In the picture of this post you can see a huge engagement ruby (32 cts) diamond (5 cts) ring, designed by me (Carlo Trotta) and custom made in my atelier in Guangzhou (China). I can customize the same engagement ruby diamond ring for you, if you like.
Every day I like to browse luxury websites, flash sales websites, i like to read fashion magazines online, looking for news, trends or maybe some inspiration. Very often, I come across really crazy things, like for example exorbitant prices for jewelry made by some designers more or less unknown. Personally i’m totally unknown !
Another thing that catch my attention is the wonderful “words game” played by clever copywriters to describe jewelry made with poor materials like alloy, zinc, resin stones, resin, plastic, Lucite, rhinestones and acrylic stones. You can find an example of a poem wrote for jewelry made with cheap materials but with simple and nice design. I like it. I'm less agree with the poem :)
The copywriting ability make “ reach” , poor items and give a “reason” to justify a very expensive price.
Unfortunately many times those clever copywriters forget to add some important words to their beautiful texts: Made in China .
All the world is producing jewelry in China, including India, Thailand and Indonesian companies. Sometimes you can buy a piece claimed to be Made in India, but….
Btw American brands and dealers are still longer the biggest jewelry spenders in China.
I’m giving you some links regarding luxury jewelry sold on luxury websites, in this case they are proud to disclose the origin place:
Made in Usa of imported materials. ( In China and India there are the biggest cutting and polishing factories in the world. They have very skilled workers and equipments. My opinion according to my deep chinese experience is that the beads of that bracelet are Made in China).
Made in Kenya ( Yeah Africa is also trending and so misterious when we talk about fashion !)
Made in Turkey
Well, you can browse and browse Neiman Marcus website, you will find items made in Turkey, Usa, Italy, Thailand, Bali, but never and never items Made in China !! Just you will find imported or not origin place at all in the item description.
I tell you a little secret now, when you find on a "luxury" website , a product with imported as origin place, consider it with Made in China.
Try to browse Gilt.com or Ruelala.com, they claim to be the top for luxury social purchases, websites for members only. It's true, they offer wonderful products at bargain price, but just sometimes, my opinion . You will never find in the product description Made in China, how comes ? Sometimes , Gilt and Ruelala, sell Kenneth Cole jewelry or Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry, but never mention Made in China as place of origin, why? Kenneth Jay Lane and Kenneth Cole produce jewelry and watches in China, the factory making watches for Kenneth Cole is just few kilometers far from the place i live.
Here some links of items Made in China. Note, You will never find any mention to Made in China, sometimes the origin place is missing and sometimes you will find imported as origin place:
Imported. But from where? China !!
Silver and sapphire bracelet ( the manufacturing look chinese and micropave setting is excellet and longer cheaper in China. Infact many indians and thai companies are producing their microsetting jewelry in China nowadays)
Pave crystal ring by Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs is one of the biggest jewelry producer in China. Expecially brass, alloy and resin jewelry)
On Neiman Marcus the list of products mentioning imported as origin place is really huge !
According to the information I gathered and based on my vast experience in the Chinese market, I can assure you that many brands produce in China already : Prada, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Levian , Jtv, HNC, Kennet Kole, Kate Spade among the most important .
Most of the jewelry sold on Amazon and Ebay is made in China, even the most expensive one.
Now I’m giving you one more name, Faipo.
FAIPO, ONE OF THE BIGGEST JEWELRY FACTORY IN CHINA AND IN THE WORLD
Faipo is for the gold, electroplated gold and silver jewelry , what Foxconn Technology Group is for Apple. For the few don’t know, Iphone and Ipad are produced in Foxconn factory in Shenzhen (China), not far from Guangzhou, the city where I live.
I don’t have any kind of connection with Faipo, neither I produce in their factory, neither I will produce because I’m not agree with their selling policy that ask to their customers to buy also , semiprecious stones, colored and chocolate diamonds from them. Pratically you must buy a complete package.
Faipo is also one of the biggest semiprecious stones worldwide dealer, many USA companies, including JTV, buy from Faipo. The quality of their stones is fine, but I can find better and at cheapest price if I dive more in the chinese market, Moooh!!
Furthermore Faipo ask for orders of thousand pieces per style, impossible for a small company like Moooh !! :)
The factory environment is so cool, they have comfortable spaces for their workers and good contracts for their managers and in house designers. Most of the brands working with Faipo are working also on Faipo design, such a news!!
The most important Faipo customers are accommodate in very luxury suites inside the factory area.
The rooms are so luxury that the bathroom have a Jacuzzi inside and bathroom faucets are gold plated, Moooh!!
Most important Faipo customers are Le Vian , Jewelry Television (JTV), HNC, Amazon, Louis Vuitton . None of them disclose on their websites the production place of the jewelry they sell. Except HNC, congratulation for their ethic conduct.
Few days ago I saw on my facebook wall a JTV post claiming their artisanal jewelry made in India, Thailand, Indonesia, they forgot to mention China, the main place where they produce jewelry, it’ is not nice JTV!!
I also posted few comments on their facebook page, remind them to mention China also a production place, but I did not get any reply :(
Now, give a look to Faipo website, you will find many similitudes in the jewelry design, pictures retouching, with the brands I have cited above.
You can find Faipo design jewelry and manufacturing sold also on luxury flash sale websites like Ruelala . Even on Ruelala no mention regarding the jewelry origin place .
Browse the links, you will have an idea of Faipo and their production.Maybe you will find many similitudes in the jewelry design, pictures retouching, with the previous brands I have talked about .
My opinion is that, YES, LUXURY CAN BE SOCIAL, ETHICAL AND “MADE IN CHINA”.
I would like to know your opinion and get answers to my 2 simple questions:
Can luxury be social, ethical and “Made in China” ?
Why many luxury brands and luxury website avoid to declare China as the origin production place of the items they sell?
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