was China, Hong Kong SAR ($70 per kg), while United Arab Emirates ($4,537 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of imitation jewellery export prices was attained by India (+15.8% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Imitation Jewelry - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025