Yikes...it really is getting crazy! All those beautiful silver beads, clasps, chains and findings are now becoming extremely pricey to buy.
Over the past few months I have started to use a lot more copper and brass in my designs, so that I can keep offering one of a kind creations at affordable prices. I am also using a lot more vintage findings, and chains and repurposing jewelry, so that I can achieve the desired looks that I want to create, without breaking the bank. That way I can pass the savings onto the consumer, who can still purchase a handcrafted piece of fashionable jewelry at a reasonable cost.
I love working with silver, and I will continue to offer sterling silver and gold vermeil pieces, but unfortunately the prices on the new items with these precious metals are going to be substantially higher. However, I will always create all of my earrings with sterling ear wires, due to the fact that many people have allergic reactions to less expensive metals that are worn in the ear. Every jewelry designer is in the same boat, so it won't be too long until you will see prices increase in all jewelry that is made with sterling and fine silver. So if you have been thinking of purchasing anything made of sterling or fine silver, my advice to you is don't wait....because the price of silver is forecast to steadily increase.
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