Before the 925 Sterling Silver

Before The 925 Sterling Silver - Kahlim Choi Blog

Months ago, when I had the idea of designing the Personalized Initial Bracelets, of course I had to think of what materials to use. I immediately thought of using nylon as for the strings because of its durability and strength. However, for the tag where I have to hand-stamp the characters, I thought of using sterling silver at first but then it is quite costly. So what I did was I tried to find alternatives that still has good quality, and that was when I found nickel; together with copper for a rose gold colored tag, and brass for a gold colored tag.

And that was my first few designs, I had nylon strings in different colors and used nickel, copper and brass for the tags. I started giving it out to friends so I could get their comments and feedback on it, and at the same time, they could help me market my new design. It went very well! Again, I had friends of friends buying from me and seeing them happily receive their bracelets and excitedly posting them on their social medias. Everything was going great!

A few weeks went by and I saw some of┬ámy friends wearing the bracelet. I noticed something on the tags though; there were some discoloration. They did not mind it, but I did, and I was not very happy with it. So what happened was I found some metal coating that I could put on it so the discoloration will not happen, but that didn’t cut it as well.

I don’t want to sell anything that does not have a quality that I am happy with. I had to go back to the drawing board and I started finding other metals that could substitute the three other metals that I originally used.. I couldn’t find any. I had to use silver. Yes, it is more expensive and I will have to increase the selling price of the bracelet but that is much better as it will not go through any discoloration.

That is exactly what I did.. and now I am here! The cost increased which forced me to increase the price of the bracelet, but at least now, you could wear these bracelets for a very, very long time.

Wouldn’t it be better to have the best quality even though it is more expensive? What do you think? Let me know in the comments! =)