Jewelry Manufactured in the USA!

By Mary Costa on Sep 07, 2011 at 03:32 PM in Handmade Jewelry Designs

A few months ago, I did some research into the "Made in America, or USA" label, and found some interesting information.  I went to a government website for my research, and even tho' I design and create by my hands, every jewelry design that's made at Mariska's Designs, I cannot say it's "Made in America".  Perhaps you're in the same situation, so I decided to share my findings. The research is taken from the following Government site:

http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus03-complying-made-usa-standard

"For a product to be called Made in USA, or claimed to be of domestic origin without qualifications or limits on the claim, the product must be "all or virtually all" made in the U.S. The term "United States," as referred to in the Enforcement Policy Statement, includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories and possessions." 

And what exactly is all or virtually all? I asked myself, and found farther down on the page:

"All or virtually all" means that all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. That is, the product should contain no — or negligible — foreign content.

I took an account of most of the components to see if I fit their criteria:

I use are Lampwork Glass Beads, which I purchase from US/American Glass Artists. I also use Bali, Thai and Sterling silver beads, most are made in Bali and Thailand. In almost every jewelry design, I include Swarovski Crystals, made in Austria. The "49 Strand beading wire" I use to string the beads, is made in Japan. The Sterling silver wire that I use in my bangle bracelets and other jewelry parts (like ear wires)- is from an unknown country (it's never labeled!?!). And the rest of the components...not sure.

I actually fit some of the criteria, however in the end I didn't, here's what I fit:

The product’s final assembly or processing must take place in the U.S. Yep, I fit that qualification!

There’s no law that requires most other products (besides autos, textiles, furs) sold in the U.S. to be marked or labeled Made in USA-so I'm not  required to label my jewelry.  However...the minute I choose to identify it as Made in USA, "restrictions apply", as they say!

I hope you find the information helpful! So here's my label:

                                 craftedAmerica

 

Mary Costa aka Mariska

Mary Costa aka "Mariska" & Jewelry Matchmaker®

We create jewelry to match and adorn the beautiful spirit of a woman.

mary@mariskasdesigns.com

www.mariskasdesigns.com