Most Popular Jewelry Items and eBay Authentication
Selling your own designs and handmade jewelry online is one of the most popular small business ideas for crafty people who are just starting up. Three very important things for the very beginning are the type of shop you will be setting up, where and what exactly will you be selling.
It’s very important to set up goals and ideas because the best place to sell your creations depends on what type of jewelry you will make. If you are going to be making handcrafted, unique jewelry pieces, Etsy.com, eBay, or your local craft fairs will be your best bets. If you will be working with expensive materials and precious stones, you should consider opening your own online business or a local shop. Antique pieces often call for a booth at a local antique mall.
Whichever route you choose, there are plenty of jewelry pieces you can make for a wide range of customers. Let’s take a look at some ideas that work:
1. Beaded necklaces
Those necklaces can be long or short, colorful or one tone, multiple layers or just one – your imagination is your limit. The best thing is that beaded necklaces can add color to every outfit and every style, and are always desired, making them perfect jewelry for all beginners.
2. Engagement rings
This category is always popular! You can sell estate rings, create your own luxury pieces, or utilize raw and engineered diamonds to create unique statement jewelry.
3. Charm bracelets
If you are making charms for bracelets, you might as well make bracelets themselves. Having both matching products will keep customers coming back for more.
4. Personalized charms and pendants
You can make your own or personalized charms for bracelets or pendants for necklaces. Both of those items are very popular gifts for parents because they can include children’s’ names, birthdays, or short messages.
5. Pendant necklaces
Simple necklaces are very universal and are often bought by themselves, but if you also offer pendants for them, you will attract more business your way. The pendants & necklaces are easy to make from silver, gold, metal, string, or thin leather bands.
6. Engraved wedding bands
Another ever popular category, where you can offer one-of-the-kind jewelry with optional custom engraving.
7. Gemstone earrings
Just like with every other jewelry piece, gemstones work great for earrings. You can make them as post settings or have stones dangling like chandeliers.
8. Gemstone rings
There is a gemstone for everything – birthday, zodiac sign, various important dates, and every family member, so it’s very practical to make statement rings using gemstones, such as amethysts or aquamarines to symbolize important occasions and people.
9. Turquoise bracelets and necklaces
This stone is so popular that it deserves its own category, especially when it comes to Southwest jewelry. Unique bracelets from turquoise are always in demand and can be sold at local fairs or gift shops.
10. Hoop earrings
Those are universal and forever classic. You can create them from various metals, precious or not, and various sizes. Many jewelry makers add gemstones, beads, feathers, and other decorations to make them standout.
11. Bangle bracelets
Those structured pieces of jewelry can be made of various materials – plastic, metal, precious metals, and many others. They can be stacked or come with charms and gemstones.
12. Gold, platinum, and silver rings
All three of those metals can be used to create simple or statement rings. Making this type of jewelry can yield higher return on investment even if they cost more to make.
13. Choker necklaces
They never fully go out of style or at least make a return from time to time. They can be made from all kinds of inexpensive materials and be very intricate or simple, artsy or modern, and everything in between. They are easily customizable and can be made to order.
14. Stacking rings
Those are very trendy now and can be stacked one on top of each other or side by side. Parents love them because each one can commemorate a child’s birthday or a family member’s name.
15. Statement earrings
Statement earrings are usually large and intricate. They can be made of various expensive or affordable materials and are usually large and ready to be noticed.
16. Class rings
If you can make customized rings in bulk, you should contact local schools and see if you can be booked to make class rings for graduating seniors.
17. Vintage costume jewelry
Such jewelry is very desirable by collectors or fashionistas everywhere. These pieces are usually not very expensive, but eye catching. Consider selling vintage costume jewelry on eBay, Etsy, local antique shops, and flea markets.
Custom made pins and large brooches were very popular back in the day and are making their comeback. You can find many of them at local vintage stores or eBay, and then polish and fix them for higher resale value.
19. Vintage watches
Making watches might not be attainable for small business, but if you know the technology behind watches, you can purchase vintage pieces, fix them, and then sell them for high margins.
20. Raw gemstones
All kinds of raw unpolished gemstones are all the rage right now, so use them for custom statement jewelry and you will have it made. Use various crystals, amethyst, and moonstone for every type of jewelry.
What is happening with eBay’s jewelry department?
Some very happy and welcoming news, that’s what. eBay has announced that it’s expanding the capabilities of their Authenticate service to include luxury jewelry. Buyers are invited to shop eBay’s listings of over 45,000 luxury jewelry items. You can buy diamonds and gemstones that have been verified and approved by gemstone professionals as of recently.
The service was launched over a year ago, but did not include jewelry department until now. It was created to authenticate other luxury goods, such as designer handbags and watches. The step into jewelry was long awaited and logical, given the fact that eBay sells about 2,000 jewelry items per hour, 1 diamond ring per minute, and over 50,000 jewelry pieces per day.
Currently eBay is authenticating wedding bands, engagement rings, loose diamonds and gemstones, and vintage and fine jewelry that range in price between $250 and $2,000 by top two dozen sellers. The service is not free and not available to everybody just yet. The authentication is done by third party jewelry experts.
eBay is currently offering handbag verification service for everybody for 20% of the value with 10% of value through January.