You may also wish to contact the trade associations. MJSA
produces an annual White Paper, which includes a summary of as
many of these types of statistics as are readily available about
the American jewelry manufacturing industry. AJM’s State of the
Industry Report may also be able to provide Both
are available from MJSA at 800-444-6572 or
email@example.com. (Web site: http://mjsa.polygon.net)
For on retailers, try Jewelers of America in New
York. I believe they can be reached at 212-768-8777. You could
also try the Retail Jewelers Organization (800-247-1774): I
haven’t worked with them, so I’m not familiar with their
services, but it never hurts to ask!
And of course, there’s always the Department of Commerce and the
Census Bureau. Both are on-line at www.doc.gov. It takes a little
bit of hunting and refining your search to get what you want, but
both sites are a treasure trove of if you’re willing
to do a little digging.
It may be impossible to get a precise count – for one thing,
data that specific is rarely “up to the minute” and companies do
come and go – but if you check all these sources, odds are
you’ll end up with a pretty good idea.
Oh, and the estimates I’ve heard are approximately 12,000 retail
jewelers and some 3,000 manufacturers. But at this point, I
couldn’t tell you the source of either estimate, and they’re both
probably out of date, so I think a little research is in order!
I’d love to hear what you find.