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Hairclip makers amplify sparkle in new designs

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.

  
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  EverFashion offers the JD0712006 model, a pair of zinc alloy hairpins decorated with acrylic hearts.

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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Hairpins & clips price guide

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Chanch Accessories International Co. Ltd

Model: FA7784
MOQ: 500 pieces
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Hair clip; zinc alloy; gold plating; rhinestone inlays; 5cm; circle motif; card, polybag packaging

  
Hair claw


Chanch Accessories International Co. Ltd

Model: FA7721
MOQ: 500 pieces
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Hair claw; zinc alloy; gold plating; rhinestone inlays; 7.5cm; flower motif; card, polybag packaging

  
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Chanch Accessories International Co. Ltd

Model: FA8342
MOQ: 500 pairs
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Hair clips; zinc alloy, iron; gunmetal plating; rhinestone inlays; 10cm; flower motif; card, polybag packaging

  
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EverFashion Jewelry Co. Ltd

Model: JD0712006
MOQ: 600 pairs
Delivery: 15 to 20 days
Description: Hairpins; zinc alloy; gold plating; acrylic stone inlays; heart motif

  
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Oversea Lida Fashion Accessories Co. Ltd

Model: HCT0045-1
MOQ: 600 pieces
Delivery: 10 days
Description: Hairpin; zinc alloy; rhodium plating; crystal inlays; 2.5x7cm; crown motif; OPP bubble bag packaging

  
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Sally Ornaments Co. Ltd

Model: Bar048
MOQ: 1,200 pieces
Delivery: 5 to 7 days
Description: Hair clip; zinc alloy; gold plating; Czech AB, acrylic rhinestone inlays; enameled wings; 4.5x2.9cm; dragonfly motif; 12 pieces per pack

  
Hair clip


Sally Ornaments Co. Ltd

Model: Bar128
MOQ: 1,200 pieces
Delivery: 5 to 7 days
Description: Hair clip; zinc alloy; rhodium plating; heart-shaped zircon, Czech stone inlays; 3.7x2.2cm; bow motif; 12 pieces per pack

  
Hairpin


Sally Ornaments Co. Ltd

Model: Bar173
MOQ: 1,200 pieces
Delivery: 5 to 7 days
Description: Hairpin; zinc alloy; rhodium plating; Czech AB stone inlays; 5.1x1.9cm; butterfly motif; 12 pieces per pack




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All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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