After nearly 40 years sourcing silver, crystal, jade and other gemstone jewelry in China, Thailand, India and Indonesia, I believe there are motherboards in my brain wired with silver that pick up signals from jewelry display shelves informing me that there’s stuff I need to look at. The product seems to find us. True, my fellow-buyer Cindy Chau and I go at it with the passion of prospectors looking for mother lodes and are thrilled with our discoveries. But with such an overwhelming variety and quantity to choose from for our Amazing Grace airport stores in Hong Kong International Airport, Singapore’s Changi Airport and our website, we need all the help we can get. So I guess what I’m saying is that in addition to experience, knowledge of our customer, and the endurance needed to visit factories and schlep up and down the aisles at jewelry trade shows and markets, instinct aided by some paranormal talents play a big part as well.
I liked silver from the days the silver commodity contracts I owned in the early ‘70’s were going up-limit every day. That’s when the Hunt Brothers in Texas were trying to corner the market. Unfortunately, the firm selling the contracts was running a scam and just booking my orders instead of placing them so I was never able to fully cash in except for some early takings. But my heart’s still in it. Silver was $6.00 an ounce then, now its around $19.00. What will your purchase of Amazing Grace sterling silver bangles, bracelets, earrings and pendants be worth a few years from now? Most likely a lot more than you paid for them since silver follows closely behind gold. Maybe that’s why the hill tribe ethnic minorities in Thailand and China are ahead of us in their thinking. They load up with silver jewelry they make themselves and wear their wealth on their arms and around their necks.
Some things just seem to lend themselves to silver. Dragons look great as pendants and bangles, elephants do well as bracelets just like they do at a circus in a daisy chain, and Chinese characters look like they were meant to hang from earrings and around the neck to denote your birth month sign according to the Chinese horoscope calendar. That means you could be a dragon, tiger, rabbit, perhaps a snake or rat or one of seven other animals, flashing your identity by catching a few rays of light. What a great way to start conversations.
The first thing I learned in business was to eliminate the middle man whenever possible. The key is sourcing and is the reason our jade jewelry is so affordable, from one-of-a-kind designer necklaces to the green jade and white jade bracelets and pendants that sell so well in the Amazing Grace airport stores. That doesn’t mean we mine the jade ourselves or even buy the un-cut stones at auction. But sourcing components from a variety of suppliers, often from different countries, making unlikely combinations and working with designers and top craftspeople have consistently enabled Amazing Grace to develop original yet inexpensive jade and gemstone jewelry lines. To fully appreciate the selection, we hope you will visit our airport stores.