Posted by byHillTribe on June 1, 2012

Top selling hill tribe silver beads


Over the last year, some customers have asked us for input on the best selling hill tribe silver designs from our catalog. We’ve done well at answering these requests but after many response to the same question, we sense a more useful method would be to blog about it. This way, we can direct everyone to the answer and have image ready for you to review as well. We hope you find this list useful but please, please keep this in perspective as your location is a big factor in what will be a good seller or a dud. Below is are thumbnail images of the many items that have been the best selling designs from our catalog. We assess this list by calculating how many Kilograms we have sold of each product from January 2011 through March of 2012. All items on this list has been the hill tribe silver items that we consider our honey pot which we’ve managed to sell 500 grams or more during this period.

Considering to quantity we want to put on this list, we will have to break it down in categories. Below is our Hill Tribe Silver Beads. Click on the image will reveal the item number. Please visit to review product description and price.

Posted by byHillTribe on May 31, 2012

Pricing Structures : Hill Tribe Silver


Pricing Structures : Hill Tribe Silver, by one creative Thai Karen village.

We want to supply our hill tribe silver products at the lowest price possible while maintaining quality and profitability. Our artisans work very hard to provide us with all of these creative Karen silver designs. Some items are supplied to us from our affiliate showrooms and some are our very own byHillTribe designs supplied to us directly from Phrabhat Huaythom Karen Village through the Karen silversmiths that work directly with us. We take this into account when pricing our products. All designs we commission our Karen silversmiths to do for us, we pay a labor cost of minimum 2000 Baht per Kilogram (approximately $70 USD) for their diligent work. Believe us– that’s a lot more than even the registered “Fair Trade” companies pay!

We often get emails from our regular customers about our competitors offering bigger discounts and free shipping. Yes, we agree the big discounts does sound very good! But please realize that anyone can offer a 60% discount if their market is already 300%. Of all the hill tribe silver suppliers online today, we feel that we are the most transparent about our pricing structure. Here below you will see exactly how much our silver price is calculate at Retail and Discounted Price. More importantly, on every product page you will also see what each silver bead or charm weigh. We don’t leave out any information so that you may do your own calculations and compare with other sites. If you don’t know the weight of the product, you’re loosing out on a better deal! Please ask if you think we can offer you a better price for our products. It is our mission to serve both our customers and our hill tribe silversmiths with honesty and loyalty.

handmade silver earring spiraling sun rays

It truly isn’t fair to our hill tribe silversmiths to markup Retail price so high and boast big discounts. Customers will eventually think hill tribe silver is too expensive– it shouldn’t be that way! Everyone in the jewelry business should know what market value of silver, gold, platinum or even copper costs. When making a purchase, especially as a business, you should always consider these factors. For silver, we will tell these are the factors in pricing our hill tribe silver products.

    1. Stock market price
    2. Tax on silver granules as imported into Thailand.
    3. Cost of silver granules plus VAT on purchasing silver granules to be manufactured.
    4. Labor cost and manufacturing cost.
    5. Finished product markup of 40% up to 60% for Retail.

With such a low markup, we can’t offer free shipping and we can’t offer big discounts like many other site. Our initial cost is so much lower than theirs already. What we can do better is work more closely with you, our valued customers. If you need a better price, all you have to do is ask! If we can do it– we will.

God bless and please stay in touch!

Posted by byHillTribe on May 21, 2012



Copper Beads by

Oh how wonderful it is when things are going right in the manufacturing part of our business. Our Karen hill tribe artisans couldn’t have been “more on the ball” these recent months. We’re still adjusting with soldering copper pieces as our artisans have been used to working with only silver for so long. Recent months, we bee testing new ground with other metals like copper and bronze but results are just not as pleasing as have a beautiful batch of silver beads delivered. None the less, we are very pleased with how hard they’ve have been working to get this completed with so much care and diligence. The last year has taken a toll on everyone and morale has been on a lubricated slide of as late. But since the Thai New Year, we have rededicated ourselves to do better and serve our customer with more attention. Motivating our artisans to come back and “JUST DO IT” was not an easy thing but we’ve notice big changes in attitudes and results in our products within the last 2 months. Thank you Jesus!

Today we receive a big delivery of GOODIES; copper beads, copper charms and hammered copper toggles and findings along with several kilograms of silver toggles and findings for our beloved customer in Canada. We won’t take pictures of those as they belong to her– meaning the silver designs are her own custom designs so we will leave those out of this blog but we are so happy and feel our Karen silversmiths are back! These are the group of folks we fell in love with before whom have been on the roller coaster with us since the first day. Yes, it seem we all fell in a dark pit of what felt like the pit of no return but now we taken on a new vow and told ourselves that no matter what the market says– we are going to chug along and give our customers the best product and with the quickest turnaround possible. Like we have done in the past when business was as smooth as a swan in a pond.

The result is great. Now we know who’s really watching over us and carefully motivating and guiding these the hard times.

Custom copper jewelry is created by our affiliate The Asia Charisma Team. Please feel free to visit and learn more about our hill tribe artisans and our work by clicking on the title link above.

Posted by byHillTribe on May 18, 2012

pricing structure changes for hill tribe silver


Pricing Structures : Hill Tribe Silver, by one creative Thai Karen village.

We are pleased a new pricing structuring system has been introduced at as this was truly needed. Our customer need more distinguishable pricing system. With so much volatility in our silver manufacturing business, we want to offer our sincerest service to our customers. We are have been over concerned about how we can survive to turbulence in such economic problem and have nearly forgotten the fundamentals of why we even exist as a business. It’s the customer. It always has been the customers that have the foundation of what our business is about. The jewelry designers, the retail businesses and the wholesalers. With price being going up and then down and then up– who knows what is next. But the point of the matter is, our customers have been through this roller coaster ride with us from the very beginning. We must take care of them as without their survival, where will we be in a few months time.
It is our privilege to work with some of the best jewelry designers in the business of jewelry designing. What we need to know now is how best to serve you. You need different styles? Do you need different designs or more of the same in lighter weight? What is selling for you as a retailer? Can we work together to develop something to meet your local demand for certain products? If so, how? Please let us know. We are open to your ideas and want to hear your thoughts.

Where is silver price headed? When should we invest and buy silver? We don’t know as it seems beyond us. We’ve tried but don’t think it’s worth our effort and energy to try to predict the market when it compromises our relationship with the people who feed us– you the customer. If you know the answers, we want in! LOL

We love our customers and want to do what ever possible to take care of their needs. This is a major milestone for our little company. If you have any thoughts or comments, please let us know. And please do come and visit us at

Comments are always welcomed! Have a good day. God bless.

Posted by byHillTribe on May 14, 2012

Casting silver daisy flower pendant logo, Part 2


We’re making headway with this logo and want to make sure we keep this blog updated for everyone interested. Our customer decided to change how her initials look on the daisy flower pendant. Here’s what we’ve revised the design to be.

Three letters on 3 different petals. We have yet to agree on the font and size of the flower so this will be the next step. Slow progress but this is crucial as making a master can be costly if the design is not right from the start. We leave it to our customers to decide on how the item should look and feel since we are quite confident the outcome will be good!

We’re looking forward to hearing back from her soon.