Stainless steel, rhinestones and crystals are alternatives to these types of precious metal.
Buyers sourcing pendants from China jewelry manufacturers can expect fewer sterling silver and gold models in the months ahead due to the materials' rising market value.
Silver is currently $37 per ounce, soaring 73 percent in six months and 120 percent YoY. Gold, which is a popular plating option, increased 28 percent to $1,425 per ounce from the previous corresponding period. The former is being substituted with stainless steel. The rust-resistant metal is $3,562 per ton, climbing only 14 percent since August 2010. Because it does not oxidize, pieces are finished just by brushing or polishing. Suppliers therefore save on outlay for the surface coating.
Companies will also be employing more rhinestones and crystals. Minimal use of metal findings can help reduce costs and highlight the components' translucence and sparkle.
In terms of design, makers are creating classic and novelty icons. Stylized crosses and printed dog tags are examples under the first. These are promoted to clients in North America.
As with other types of jewelry, animal forms are gaining ground among the diverse nontraditional shapes available. Birds, insects and various sea creatures are well-received. Starfish in cast alloy are embedded with shell and agate. The organism is also depicted in lampwork glass, crystal or large cutout medallions.
Playful imagery is made subtle and elegant by rendering them as very small charms. Such models are less than 2x2cm. A few feature a pearl, CZ or Pandora bead.
Pendants from China are priced from $0.20 to $40 per piece. Material is the main determinant of quotes, accounting for 70 percent of outlay. Most designs employ metal, but suppliers also offer versions in pure glass, polymer clay and shell, which are considered low-end. Products in the segment top out at $3, and include 304L or 316L stainless steel, copper, and zinc and tin alloy variants as well. They have an overlay of rhodium or silver and are usually decorated with epoxy, enamel, CZs, rhinestones, zircons and ribbon. Preciosa crystals and 5 to 6mm freshwater pearls are utilized in several models.
Midrange releases reach $8 and come in 316L stainless steel, zinc alloy, copper, brass or up to 6g of sterling silver. Gold in concentrations of 14 or 18K are additional plating options. Lampwork glass, spinel, green agate, turquoise and other semiprecious gems are sometimes incorporated.
Many styles have germanium embedded at the back. The component is intended to lay flat on the user's chest and said to improve blood circulation and stamina, among other health benefits. It boosts prices by about $0.10. The high-end selection comprises sterling silver, tungsten steel and titanium items. The last is qouted roughly three times as much as stainless steel counterparts. Laser cutting and larger pearls are employed for adornment.
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