A: Our website says “nothing we sell as finished jewelry is made in China” and we stand by our belief that many jewelry products assembled or mass manufactured in China are cheap and poorly-made. Our website also says our finished jewelry products are “Made in America” and that is 100% true according to the standards set by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Yet if you read the FAQ question “Where/what is your source of cubic zirconia stones?” then you know that we do not at this time manufacture our 5A diamond-quality cubic zirconia stones in the United States, but instead they are manufactured at our required specifications at a facility in China.
How do these facts fit together? Let us clarify that. These stones currently sold under our “5A/AAAAA cubic zirconia” mark are better than anything else on the market. The processes for creating the raw materials, cutting, and polishing the materials into the finished stones product have been honed and developed over a long period of time and our resources in China are equipped to continue to handle this responsibility. We’re not required by law to disclose that to you, but we do. Haven’t you noticed yet that we at CubicZirconia.com aim to be “The Clear Choice™ for Cubic Zirconia” and transparency matters to us?
However, for a number of reasons, we enjoy letting interested customers know our finished jewelry products are “Made in America” for these reasons:
- All our jewelry pieces are made, hand-crafted, assembled and/or manufactured using the best of ethically-sourced precious metals within the United States, before being shipped from the United States to our customers both domestic and around the world (our shop management and repair facility is actually out of Kentucky; we also have a team making our jewelry in Louisiana).
- Since the Chinese facility’s participation in our manufacturing process starts and ends with the production of stones and the price of each stone is so small compared to the value of silver, gold, palladium, platinum and expert-jeweler labor going into each of our finished jewelry pieces, the Chinese origin for stones used falls under the FTC definition of “negligible contribution”.
Note: from time to time, in addition to finished jewelry products made at our facilities in Louisiana and Kentucky, we also license some jewelry items from other manufacturers-- but those are always either “Made in America” or clearly marked as made elsewhere.