• Jewelry & Accessories Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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    About to import Jewelry & Accessories from suppliers in China? Keep reading, and learn more about how the industry works – and what really matters when selecting a Jewelry manufacturer.

    In this article, we explain what you must know about heavy metals regulations, design customization, molds, and product packaging. We also give you insights into quality management and the different categories of Jewelry suppliers.

    Manufacturers, Trading Companies and Wholesalers in the Jewelry Industry

    There are three main categories of suppliers in the Jewelry and Accessories industry:

    1. Manufacturers

    2. Trading Companies

    3. Wholesalers

    The general wisdom is to only work with the first category. In many cases, that makes a lot of sense. By working directly with a manufacturer, you will have more control over the design process – and have better insights into their ability to ensure compliance with relevant standards.

    However, many of the leading suppliers in the industry belong to the second category, Trading Companies. These trading houses can often showcase international brands, such as H&M and Zara, on their list of customers.

    Even though they are legally considered as Trading Companies, they own multiple Jewelry factories and can offer a wide range of products.

    Then, there are smaller traders, that belong to the third category. Wholesalers. Buying from a Jewelry wholesaler in China is rarely an option, at least not for American and European importers. This is despite the fact that wholesalers can offer lower MOQs.

    Keep reading and you’ll learn why.

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    Product Scope, Materials and Components

    There’s no real product quality difference between manufacturers. This can be explained by the fact that Jewelry and Accessories manufacturers procure materials from subcontractors.

    As such, they can essentially produce any ‘quality’ that is available on the market. That said, Jewelry manufacturers still tend to be highly specialized in a certain category of Jewelry and accessories. A few examples of subsections within the industry follow below:

    • Stainless Steel Jewelry
    • Pearl Jewelry
    • Plastic Jewelry and Accessories
    • Leather Accessories
    • Gold and Silver Jewelry
    • Children’s Jewelry

    Suppliers that offer a wider range of products tend to be trading companies, or (at the other end of the spectrum) larger groups that operate multiple factories.

    Product Safety, Restricted Heavy Metals and Chemicals

    Jewelry is covered by heavy metal and chemical regulations in the United States and the European Union. These regulations can, broadly speaking, be divided into two categories:

    a. Regulations applicable to all Jewelry and Accessories

    b. Regulations applicable only to Children’s Jewelry & Accessories

    These regulations, such as REACH and CPSIA, sets strict limits on Nickel, Lead, Mercury, and other substances.

    Products that contain amounts above the limits are illegal to place on the market. Hence, it is critical to ensure that the products you purchase are compliant.

    Many Chinese suppliers in the Jewelry and Accessory industry cannot ensure compliance with overseas regulations. There are multiple reasons for this:

    a. The supplier is not primarily focused on developed markets. Thus, they have limited experience with ensuring compliance and may not even be able to procure the right materials from its base of subcontractors.

    b. The supplier is a small trader or agent, that has little experience with – or is simply unaware of – American and European regulations.

    A supplier without the right experience, and without access to the right material suppliers, is a liability.

    To weed them out, you need to obtain documentation that proves that the supplier has some sort of track record with manufacturing Jewelry and Accessories in compliance with EU and US standards.

    The best way to do that, is by only dealing with suppliers that can provide test reports. You may, for example, request the following documentation:

    • Heavy metals test report
    • REACH SVHC test report
    • ASTM / CPSIA test Report
    • CA Prop 65 test report

    Based on our experience, this simple document check excludes around 75% of the suppliers on the market. As such, it is the most critical factor when selecting a manufacturer.

    Still, a test report only shows that the supplier, at some point in time, produced a compliant batch of jewelry. It is not, however, a guarantee for future product compliance. Neither can an old test report be used as a verification for future orders.

    Jewelry Gift Boxes and Packaging

    Jewelry and Accessory manufacturers procure product packaging from specialized subcontractors. Buyers tend to have two packaging options:

    a. Standard product packaging

    Most suppliers can offer a limited range of standard product packaging. Standard packaging (i.e., gift boxes) cannot be design and material customized.

