Image thanks and credit: Nick Karvounis
In China, and closeby Asian countries where all manufacturing is moving to, especially clothing and definitely jewelry, those fabricators and manufacturing operators and owners are Chinese. This is because they have all the experience in the world. Chinese manufacturers of everything, whether they are in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam or China, they know what they do very well.
Since the opening up of China in the 1970s by Deng Xiao Ping (“It’s Glorious to Get Rich”.) Chinese workers and managers and owners, of course, have learnt how to make everything from Apple mobile phones to Nike, UnderArmour to Pandora charms. I have said this before, the Chinese are the most skilled, hardworking and dedicated manufacturers on the planet.
They do not want to give that position up, and so now they are building and making their own products. New China brands, for example, phones, are outstanding value and have huge performances, much better than the latest iPhones at a quarter of the price.
Brands Get Paid by Distributors Per Item in Advance to Produce & Sell
Get to the point, Caroline. So, TradeMarked brands receive money from distributors who pay makers to create the TradeMarked brand’s products. This is how things are made and have been for over 30 years, just in case you did not know. This means the brands get the money before the items are made or sold.
The brands ensure the production meets the standards of their brand. In actual fact, they are teaching how to make the products perfectly to the Chinese factory owner. The owners often open up another factory and duplicate the first factory and produce replicants, the only difference is that the 70% or higher fee to the brand of the product has not been paid.
These items are identical, not copies.
Know Your Grade Export, A, B, C, D, E
The identical replicas are Grade Export. Grade A is made with slightly cheaper materials and is very close identical. Each letter, the quality of the material to what you would see as a bad fake, are Grade C, and so on.
Don’t forget the materials for all products are sold to distributors at prices much higher than are normal in China. The factory owner can get those materials for the distributor and the brand at a lower price. So, when producing their own, often the actual quality is much higher and better than, say, Pandora. Just as with their mobile phones.
Charm Grades – Get to Understand
What are the differences between the charms? There are two main types of charms. The charms that take their creative designs from Pandora and other famous brands. The second type of charms, are those that are made with the same high quality or higher than brands (the best manufacturers in China stop producing for themselves and selling because they don’t want to produce for brands anymore, they have more than the skills as they have been doing what they do for 50 years now!)
Pandora is made for Pandora. It is an original product. So, we have two types, brand and non-brand.
Brand charms also come in Export Grade, Grade A, B, C, D, and rarely E. Export Grade also come absolutely identical products, all brand markings included – these manufacturers made them for the big brands and continue to by themselves. I can get my hands on these at any time.
The charms you see on ffyf.store are Export Grade. That means all genuine materials, sterling silver, cubic zirconias, outstanding quality rose gold and 14k gold electro-coatings that simply don’t fade off.
The Challenge, Which is Which?
Charms for around $10 in Australia are Grade B and worse. The charms that you see on eBay that are extremely cheap, 100 charms cost the sellers $100. They sell them for $5. The charms look the same but they are not. The core of the charms is not sterling silver, it is steel with silver plating. The cubic zirconias are glass, or even cheaper lower grade hard plastic.
Which of these charms the Export Grade that sells for around $50-80 (which has a core of S925 sterling silver and excellent quality rose gold electroplating,) and which one is the Grade-D (cheap rose gold plating and not made of sterling silver, sold for around $15 on eBay? The left or the right? Either of them could be Export Grade with all the markings, identical to the original.
Comment your decision on our facebook page on this post, and I will let you know soon, which is what.
I know all this because I got to know Asia and China for more than three decades, closer to four. All this information was only shared to me after a decade. It’s common knowledge in Thailand, China, Laos and Vietnam.
Sorry, the truth hurts.