Jewelry priced at $100 in 1988 $142.80 in 2020

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Prices for Jewelry, 1988-2020 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for jewelry were 42.80% higher in 2020 versus 1988 (a $42.80 difference in value).

Between 1988 and 2020: Jewelry experienced an average inflation rate of 1.12% per year. In other words, jewelry costing $100 in the year 1988 would cost $142.80 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.46% during this same period, inflation for jewelry was lower.

In the year 1988: Pricing changed by 8.65%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for jewelry during the 1988-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1988 (4.08%), inflation for jewelry was much higher.

Price Inflation for Jewelry since 1986

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1990 (9.99%), 2011 (9.51%), and 1988 (8.65%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Jewelry:

Year 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 100.000 107.300 116.577 124.462 136.900 143.969 150.569 154.354 158.577 159.262 155.315 150.669 147.662 145.838 141.238 141.662 138.077 133.192 133.554 131.292 134.754 142.442 153.770 156.980 161.239 176.572 178.231 177.606 170.583 165.521 175.836 179.421 175.034 172.543 166.468

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Buying power of $100 since 1988

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Jewelry, over time, for $100 beginning in 1988. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1988 $100.00 8.65%
1989 $106.76 6.76%
1990 $117.43 9.99%
1991 $123.50 5.16%
1992 $129.16 4.58%
1993 $132.41 2.51%
1994 $136.03 2.74%
1995 $136.61 0.43%
1996 $133.23 -2.48%
1997 $129.24 -2.99%
1998 $126.66 -2.00%
1999 $125.10 -1.23%
2000 $121.15 -3.15%
2001 $121.52 0.30%
2002 $118.44 -2.53%
2003 $114.25 -3.54%
2004 $114.56 0.27%
2005 $112.62 -1.69%
2006 $115.59 2.64%
2007 $122.19 5.71%
2008 $131.90 7.95%
2009 $134.66 2.09%
2010 $138.31 2.71%
2011 $151.46 9.51%
2012 $152.89 0.94%
2013 $152.35 -0.35%
2014 $146.33 -3.95%
2015 $141.98 -2.97%
2016 $150.83 6.23%
2017 $153.91 2.04%
2018 $150.14 -2.45%
2019 $148.01 -1.42%
2020 $142.80 -3.52%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for jewelry, 1988-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1988 * 1988 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Jewelry was 116.577 in the year 1988 and 166.468 in 2020:

166.468 / 116.577 * $100 = $142.80

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 1988 has the same "purchasing power" as $142.80 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Jewelry).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Jewelry in 1986. In addition to jewelry, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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