Premier Designs Jewelry - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
I have purchased a lot of Premier Designs Jewelry over the past several years, through attending parties, being a Hostess for parties, and from eBay sellers.
Unfortunately, I would have to say that I have been disappointed with the overall quality of the jewelry. I love the high-fashion designs and the opportunity to view the latest trends in fashion jewelry, and the sales reps are generally motivated, reputable, and knowledgeable about the jewelry line. They seem to genuinely believe in the product and the company.
I don't believe that there is any scam involved with this company as far as the sales reps are concerned, and the company itself has been in business - and from what I have read, debt-free -since 1985.
That said, the actually quality of the jewelry varies tremendously between each piece in the product lines. I have had several pieces of jewelry break (links, clasps, lines of beads) before I even had the chance to wear it, and some of it tarnished easily with normal wear - by this, I mean normal wear for high-end fashion jewelry, not worn every day or even every week.
I have been greatly disappointed, because I LOVE the jewelry and just wish it would hold up better! Even with the company golden guarantee, it is often not convenient to return it to the company for a replacement, and if you buy a discontinued piece on eBay, the golden guarantee does not apply because the sellers are not - or are no longer - representing Premier Designs.
Considering that each representative who sells Premier Designs makes a 50% profit on each piece of jewelry, it's easy to see the necessity to have it manufactured fairly cheaply, and the cost of metals has increased greatly over the past few years. Premier Designs was intended to provide busy single women and especially single moms with an opportunity to supplement the family income and have fun at the same time, while setting ones own hours by booking home parties.
I would expect this jewelry to hold up at least as well as the average department store fashion jewelry I buy at Target or Macy's...but in most cases, it does not. It seems that the older pieces I have purchased (from the old line prior to 2003)were of higher quality and have lasted longer.
Perhaps they use different companies for manufacture of the jewelry, and there is tremendous variation as far as quality control? Or the materials themselves are cheaper....I am not sure, but at any rate, with the recession we are currently in and people not having a lot of disposable income, I would think that QUALITY would be the most important thing to Premier Designs - the company name and reputation is at stake! It is disappointing to receive a beautiful piece of jewelry and have it break or disintegrate after wearing it only once or twice. The last two pieces of jewelry I have purchased, one a bead necklace and the other a bead bracelet, broke almost immediately after purchase - with careful handling! The line of beads snapped and all of the beads went flying off the nylon string.
If you are thinking of purchasing Premier Designs Jewelry, especially the newer lines, be aware that it might not be of the quality that you would expect, and be prepared for having to have it replaced, or eat the loss. Be careful about buying on the internet on eBay, because generally there is no guarantee on of these pieces - often a representative is selling her own collection after getting out of the business, or reselling items she bought in bulk.
I LOVE THE JEWELRY!! Just wish it all held up better....with normal wear and handling.