    It can, however, be purchased in lower volumes – often from 300 to 500 pcs. Standard jewelry packing can also be branded, with the buyer’s logo.

    b. Custom designed packaging

    Most suppliers can, via their subcontractors, offer custom-designed packaging for their buyers. However, the MOQ for OEM packaging is often set at 3000 to 5000 pcs. Roughly ten times as the MOQ of factory standard packaging.

    Design Capabilities and Product Customization

    Jewelry and accessory manufacturers are generally assembly manufacturers. They don’t produce tooling and components.

    Jewelry parts are procured by highly specialized materials and component manufacturers. Many Jewelry factories work with more than 50 different subcontractors.

    Most suppliers are equal in their capability to offer their buyers custom designed products. In the Jewelry industry, there are two ways to customize products:

    a. Customization using standard components. A necklace, for example, can be an entirely unique design, even if made of standardized components.

    b. Customized parts: You can also create entirely new Jewelry components, such as connectors and beads. This is offered by all manufacturers, via their mold subcontractors.

    Many Jewelry brands apply both strategies, as they use both standardized and custom-designed components. Only using custom components is both slow and expensive, as new tooling must be made for each new custom part.

    Another thing Jewelry and Accessory factories have in common is their extremely limited design support to their customers. They expect their buyers to know a thing or two about the product, and don’t like spending time educating inexperienced buyers.

    Don’t expect to get free design services, or even feedback on your designs, unless you are an established customer.

    Quality Management

    A Quality Management System (i.e., ISO 9001:2008) is implemented to track, manage and prevent quality issues during the manufacturing process.

    In the Jewelry and Accessories industry, a quality management procedure can look like this:

    – Step 1: Check incoming components from subcontractors (i.e., design, materials and dimensions)

    – Step 2: Quality checkpoints on the assembly line

    – Step 3: Final pre-packaging quality check

    For Jewelry importers, the biggest risk is defective components provided by subcontractors. Hence, the factory must have a standardized control procedure for all incoming Jewelry parts and materials.

    Throughout the assembly lines, the supplier must also have checkpoints, to ensure that the assembled units contain the right components and in the right quantity.

    Proper instructions (i.e., Design drawings and component lists for each SKU) must be present for the workers to see.

    That said, internal quality management procedures are never a substitute for third party pre-shipment quality inspections.

    Notice that the vast majority of Jewelry and Accessories suppliers are not ISO 9001 certified. That doesn’t mean they don’t apply some sort of basic quality management process – but it shall not be taken for granted.

    Regardless of whether the supplier is QMS certified, you should request records of previous internal quality checks.

    Social Compliance / Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    While many buyers assume that child labor is widespread in China, it is not. That being said, child labor is not the only point of interest in social compliance.

    There are various social compliance organizations, that issue certification for suppliers that pass their inspections. BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) is one such organization.

    Only the largest and most established Jewelry and Accessories suppliers are BSCI certified. It is, however, a sign of quality – in terms of organization. BSCI certified suppliers tend to have top brand clients from around the world.

    Big brand names might be a double-edged sword for smaller buyers, but it’s generally a good thing.

    Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ)

    Jewelry manufacturers tend to have more than one MOQ requirement. One is set on a ‘per order’ basis and reflects the minimum number of units the supplier wants to assemble.

    The second is set on a ‘per design’ or ‘per component’ basis. This MOQ requirement is not set by the supplier, but by the component subcontractor.

    The latter is harder to negotiate down but can be managed by using as many standardized jewelry parts as possible.

