Adorned in the USA: The ‘Made in the U.S.’ Label Proves Elusive for Jewelry Companies

What does it take for jewelry to qualify for the “Made in the USA” label? Quite a bit, JCK learns. Is the effort worth it? Chart Metalworks, a small jewelry brand based in Portland, Maine, uses a host of raw materials to fabricate its collection, including pewter, bronze, silver, paper, and resin. All are sourced from U.S. suppliers based primarily in the Northeast. The company touts its Made in the USA status proudly—for proof, see its recently revamped logo, which includes the phrase. Chart Metalworks’ website reveals that every piece of its nautical-inspired collection uses “U.S.-made hand-cast pieces” and is “made by Maine people.” Another indie jewelry brand, Brook & York in Old Saybrook, Conn., also makes seaside-inspired jewelry. And like Chart Metalworks, it ­fabricates every piece of its collection in its local facility, using raw materials sourced ­exclu

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