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From Our HQ: Price Changes

From Our HQ: Price Changes

Posted by Alyssa Julian on

We have an announcement to make, and it’s one you may want to sit down for. Come November 15th, your favorite pieces will experience a shift in pricing. These changes will be reflected across the board; some lower, some higher as we work towards a consistent 60% margin. There were a few things to take into consideration when discussing the change: raw material prices and domestic production, plus company scalability and sustainability. We made a promise to ourselves (and to you) that we would never sacrifice quality, and sometimes that comes at a cost.

"We’re working towards a slim 60% margin across all pieces; keeping your favorites affordable enough to indulge in, but allowing us room to grow as necessary."

Truth is, gold is publicly traded; the fluctuating cost of our raw materials is no secret. In fact, you can watch real time pricing updates here to see how its value changes day by day. Gold is both a commodity and a currency, and we especially love that the pricing information is so easily accessible, further pushing us to be as transparent as possible (like we have another option). While prices do fluctuate, they’ve climbed a steady 18% in the last year with predictions to continue to do so over the years to come.

Gold Prices

 

We are also set on keeping our production domestic, despite the many attempts by business and financial advisors to persuade us to reconsider. For us it’s important to maintain livable wages and better working conditions for our jewelry makers while at the same time supporting the DTLA community that we’re proud to be a part of. It’s a method of business we keep close to our hearts, but as many companies move production overseas, domestic manufacturers struggle to keep their heads above water. The renaissance of what had been a gritty DTLA (read: increased rent and the desire for new storefronts), coupled with increased overseas production, has had a detrimental effect on jewelers in the area, causing many to go under.  

In short, our increased demand (not a complaint) requires that our manufacturers purchase more raw materials upfront, pay higher overhead in rent and work longer hours to maintain supply levels. From there, it’s a simple equation:

rise in gold prices + increased overhead + overtime labor = higher production costs

 

Being lean is part of our DNA, so you can rest assured knowing that your hard earned money won't be spent on ping pong tables. We produce our jewelry in the USA, most locally in LA, so we can walk down the street to pick up inventory (seriously, they’re two blocks away). We shoot all of our photography in-house using our V&O team members as “models,” and most importantly we embrace a “Get Sh*t Done” attitude throughout our nimble team of nine. While we’re proud of the fact that we’ve been able to maintain a small team and tackle as much as we do, we're excited to be growing quickly and with that comes hiring, more labor, larger expenses, longer hours, etc.

Transparent Margins: Baguette RIng

Vrai & Oro: Transparent Pricing

We’re determined to keep our prices as fair as possible, prioritizing lean margins (and transparency) over anything. As they stand now, our margins are inconsistent and unsustainable, so prices will shift accordingly, depending on the piece and all that factors into it. To keep with the theme, we’re working towards a slim 60% margin across all pieces; keeping your favorites affordable enough to indulge in, but allowing us room to grow as necessary.

We never intend to spring things on anyone, so the increased prices will take effect on November 15th, giving you plenty of time to shop your favorites at their current price. The advanced warning is the least we could do.

 

Thank you as always for your continued support. 

- The V&O Team

 

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14 comments


  • This is awesome and makes me want to buy your product. Thank you for being so transparent and educating your consumers. A lot of people will tell you how they think you should be running your business, but I find your unique approach refreshing. From my perspective, the more transparency the better! Any more depth you end up sharing on supply chain and sustainability will be interesting to me. Sending good vibes your way, and looking forward to buying some of your beauty rings!

    Danielle on

  • I, too, would like a full list of the change in prices to see whether the items I have on my Christmas list are increasing or decreasing in price. Please let us know!

    Karen on

  • I think the input is helpful! I’ve purchased several pieces shotgun the last six months and I’m happy with every.single.piece. I wear each of them everyday. Great quality!! I’ll probably add another piece to my collection prior to 11/15!! You have my continued support!

    LIsa ACeves on

  • Hi Marie!

    Thank you for your input! One of our core values is transparency, so we like to keep the customer aware of most, if not all, of our internal processes rather than spring changes on them. We are a small team who feel that our customer base is intelligent and informed, and understands that sometimes errors are made in periods of growth. If you’d like, I am happy to continue this conversation! We love feedback of all kinds. You can reach me by email: alyssa@vraiandoro.com.

    Hope you have a great rest of your day! – A

    Alyssa on

  • Are you offering stock options? If not, this isn’t information that the customer needs to know and it doesn’t instill confidence in your brand. Your products are already inconsistent in quality and are sometimes overpriced for the perceived value. There’s also been customer service and shipping problems including delays and wrong orders being sent. You guys need to work out your company strategy (privately, not publicly) or else you’ll be going out of business.

    Marie on


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