    List of Jewelry Manufacturers in China

    Listed Companies

    • Shenzhen Yibi Jewelry
    • Shenzhen Beyaly Jewelry
    • Henry Jewellery Manufacturer
    • Shenzhen Mass Jewelry
    • Wing Wo Hing Jewelry Group
    • Zhuhai Kirin Jewelry
    • Charming Jewellery
    • Guangzhou Nina Jewelry Factory
    • Foshan KeKe Jewelry

    Disclaimer

    We are not affiliated with any of the companies listed in this guide. We have selected these companies based on their claimed product scope, history, certification, and capabilities.

    Shenzhen Yibi Jewelry

    Shenzhen Yibi Jewelry is a manufacturer established in 2009. The company offers OEM package services to designers, boutiques, and private-label jewelry shops, providing assistance from the technical drawings to finished products.

    Yibi currently offers jewelry made in three materials – stainless steel, ceramic, and tungsten – and more than 50 product lines, including rose gold plated rings, signet rings, veteran rings, turquoise rings, silver pendants, opal studs, pearl earrings, zircon bracelets, hemp bracelets, and leather bangles.

    Main Products

    • Veteran rings
    • Engagement rings
    • Wedding rings
    • Bracelets
    • Chains
    • Earrings
    • Studs
    • Pendants

    Summary

    • Certification: ISO 9001
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Yes

    Location: 2nd Floor, Tongfu Industrial Park, Dalang Village, Dalang Street, Longhua District, Shenzhen, Guangdong

    Shenzhen Beyaly Jewelry

    Shenzhen Beyaly Jewelry was founded in 2006, providing B2B customized services or solutions for jewelry buyers. Their OEM services involve CAD sketching, waxing, 3D printing, rapid prototyping, molding, infusing, polishing, inlaying, electroplating, and polishing.

    Beyaly offers jewelry made and processed with a wide variety of materials, including stainless steel, titanium, brass, 925 Sterling Silver, tungsten, silver and gold inlays, diamond inlays, 18K gold plated, black gun plated, rhodium-plated, and rose gold plated.

    Beyaly has an online catalog offering more than hundreds of styles of jewelry for customers to choose from, including freshwater pearl earrings, zircon earrings, championship rings, school rings, enamel dog tags, pinecone tree pendants, letter disc pendants, crescent pendants, pegasus pendants, geometric stones chains, heart shape charms, wolf tooth charms, and bee studs.

    Main Products

    • Rings
    • Jewelry set
    • Bangles
    • Bracelets
    • Earrings
    • Necklaces
    • Charms
    • Pendants
    • Cufflinks
    • Lockets

    Summary

    • Certification: Not mentioned
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: 50 pcs
    • Samples offered: Yes

    Location: Room 1112-1113, Baoyuan Huafeng Headquarter Economy Building, Xixiang Avenue, Bao’An District, Shenzhen, Guangdong

    Henry Jewellery Manufacturer

    Founded in 1985 in Hong Kong, Henry Jewellery Manufacturer is a professional jewelry designer, manufacturer, and exporter of fine jewelry including 8k to 18k gold, platinum 950, and silver set with diamond, gemstone, semi-precious stone, and pearl.

    The company offers comprehensive OEM services to private labelers and independent designers, covering all types of jewelry with a wide variety of designs catering to different tastes of the customers, including rings, earrings, chains, ankle bracelets, and cufflinks.

    Henry Jewellery Manufacturer has also participated in the OBM business since 2003, launching several in-house brands in the United States, and Australia, including Henry J, VIE, and Luce di Amore.

    Henry Jewellery currently keeps its design and merchandising team members in Hong Kong and relocates the manufacturing center to Panyu, which covers an area of close to 60,000 square feet, employing 600 specialists and craftsmen for the production line.

    Main Products

    • Rings
    • Links
    • Chains
    • Bangles
    • Ankle bracelets
    • Earrings
    • Studs
    • Charms
    • Pendants
    • Cufflinks

    Summary

    • Certification: ISO 9001
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Not mentioned

    Location: Focal Industrial Centre, Block B, 21 Man Lok Street, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong S.A.R

    Shenzhen Mass Jewelry

    Shenzhen Mass Jewelry is an experienced jewelry manufacturer offering OEM and ODM services for small-scale buyers and well-established brands, wholesalers, and vendors. The company has a R&D team with in-house designers and sales representatives, providing pre-market product design and branding services.

