Barrettes get a luxurious look with allover rhinestone studding and cabochon trims.
Crystals and beads are becoming the primary embellishment options for China suppliers of hairpins and clips as models that resemble jewelry remain popular.
Companies choose colors that simulate real gems. Clear, purple, yellow, blue and green rhinestones are selected for their similarity to faceted diamond, amethyst, topaz and peridot. Some components can approximate turquoise, pearl and other polished, opaque minerals.
Even shapes mimic prevailing trinket styles. Flower, insect, bird and aquatic animal forms are being adopted in the latest releases. Novelty contours include crowns, notes, teardrops, skulls and bows.
Ornaments generally account for the largest part of production costs. Apart from crystals and beads, textiles are widely employed as trimmings. Satin, organza and grosgrain ribbons are handsewn into bows and rosettes. They may also be wrapped around the fastener.
The base material is another price determinant. The majority of China-made barrettes come in metal and acrylic. In the former, zinc alloy is the most commonly used kind because it is easy to melt, mold and plate. Various grades of the mixture contain different proportions of aluminum, copper, magnesium and iron. The amount of harmful elements such as lead, nickel and cadmium also changes. A few suppliers utilize versions with just 40ppm of lead. Upscale choices include stainless steel, sterling silver and brass.
Rhodium, silver, gold and gunmetal finishes are available. These can have an antique effect.
Most clasps measure 5 to 7 cm long, but a few reach 10cm.
Styles are often sold individually. Some small and simple kinds are marketed in pairs or as part of a larger set with headbands and ponytail holders.
Low-end models are less than $0.20 per piece and are made of acrylic, zinc alloy and iron from Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces. They come in solid colors and are minimally embellished.
Midrange designs are up to $0.50 each. Locally sourced or imported zinc alloy, stainless steel, sterling silver, brass, rhinestones and zircons are options in this segment. Products do not contain nickel, azo or lead.
High-end hairpins and clips adopt inputs from Japan, South Korea or Austria. Branded crystals such as Swarovski, Oktant, Preciosa and Asfour are used for allover studding. Releases conform to REACH requirements. In addition, fabric-based items comply with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
Bridal types, which are normally more than $2 apiece, fall under this category. These combine freshwater pearls and clear gem stimulants to complement white or ivory gowns.
Many suppliers intend to increase prices by 3 to 5 percent in coming months due to rising costs and the yuan appreciation.
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