Current necklaces are short, thick and loaded with diverse and colorful embellishments.
Statement pieces continue to dominate recent necklace releases from China jewelry makers. One of the most popular interpretations for this trend is the use of tribal elements. Feathers, shell, horn and coins are interspersed among large clusters of rhinestones or cast zinc alloy ornaments. Bright blue, orange, brown and silver beads are combined in ethnic patterns to form bibs.
|The N6-1392 model from Yiwu Hongye is a mixture of alloy findings, rhinestones and feathers.|
Suppliers are also turning out wide collars in greater numbers. These measure at least 1cm and mix colorful crystals, pearls and ribbons. Flat metal sheets are shaped into crescents, squares or rectangles that sit comfortably on the clavicle.
Models targeting the US are heavy on alloy. Chain mail, tassels and even faux bullets are piled on. These are plated in gunmetal, antique silver, brass or copper. Big pendants take on floral or animal contours and are detailed with enamel.
Stones in multiple hues are the highlight for designs geared toward the EU. The findings usually have an outer layer in rhodium or silver. Products for the Middle East are similar to those for Western counterparts, but typically adopt a gold coating.
Companies still maintain a selection of delicate styles, however, because these are preferred by clients in Asia. Items feature a small round or teardrop rhinestone or pearl dangling from a simple chain with a bright white finish.
China-made necklaces are available as single or several strands of chains or beads, lariats, collars or bibs. Prices are from $0.10 to $40. The kind and amount of materials and trimmings employed can account for more than 50 percent of outlay, while labor represents about 30 percent.
Low-end models reach $2 and adopt iron, copper or zinc alloy chains plated in gunmetal or rhodium. Some also have a hemp rope or satin ribbon base. Varied embellishment choices are available, including plastic, glass, metal and wooden beads, rhinestones, pearls and turquoise. These are arranged in simple configurations.
Brass and stainless steel are additional options for midrange designs. Silver, brass, 18K gold, polished and brushed finishes are utilized. Natural stones such as agate and amethyst are incorporated.
The most expensive styles come in 925 sterling silver, titanium and 316L stainless steel. These are coated in platinum or 14 to 24K yellow or rose gold. Swarovski crystals, CZs, grade AAA pearls, jade, yellow opal, red agate and bloodstones are some of the available ornaments.
The majority of suppliers purchase ready-made components from local distributors and carry out assembly in-house. They are able to order custom parts from vendors and draft contracts to prevent unauthorized use of exclusive designs. Pieces are 2 to 3 percent more expensive than prefabricated versions.
Note: This article "Mixed media collars make bold impact" was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.
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