As overseas production becomes cheaper and easier to access for U.S. companies, we are seeing more and more jewelry knock-offs coming from overseas factories and mills. Is the below such a knock-off, or just another expression of a similar idea?
I've been on Etsy as a seller and shopper since 2005. As the site grew, so did knock offs. Now it (still) seems commonplace!
Joanna Rutter is a UK illustrator & designer that makes darling pieces out of metal. Over the years, I've noticed more & more resellers selling her designs as mass-produced 'supplies'. I even saw a few shops that blatantly state 'I handcut these designs.. bla bla bla'. The birds, whale, cloud, umbrella & leaves are now everywhere. I've taken a few items from her sold section of her Etsy shop, and found the pieces resellers are hocking to the masses (from South Korea, USA & China) I contacted Joanna last year, pointing out my findings, but I never received a reply. I thought I'd bring my beef here to share & bring awareness. Joanna's shop is at: joannarutter.etsy.com