I’m a small designer trying to break in to the wholesale business.
I do have reps at all the major marketplaces (Chicago, Dallas,
Atlanta) and I’m struggling with trying to keep my prices somewhat
competitive with the imported jewelry. One of the things I’m proud
to put on my jewelry (earring cards, hang tags) is “Made in the USA”.
However, I took a little shopping trip the other day and looked at
the jewelry on the counters at Nordstrom’s, Nieman’s, etc. I realize
that marking the actual jewelry itself is next to impossible, but why
aren’t there markings on the paper tags stating Made in China, Made
in Indonesia, etc.? I know for a fact that Liz Claiborne and Barse
are not made in the USA, but yet there is nothing showing where it is
actually made. Am I in the dark here? Is there an exception when it
comes to jewelry that there are no regulations for marking jewelry
(or the tags sold along with it) made in other countries? Where’s
the fair competition if buyers have no idea if a product is made in
the USA or made in a foreign country? Or does it not matter
anymore??? I won’t lie…this issue really bothers me.