    Additionally, the company also has in-house professional photographers and photo retouching experts helping customers during the promotion and advertising process.

    Shenzhen Mass Jewelry has designed and developed jewelry in more than 5,000 styles, featuring fashionable and entry lux styles, which are popular for female customers aged between 20-40. These products are made with a broad variety of materials such as ceramic, tungsten, carbide, stainless steel, silver, titanium, and brass.

    The product line os Shenzhen Mass Jewelry include animal figure rings, tie knot rings, knuckle rings, pack rings, biker rings, spinner band rings, solitaire rings, adjustable rings, cuff earrings, folding hoop earrings, ball post studs, plectrum pendants, arrow charms, surfboard pendants, cross pendants, and others.

    Main Products

    • Knuckle rings
    • Studs
    • Pendants
    • Chains
    • Bracelets
    • Cufflinks

    Summary

    • Certification: Not mentioned
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Yes

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: Not mentioned
    • Location: Shenzhen

    Location: Zhongxin Road, Bao’An District, Shenzhen, Guangdong

    Wing Wo Hing Jewelry Group

    Wing Wo Hing Jewelry Group was founded in the 1980s, specializing in the making of fine pearl-decorated jewelry products with 18K gold, 14K gold, 10K gold, 9K gold, and 925 sterling silver. The company mainly uses freshwater pearl, Tahiti pearl, Keshi pearls, south sea pearl, and Akoya pearl in their products.

    Wing Wo Hing is headquartered in Hong Kong, with a team mainly handles customer services and documentation, logistic arrangement. The manufacturing facility is located in Guangzhou.

    Wing Wo Hing’s jewelry products include rings, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings of special designs, such as adjustable multi-band rings, stackable rings, multiple open rings, criss-cross rings, twisted rings, baroque earrings, retro earrings, jacket earrings, tassel earrings, feather earrings, and other designs.

    All these products are embedded with pearls that are specially polished or cut to match the overall design of the products. Customers can choose round shape pearls, oval shape pearls, nugget shape pearls, Keshi shape pearls, baroque shape pearls, special shape pearls.

    Besides wholesale pearl jewelry, the company also sells loose pearls in crude shapes.

    Main Products

    • Rings
    • Studs
    • Pendants
    • Bracelets
    • Bangles

    Summary

    • Certification: Not mentioned
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: 30 pcs
    • Samples offered: Yes

    Location: Room B309, 3/F, Tower B, New Mandarin Plaza, 14 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong S.A.R

    Zhuhai Kirin Jewelry

    Zhuhai Kirin Jewelry is a manufacturer, wholesaler, and exporter of 925 silver and brass jewelry products. The company offers ODM and OEM services to customers starting from pattern design to CAD sketching, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, gemstone embedding, sampling, bulk production, to logistics.

    Zhuhai Kirin Jewelry matches semi-precious stones, synthetic stone, cubic zirconia, enamel, and pearls with 925 Sterling Silver, rhodium, black rhodium, rose gold, and yellow gold to create more than hundreds of original designs and settings, including prong setting, pave setting, bezel setting, gypsy setting, tension setting, channel setting, bar setting, and invisible setting.

    Currently, Kirin has hired more than 500 workers in the factory, yielding to a production capacity of up to 1.2 million pieces per year.

    Main Products

    • Rings
    • Studs
    • Brooches
    • Pendants
    • Bracelets
    • Bangles

    Summary

    • Certification: ISO 9001
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Yes

    Location: 4-6th Floor, No.2 Building, No.28 Zuowu Road, Wanzai Town, Zhuhai, Guangdong

    Charming Jewelry

    Charming Jewelry was founded in 2006 as a manufacturer, wholesaler, and exporters of high-end jewelry products. The company’s products are made of gold, rose gold, 18K gold, silver, embedded with diamonds, zircons, and rubies.

