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Question DetailsAsked on 6/6/2012

Angie, I'm looking for a jewelry manufacturer to mass produce. I own jewelry that belonged to Jacqueline Onassis. Any suggestions?Thank you

I own a brooch and a necklace that belonged to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I purchased them from Sotheby's 1996 Auction of her estate. A picture of her wearing the brooch is in the catalogue. So many home shopping shows are copying her jewelry. I don't know why my pieces wouldn't be just as precious.
I have sent requests to random jewelers with no response.
Any suggestions?
Thank you.
John S

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Hi John,

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Answered 8 years ago by JP


Hi John S,

I realise you may no longer need to know the answer to this question but I'd be happy to advise you. You'll probably need to look overseas for lower costs (and the HSN loves lower costs in my experience) although there are fine craftspeople in the USA too. You would send in a picture of the item and any other techincal details of the sizes/stones you'd like to use. A potential manufacturer would provide you with an estimate. The better ones should break them down for you into metal, stone and labor costings. Be sure to consider the cost of shipping and any duties payable to customs. A good manufacturer should be able to tell you this too. You'd then get a sample made (if the costs seem reasonable) with which you could check the quality. At that point, you could also use your sample(s) to sell to the HSN or outlet of your choice before placing a larger order.




Answered 8 years ago by Emma


Bear in mind that by the time you research whether it is already a copyrighted design (which it probably was if bought/acquired from 1964 onwards), have it made, pay UP FRONT - before any sales, pay export/import duties, pay for warehousing, pay for agent to sell it to stopres or HSN or whatever, pay sales commissions and promotional costs, legal costs, etc - you may get at most 10% of what it sells for commercially, plus you absorb ALL the risk. Bear in mind about 95% of these type of schemes go bust.

It is way too late to fabricate anything in time for the buying impulse that might hit on JFK's 50th assassination anniversary or her 20th death anniversary dates late this year and early next year. I would guess, as a layman, that your best return on investment would be to sell the actual items between this November oand next May.

Pay attention to the copyright issue - if it was made by a major designer, which is very likely, it would have been copyrighted if made specifically for her certainly, and likely regardless because it was probably one-of-a-kind if bought by her or her family. Just because you onw the piece of jewerly does NOT mean you own the copyright - unless that was transferred with the piece, the designing firm still owns that, and the term could be from 50 to 120 years after date of manufacture,, depending on various factors.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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