Wholesale jewelry has reached the nook and corner of the consumer sector due to its variety, versatility, and affordable rates. Fashion jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, body jewelry and costume jewelry are the major kinds of wholesale jewelry that are available. Wholesale jewelry includes products like bracelets, chains, charms, earrings, jewelry sets, necklaces, pendants, brooch and pins, rings, slides and watches. While the men’s wholesale jewelry collection includes watches, rings, cuff links, tie chains and bracelets. Jewelry is a fashion statement for few and it is of sentimental values for few.
Wholesale jewelry is made of sterling silver, gold or platinum. Different varieties of beads and gem stones are used in the designing of wholesale jewelry. Depending on the kind of jewel, you can choose the design and incorporated as a jewel could be priced anything below $20 to as high as $20,000.
Gem stones like diamond, opal and pearl, topaz, ruby, garnet, sapphire and turquoise are used in jewel making. Ancient Romans are profoundly known for their jewel making skills and wide range of gemstones are used in their jewels. Although jewel making started early with simple designs, jewel designers now come forward with highly intricate designs and patterns.
The making of wholesale jewelry was a traditional art and was passed from one generation to other only within certain families; but, now there are special schools and colleges where wholesale jewelry developing is being taught. There are gemological institutes which teach about the gems and jewels.
Before you opt to buy these jewels and gem stones, you have to be very keen about the authenticity and quality of the jewels. The purity and fineness of gold used in the jewels are measured by a unit called Karat. Wholesale jewelry uses gold with any other metal like copper to make it an alloy. This is done because pure metal is highly malleable and ductile, so the jewelry items could be easily folded or bent which may make them very sensitive and susceptible to break. In case of gems, we have to keep in mind the four C’s before making a purchase. They are the color, cut, clarity and cost. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jewelers, precious stone workers and gem workers have earned a yearly salary of $30,800 in 2004.