    The company produces layered necklaces, layered chokers, chains, extra-long necklaces, necklaces for back decoration, criss-cross bangles, back pendants, multi-band rings, open rings, jacket earrings, ear climbers, and other types of jewelry products.

    The headquarters of Charming Jewelry is in Hong Kong, primarily offers customer supporting services. The factory of the company is located in Shenzhen, with in-house professional jewelry designers and craftsmen, launching more than 100 new designs each quarter, yielding to an output of around 100,000 pieces of jewelry annually.

    Main Products

    • Engagement rings
    • Wedding bands
    • Back pendants
    • Pendants
    • Ear studs
    • Ear climbers
    • Bracelets
    • Bangles

    Summary

    • Certification: Not mentioned
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Not mentioned

    Location: 326-328, Block B, Focal Industrial Centre, 21 Man Lok Street, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong S.A.R

    Guangzhou Nina Jewelry Factory

    Guangzhou Nina Jewelry Factory is an OEM and ODM jewelry manufacturer and exporter of 925 sterling silver jewels.

    Nina Jewelry’s product lines include engagement, wedding ceremony, party, and daily wear collection. The company is committed to offering tailor-made jewelry design, development, and manufacturing services, involving procedures like CAD jewelry modeling and casting, 3D wax-printing jewelry designing and prototyping, injection mold making, final production, and promotion picture retouching.

    Other than regular jewelry for hand, neck, and ears, Nina Jewelry also produces toe rings, brooches, nose clips, tie clips, and other ornaments made of silver rose gold, brass, and copper. Clients can customize plain jewelry with cubic zirconia, pearl, opal, crystal, agate, ruby, sapphire, and turquoise.

    Main Products

    • Bridal rings
    • Men’s rings
    • Chains
    • Bracelets
    • Bangles
    • Nose clips
    • Toe rings
    • Brooches
    • Tie clips

    Summary

    • Certification: Not mentioned
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Yes

    Location: A315-316, 3rd Floor, Juying Jewelry Building, Daluotang, Panyu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong

    Foshan KeKe Jewelry

    Foshan KeKe Jewelry was established in June 2006 specializes in offering OEM jewelry making services to private labels in China and overseas brands. The company is committed to the design, research and development, and manufacturing of jewelry.

    KeKe Jewelry’s main products include men’s and women’s earrings, rings, necklaces, pendants, bangles, bracelets, and piercing tools. These products are made with 316 steel, 316L steel, tungsten steel, ceramic, 925 silver, and zircon.

    The ODM products of KeKe Jewelry include religious bracelets, holiday-themed jewelry sets, animal figure rings, portrait earrings, and more.

    At the present, KeKe Jewelry has an annual production capacity of around 60 million pieces, selling to more than 30 countries around the world.

    Main Products

    • Rings
    • Earrings
    • Studs
    • Pendants
    • Bracelets
    • Bangles

    Summary

    • Certification: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001
    • Compliance: RoHS
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Yes

    Location: No. 810, 43 Zhangye Second Road, Chancheng District, Foshan, Guangdong

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    • 4 Responses to “Jewelry & Accessories Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

      1. Ndubuisi C. A. at 10:02 pm

        Thank you so much for this post. I intend setting up a jewellery store in my home country. I really value your advice on how to get the best from a supplier/manufacturer from China. I would really need more of this advice in years to come.
        Kind regards.

      2. Laura Honey at 12:57 pm

        Thankyou so much for this awesome post! Becoming familiar with different markets helps me to start observing patterns when it comes to regulations.

        Would love you to do a post on the lingerie and the adult market (not a joke hahah Im very serious and passionate about the lingerie business) Looking forward to all your posts :)

        1. ChinaImportal at 2:55 am

          Hello Laura,

          Glad that you like our content!

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