With a flurry of activity occupying everybody’s mind from Thanksgiving to New Years, is it too early for shops to think about stocking wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry? Actually, those that stock Mardi Gras jewelry early reap a big benefit. Let’s look at the reason why.
In 2015, Mardi Gras Day is February 17 and the traditional starting date for the Carnival season is January 6, The Feast of the Epiphany when The Wise Men arrive to visit the Christ Child. For many Krewes, Coronations and Mardi Gras Balls precede Fat Tuesday, often by several weeks. There is a great need for favors for these events and Krewe members are shopping early to get special designs in Mardi Gras jewelry and favors they will proud to give.
A GLIMPSE AT MARDI GRAS FAVORS AND BALLS
Mardigrastraditions.com shows excellent insight in their report on the development of Mardi Gras Balls. The period of Reconstruction in the late 1800s brought turmoil to social and political norms in New Orleans. To offset this, upper class citizens organized balls that acted out aristocratic fantasies based on pre-Enlightenment Europe when kings and courts had codes of chivalry and behavior. These balls gradually developed into Carnival Balls that continue to this day.
The Balls are private events thrown by Krewes. Krewes are private clubs that develop the events that make up Mardi Gras including Balls and parades. They have royal courts including kings and queens. Those selected for the court consider it a great privilege. As a member, there are certain expectations. One of them is the giving of favors by kings, queens, maids, dukes and other court members. In addition, there is a need for “call-out” favors for ladies invited to dance. Other Krewe members often give favors to those seated at their table. Finding favors early eliminates the stress of a frantic search when they are in short supply close to the time of the Ball.
STOCKING WHOLESALE MARDI GRAS JEWELRY EARLY
Traditionally, the most popular favor is Mardi Gras jewelry. A decade ago, the Mardi Gras crown ring was an elite Mardi Gras favor with low supply and great demand. These crown rings, made in the USA, were finished with heavy gold electroplated and clear crystals or crystals in Mardi Gras colors. Stock is still available for this wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry if you want to offer your customers this exclusive item that looks like fine jewelry. Since the USA no longer manufacturers these rings, they will be a Mardi Gras collectible once inventory is depleted.
The wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry most often used as favors is pins. Mardi Gras pins offer the happy combination of a classy look and low wholesale prices. There are at least 40 choices available from cute to classic. The Mardi Gras Teddy Bear pin shown would have to be included with cute.
UNIQUE WHOLESALE MARDI GRAS JEWELRY FOR FAVORS
Mardi Gras history and collectibles are part of the New Orleans culture. Some wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry reaches back in history providing a favor that is definitely unique.
Doubloon holders are that kind of Mardi Gras jewelry that makes unique favors. First of all, some people are going to wonder what is a doubloon. The short answer is a coin-like favor or throw. And yes, it’s an item that started in New Orleans. Find the full story on gonola.com. For those that want a quick answer, these throws or favors slightly larger than the old silver dollars began in 1960 when Alvin Sharpe came up with the idea for The Krewe of Rex.
First minted in aluminum, Rex has 1000 anodized in gold and used them as throws in their parade. Soon other Krewes were using them. The “heavies” followed shortly afterwards—doubloons minted in bronze or sterling tht Krewe members could buy.
For these a doubloon holder made a way to convert a valuable Mardi Gras memento into Mardi Gras jewelry. The USA produced some nice doubloon holders. These became Mardi Gras jewelry that was very appropriate as favors.
Today China makes most of the doubloon holders at promotional prices with lower quality than the originals made in the USA. The few American-made that we have left are under wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry as two different products. One is a blank that accepts the recipients own doubloon. These are good for Krewe members that want to use their own doubloon as jewelry.
The other comes with a doubloon included. The doubloons in these doubloon holders are mainly from the 1960s, the decade in which doubloons first appeared. Both are in low supply. They are no longer in production so grab this wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry while inventory is available.
So should retailers stock wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry early? Absolutely, both for royalty that is shopping early and also so those shopping later will see it your showcases when they are doing their Christmas shopping. After the holidays, they know where to go to find favors.
Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Monday, October 20th, 2014
Mardi Gras jewelry is a seasonal thing, right? Not if you are royalty in a Krewe and need favors. As Mardi Gras draws near, things get hectic and the items that make nice favors often sell out. The chance to be king, queen, or other members of the court is often once in a lifetime. Therefore, they don’t want to hand out just any favor; they want something special. And they have to shop early
MARDI GRAS JEWELRY USED FOR FAVORS
A popular favor every year is Mardi Gras jewelry. The mask pin shown has sparkly pave’ crystals covering the cateye mask. Flowing metal sculptured ribbon surrounds the mask using purple and green jewel tone epoxy to add the Mardi Gras colors. Masks are a favorite Mardi Gras jewelry theme used for favors, but other popular themes are crowns, jesters, and comedy tragedy. The crown pin shown really stands out with dimensionally raised shape, crystal highlights, and eye-catching jewel tone epoxy. Some like Mardi Gras jewelry that is unique. This jewelry is usually limited to one or two deigns in the theme. Some of the pins on our site that fit into this category are carousel horses, jack-in-the-box, and second liners like the one shown. What are second liners? These are people celebrating with a spontaneous dance usually carrying an umbrella. The name comes from people falling in behind a Mardi Gras parade and dancing as they follow.
MARDI GRAS RHINESTONE PINS FOR FAVORS
Mardi Gras rhinestone pins that spell out the title of members of the court are in demand every year. Almost exclusively, court members of the Krewes use this jewelry. The pins spell out titles in rhinestone letters like king, queen, maid, duke, duchess, captain, prince, and princess. These rhinestone title pins are extremely popular and as Fat Tuesday draws near, inventory is very scarce. For that reason, royalty generally shops for these pins early. If you have Krewe members shopping with you, it is a good idea to have these Mardi Gras rhinestone pins in your inventory now to get this business.
MARDI GRAS FACE MAGNETS FOR FAVORS
Other members of Krewes attending Balls also need favors. Mardi Gras face magnets are popular and very affordable. Actually they fill two needs for gift shops—souvenirs and favors. Krewe members use these favors to give others seated at their table and for call-out favors when asking a lady to dance. There are more than 20 designs to pick from, but the jester head magnet in Mardi Gras colors is most popular. In the heat of the summer, most gift shops are not thinking about Mardi Gras. This can be to your advantage when royalty is shopping for favors and you are the only option.
Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Friday, July 25th, 2014
The roots of Mardi Gras reach back to the Renaissance, but innovation in the celebration never ends. New arrivals in Mardi Gras jewelry support the fact.
With an early Mardi Gras this year, February 12, we are in the heat of the selling season for Carnival jewelry. First, it’s not easy to find a wide selection. Second, fresh designs are few and far between. Well, new arrivals in wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry can solve both of those problems for you.
NEW MARDI GRAS PINS
Mardi Gras pins have the greatest demand so let’s look at them first. Many new arrivals have a classy look that can work for upscale shops as well as souvenir shops. The pin shown has “It’s Party Time” written out in rhinestone letters with jesters in jewel tone purple, gold, and green dangling below. This cute jewelry also has the class upscale shops want.
Now for pins in fresh designs that have price points anyone can sell. Look at this face pin overplayed with a mask. The dimensionally raised face has a polished gold plated finish and the mask and star layering over it are matte gold, providing a rich contrast. Mardi Gras colored crystals complete the pin.
Want a lot of sparkle in jewelry that works for Mardi Gras and still sells the rest of the year? Look at this comedy and tragedy pin that uses two-tone plating. It starts with polished gold plating and then has silver plating in the area behind the pave’ crystals. This really enhances the brilliance of the sparkle. Use theses pins for accent jewelry year round as well as Mardi Gras jewelry or pins in a theatre theme.
