I needed an 18" 14K yellow gold snake chain, so I looked in Rio and
found something very strange. Note the following:
Item 62427018 18" 14KY 1.2 mm yellow gold snake chain $250.93
Item 64509718 18" 14K 1 mm yellow gold snake chain $273.92 (US)
When I wrote them asking why their thinner/lighter (local) chain was
more expensive than their thicker/heavier (imported) chain, their
final answer was:
The reply below is from the Product Manager that runs the 14KY chain
US made chains are not always cheaper than imported chains
especially when it comes to snake chains since they are harder to
That is our pricing structure.
I found this particularly interesting because I ended up getting a
1.3 mm here in Jerusalem for $165! It was excellent quality"totally
flexible and very nice ends. And I only bought one. I have bought
from the dealer several times, but I am a VERY small customer. I’ve
had an account with Rio for over twenty years, but the prices on
these chains seem regular retail. What do you guys think? I had
always found Rio very reasonably priced, even for gold and silver.
PS The Rio prices were in effect the same time I bought the chain
here, so its not a matter of change in gold price.