Thailand is the biggest manufacturer of silver jewellery followed by China (Hong Kong) and Italy. Importing from professional jewellery exporters is usually very simple and straightforward. Sterling silver jewellery should bear the mark “925” as this will indicate it is made from metals with a 92.5% silver content.
Some buyers seek to purchase silver jewellery based on its weight. This is one way to buy silver jewellery at the bottom of the market but it does not work so well when you are trying to value higher quality jewellery with superior settings and finishing. Also be aware that many silver jewellery designs are often unnecessarily heavy which will only push the price in an upward direction.
Many retailers will agree that plain silver rings are the best selling items followed by dangling type hook earrings. But if you buy rings then you need to understand which sizes are the most popular. Normally in Western countries, for ladies rings, size 8 and 7 are the most popular followed size 9.
Cubic Zirconia Jewellery or CZ as it is sometimes called is also a fast seller especially Clear and Black Stones. Cubic Zirconia (CZ) is available in many different grades so buyers should check with vendors to find out which grade is actually being offered. You should also check to see if the Silver is Rhodium plated or not.
Jewellery that is rhodium plated will be far less likely to tarnish or blacken but the plating process does add to the cost of production. One of the biggest advantages of rhodium plating is that it makes silver look highly polished which perfectly compliments CZ settings.
There are many jewellery trade shows in Asia and many silver jewellery manufacturers in Asia. However, most large suppliers will insist on orders of at least 50 pieces per design. Therefore for independent retailers and small traders it will be important to find a wholesale supplier that does not insist on a minimum order. It is also important to see if any potential supplier will offer you a money back guarantee if you are not pleased with what you have ordered.
Import duties on silver jewelry are not charged in most developed nations except in the European Union where the rate is 2.5%.
For shipping, most suppliers will offer different delivery methods including registered airmail, Express Mail and by couriers such as UPS. Delivery times will vary according to delivery system used. If you want door to door service use UPS as they will deal with any customs procedures.
Here are the most important things to bear in mind if you are considering buying Wholesale Silver Jewellery from Asian sources:
Does the supplier insist on a minimum order quantity? This will be important if you want to firstly place a test order. Does the supplier offer a reasonably large selection of the latest designs? Do they offer unique items that might not be so available elsewhere? Does the supplier offer a professional export service? What shipping options can they provide? Can they speak your language? This will be very important if you have any problems to resolve. Does the supplier offer a meaningful guarantee?