Tuesday, October 30, 2012
by lee caleca
Designing jewelry is not much different from designing clothing. The process begins the same way with a sketch, technical drawing, presentation board, and sample. Once you've sourced your materials and artisans or manufacturer, you can begin the process of designing pieces for your collection.
|Sketch with finished bracelet for comparison|
|Technical flat with bracelet for comparison|
|Finished page for Look Book with photograph and description of piece|
It's often more time consuming to create jewelry than it is to create clothing. Much depends on the manufacturer. If you're using artisan craftsmen, the process can take even longer but the finished product can be extraordinary.
Check import and tariff dutys. Metals and stones are regulated differently than fabric and textiles. Some countries have obtained trade preference programs and some are duty free. Duty rates are established by Congress and are located in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Go to the U.S.Customs and Border Protection website for more information on importing stones and metals, which is applicable to raw materials as well as finished pieces.