Country Of Origin
Temple St. Clair was founded in Florence, Italy and has worked with Florentine master goldsmiths, setters, chiselers, and engravers since the 1980’s. As Temple St. Clair has expanded, we continue to seek out some of the greatest artisanal hands worldwide. We have extended our reach to other jewelry centers in Italy; to Italian goldsmiths who have set up workshops in Thailand; and to individual craftsmen in Sri Lanka (ancient Ceylon). Each of these countries has a rich tradition of fine gold work. We have also brought some work home to the United States; many of our chains are made domestically.
Temple St. Clair is now headquartered in New York City. Being a U.S. based company, we follow U.S. importation and product disclosure regulations for all our jewelry. According to U.S. customs and importation guidelines, Country of Origin of a finished piece of jewelry is defined by the country “where a piece undergoes substantial transformation”, meaning where a piece becomes a ring, earring, pendant etc. An individual pendant may include an 18K gold angel coin made in Florence but if that coin is made into a ring or pendant in Sri Lanka, the country of origin is Sri Lanka. The same applies to a jewel with a gemstone: for example, we send a beautiful green tourmaline from Namibia to Florence to make a ring; the resulting country of origin of the ring will be Italy where it is made, not where the gem is from.
Our goldsmith partners in Italy, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United States are like family to us. We have known and worked with them for decades. We visit the workshops regularly to review our expectations and to communicate our vision. Each one of our goldsmiths knows, respects and is proud to fulfill our uncompromising demand for quality. Together we strive to maintain the millennia-old, cross-cultural traditions of fine jewelry while seeking to define leadership in responsible practices for the future. We have supported many of our manufacturers in successfully completing Responsible Jewellery Council certification.
To validate COO for finished jewelry, TSC has a system in place that includes the following measures: (a) Imported product is processed by Overton & Co., America’s oldest operating Customs brokerage, (b) a COO tag is firmly attached to imported TSC merchandise when shipped, and (c) TSC’s senior management team regularly conducts site visits to its manufacturers to observe the work in progress.