I have a good collection from Jay King - turquoise and lapis - My most recent ring in turquoise has the wave design on shank - both sides - the stone appears to be pieced together - a couple of lighter colored sections look like a puzzle - pieced in - then the entire circle has this high polish that could be a piece of glass covering the sections - I got it to go with a bracelet - Raven's Peak turquoise - the colors ara a match - if that were not the case - the ring would have gone back. The original design wanted had a customer complaint - "I wish it were one stone - not pieces glued together!" With that knowledge, I ordered the smaller circle ring - which also appears to be a mosiac glued together stone.
Seeing that China is making the jewelry - and not only don't we get to see the item - prior to purchase - but only a TV version - quality control lacking - To think that Jay King doesn't have his own people making this jewelry is disappointing! Heidi Daus has the same thing going on - job sourced to another country - the metal stinks and turns your skin green - It's high priced bronze colored metal has to have a coat of clear nail polish applied or you will have dark metal around your wrist or neck. I ordered earrings from her - they were too heavy for the ear and also caused pain where they were inserted, in short order - very poor construction - thye bracelet smells awful - it doesn't like to rest agains your skin and it gets a green film over it that won't clean off. That's why I started to appreciate Jay King as he uses good sterling silver on his pieces.
Actually, this isn't bashing of anyone...or?
The USA has the second highest TAX consequences globally for businesses doing business in the USA. It is hurting all our businesses, because they can go to other countries without the HIGH tax liabilities faced in the USA. Ever think why China doesn't have large business productions here? Taxes, regulations, bureaucracy, more taxes, more regulations, and penalties if you don't provide certain things to your employees...etc...etc...etc...
You want things made in the USA? Buy (at a higher cost) things made in the USA, hope they will survive, and remember this the next time you vote.
I like Jay King's jewelry - when you figure the price versus quality as it compares to others who make items like he does, it's far more affordable.
If it was made in the USA, 50% of us wouldn't be able to afford it, so I'm glad he does what he can to make it affordable for the majority.
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