Jewelry Shopping? Get Ready for Less Choice and Higher Prices.

Experts say the supply-chain delays plaguing businesses around the world are going to make it difficult to buy gold and gem-set pieces later this year.

If you have jewelry on your holiday shopping list, “Do your research and start early,” said Stuart Robertson, vice president of Gemworld, the publisher of a gemstone pricing guide based in Glenview, Ill.

Jewelers and industry experts around the world say a lack of inventory and price increases are virtually guaranteed this fall, driven by the unexpected demand that caught the industry by surprise last year. And that forecast has been further complicated by shipping delays and labor shortages much like those facing businesses such as

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