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Rare Jewelry That Isn’t So Rare Anymore

Printable bling is edging its way into the mainstream | “The manufacturing costs … are cut probably by 75 percent”

In college, when Mario Christian Lavorato and his brother started making jewelry to sell, they quickly learned that the business had kept one foot in the Middle Ages. They designed their beads and charms out of clay, then molded the finished products by hand. Peers they met at trade shows used blowtorches to meticulously craft each piece for weeks.

That heavy labor is a big factor in the slim profit margins

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