Jay King & China
I have his old pieces. As best I can determine, here on HSN anyway…..everything he offers is Made in China other than the big bowls. He never mentions China…..who/where are the silversmiths, designers……I am totally confused, he talks about various mines all over the world which is understandable…..talks about Tucson, Scottsdale….New Mexico, etc.
Are his current pieces marked 925 China? What exactly is done in China? What is done in other locations?
It gets kinda old also the "this is it and all there will ever be". I don’t think that is accurate….so a mine closes, so what? What prevents it from reopening? Jay, for true collectors like me there needs to be a lot more transparency on process. At least he does reveal the "enhanced" pieces.
I don’t understand this either and I’m so glad someone brought it up. We have many people here in the states that need jobs so why are so many pieces being made in China? Because it’s all about the money. I don’t know how many things I’ve sent back because in the description all is says is, imported. That could mean any country. I’m a hugs jewelry collector like many of you here and I feel embarrassed when I buy a beautiful piece and look at the markings only to see it says, China.
Come on designers. We deserve better than this. If you make a little less money to have your pieces made here in the states or Italy so what.How can you be proud of your own pieces when you have them made in China? We will keep so many more of your pieces and not send them back. We will be proud to wear them if they’re made some where other than China.
There was something I recall hearing about being designed here in the USA, but am not sure.
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I agree Scot on the collectability of anything sold on shopping channels….but many are buying with that belief. As far as Chinese artisans, sure there are skilled ones….however, as a collector I want absolutely nothing in jewelry stamped China……the value will not hold much less gain. There are too many American artisans to even be considering these pieces. I do buy, when on deep clearance, Nicky Butler, Noa Zuman, Studio Barse pieces. When it comes to collectable I look for obscure artisans, several outstanding ones out there that produce gorgeous handmade pieces. I’m not crazy about Thai or India…show me Italy, USA, Israeli, etc. that are not mass produced.
As far as Ebay, 90% of that is junk from China…so much controversy with it. There was also issues with nickel content & cadmium (stuff in batteries) content & who knows what else in the costume fashion lines…..want none of it.
I try to stay away from compressed and enhanced stones from any of the sellers…best to stay with natural…..other way usually develops probs. I don’t trust his pieces at all…..I buy nothing in jewelry from China. 1.) Poorly made 2) unknown componants 3) will not become collectable, value will not rise 4) mass production/marketing same applies to HD….her are base metal & glass at fine jewelry pricing….NO WAY!
I am very disappointed in some of his older turquoise pieces. I haven’t worn them in a while and two of the necklaces have developed black spots and white, chalky spots. I assume these were made from compressed turquoise. I no longer trust his spiels.
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01.06.16 3:09 PM