MARDI GRAS JEWELRY
When businesses are searching for wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry, perhaps the hardest thing to find is necklaces. Now pendants added to chokers or chains are providing classy Mardi Gras jewelry with a tailored look suitable for the workplace.
This umbrella pendant on a snake chain stirs the Carnival spirit with thoughts of second lining on Mardi Gras Day. The umbrella is gold plated with alternating panels of purple and green jewel tone epoxy. Jewel tone epoxy has a semi transparent appearance much like candy apple red. The plating beneath the epoxy is slightly visible. A fringe of small crystals drop from the edge of the umbrella and your customer can create their own look by using different chokers or chains. The pendant also doubles as a pin.
Have you noticed how Mardi Gras is looking towards Carnival in Venice for new inspirations? Venetian masks are enjoying enormous popularity. The inspiration also spills over into wall hangings, dolls, and favors. Actually, this shouldn’t surprise us since the roots of Mardi Gras go back to Europe, especially to Venice during the Renaissance. Well, jewelry also is finding inspiration in the Carnival of Venice. Look at this pendant on a choker. The unblemished white face is the same look seen in images of Venetian Carnival. The jester collar is gold jewel tone epoxy and the hat purple and green. Like the pendant above, your customers can be creative by using different chokers and chains.
While not new, one unique item under the Mardi Gras jewelry category is the crown ring. Actually, no one makes this item anymore as far as I know. The crown rings are made in the USA and are 18KT HGE, which means heavy gold electroplating or 50 mils of gold plating. The ring has clear crystals along the base of the crown and a row of peaks with purple or green crystals embedded on each point. Once a very popular item in Mardi Gras jewelry, the sales dropped in recent years because they are hardly found anywhere and customers have forgotten about them. But if your customers buy them, they will own a piece of Mardi Gras history because the inventory dates back to the late eighties and was once a favorite item for Carnival royalty and ball favors.
MARDI GRAS EARRINGS
One exciting new arrival in earrings is a Mardi Gras coat-of-arms design with a crown above a shield. The gold plated earrings have a row of clear crystals running diagonally through the shield with purple jewel tone epoxy on top and green below. Clear crystals also decorate the base of the crown.
Many are unaware of all the pageantry that goes with Mardi Gras. The parades that everyone enjoys are put on by Krewes (private clubs) that usually also have a Mardi Gras ball. Theses are often very formal and have a court including a king, queen, dukes, maids, and pages. Many of the themes in Mardi Gras jewelry find inspiration in the royalty of these balls. That’s what makes these earrings special.
Nest comes Mardi Gras earrings that require no explanation—these dancing jester earrings. Plenty of detail, gold plating, and epoxied jester outfits in purple, gold, and green make a statement that everyone recognizes as Mardi Gras. This is Carnival jewelry so cute your customers can’t pass it up.
For customers that like made in the USA, here’s comedy and tragedy earrings that are new on the site, but actually reach back to the eighties. Over the years in business, we often purchased findings, had them plated, and had posts fused on. As more jewelry business went overseas, these small industries went out of business. So we consider our stock in these pieces tht were stamped and plated in the USA a small treasure. Going through them recently, we discovered a bin of comedy tragedy earrings dimensionally stamped from brass and plated with a high polish finish. We carded them and they are on the site—quality jewelry at bargain prices. This is earrings tht make a statement for Mardi Gras as well as for theater.
MARDI GRAS BRACELETS
For Mardi Gras jewelry that is inexpensive and fun, these new toggle bracelets have to rank high. A charm in the theme of Mardi Gras hangs from one end and dangles below the toggle connection. The bracelets stretch for easy fit. Silver plated spacers separate acrylic faceted beads in purple, green, and gold. These acrylic beads are semi-transparent and have the look of glass beading. Have you noticed how the quality of acrylic beads has improved over the last few years? Today you can’t distinguish better quality beads from glass without scratching them. But probably the feature that will make this wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry a fast mover for your business is the low wholesale price.
Take advantage of Mardi Gras to jump start your year. When many businesses suffer the woes of post Christmas letdown, the fun of this season gets things rolling again.