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what factors go into the price of jewelry? 

  • The more metal used – the higher the price.  Thin metal designs cost less than thick metal designs.  We created thicker metal designs so the piece will last.  This is very important when casting sterling silver, as it is soft and pliable, therefore will bend easy.  Our settings are cast as one piece - not spot soldered strips of metal.       

  • The type of metal used - .925 sterling silver is more affordable than gold, especially right now with the volatility in the markets (refer to the Gold Price link above). 

  • Gemstone Type/Grade/Size – All of these factor into the final price.  We use the highest quality materials we can obtain that will accept our coffin cut.  They are 100% faceted/polished on the top, all sides, and the bottom, making a true coffin shaped "gemstone"…not a "flat bottom", rounded edges or cabochon.  Our gemstones shine from all straight, pointed angles of the design, including the bottom!  These are called “deep” or “belly cut” stones which means you are getting a lot more stone for your money.   

  • Where it is made -  Foreign countries that sell jewelry shipped to the USA cannot be legally bound to what claims they make about the quality of their jewelry, unlike the statutes required of businesses in the USA.  This applies to any product, not just jewelry.   

  • Gemstone setting -  The tiniest gemstones are the hardest to set, requiring a lot of time for the bench jeweler to complete the item.  Every stone we use are prong-set, which means each one has (at least) 4 prongs that close around the gemstone. They are never glued or piggy-backed

  • Handcrafted work  – Handcrafted work has always been more expensive than mass-produced items.  Every one of our designs are handcrafted in the USA from the casting of the metal, to setting the stone(s), to finishing the item, all on demand when you order them.  None of this is done by machines.  There are no trays of stock sitting around.  Never has and never will.

 

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