Wealthy U.S. Consumers Rate the Most Prestigious Luxury Jewelry Brands -- Graff, Asprey, Buccellati

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 21, 2010) - The objective and independent New York City-based Luxury Institute reported today the top-rated luxury jewelry brands in the 2010 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) survey. This survey identifies the brands that deliver true luxury based solely on the unbiased ratings of wealthy U.S. consumers.

High net-worth consumers rated Graff the "Best of the Best" among 21 luxury jewelry brands, securing top ranks for three out of four components of the LBSI. Asprey and Buccellati were ranked second and third, respectively. Buccellati has been consistently rated in the top three in previous years and is rated the most unique and exclusive.

The LBSI asks high net-worth consumers to rate luxury brands by category across four equally weighted components: Consistently Superior Quality, Uniqueness and Exclusivity, Making the Customer Feel Special Across the Entire Experience, and Being Consumed by People Who Are Admired and Respected.

The "Best of the Best" are (LBSI score out of 10):

  • Luxury Jewelry
    • Graff-8.28
    • Asprey-8.16
    • Buccellati-8.14

"As the luxury jewelry industry makes its comeback, wealthy consumers are looking for truly differentiated value," said Milton Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury Institute. "While quality and uniqueness are critical dimensions in jewelry, in today's world the relationship with the client is the major differentiator. Clienteling has become the priority in luxury jewelry. Top brands are now investing in clienteling best practices training as part of creating true Luxury CRM cultures."

The proprietary Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) survey is the only unbiased measure of the prestige of leading brands among wealthy Americans. A national sample of 505 ultra-wealthy American consumers, with weighted average household income of $845,000 and average investable assets of $16.6 million, was surveyed online.

About the Luxury Institute (www.LuxuryInstitute.com)
The Luxury Institute is the uniquely independent and impartial ratings, research and Luxury CRM consulting institution that is the trusted and respected voice of the high net-worth consumer. The Institute provides a portfolio of proprietary publications, research and consulting services that guide and educate high net-worth individuals and the companies that cater to them on leading edge trends, high net-worth consumer rankings and ratings of luxury brands, and best practices. The Luxury Institute also operates LuxuryBoard.com, the world's first global, membership-based online community for luxury goods and services executives, professionals and entrepreneurs.

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