The same merchant from Northern California whom I assisted in early December asked me for names of makers of “unique, sophisticated, and classically and contemporarily influenced styles that are not too trendy” for his store. Also an issue: the cost of the buy-in to get a line, as his ideal acquisition is Pomellato, but its six-figure buy-in is cost-prohibitive.
“If I had my way—and unlimited dollars—I would get Pomellato,” he told JCK. But being a relatively newer and smaller store, that line isn’t an option.
Pomellato Nudo Stacking Rings
“We do a lot with classics, but ones that have a really fine production and a touch of difference,” he continued. “Most of our clients would prefer to stick with 18 karat gold over 14 karat gold, and most of our clients are very tactile so they prefer some weight in the pieces despite the added cost. So, we’re looking for jewelry that is simple and classic but with a twist, and for names that won’t kill the pocketbook while still allowing a proper presence in a smaller store.”
The following 12 firms are the ones I suggested. Have a hole in your inventory? I would be delighted to help you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to issue your request.
Editor’s note: Please know this post is not at all meant to suggest knockoffs. It is, however, intended to offer alternatives to those facing the reality of high line buy-ins. There are thousands of jewelry lines in the world, and if a retailer can’t afford one covetable collection, there are numerous alternatives he or she can consider.
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