Bud, If I may, there is far more depth to value. I feel good
about leaving “Fine Quality Jewelry” to my heirs. 9 or 10K I
would never even think of owning no less leave them as an
inheritance. I personally knew better long before I began to make
Wedding jewelry was traditionally set in Platinum years ago, it
is beautiful and elegant, there was pride in ownership.
Lowering standards in anything is a sad way to go. I cannot
imagine someone commissioning you for custom work in 9 or 10K.
Perhaps that is my prejudice.
My mother had a lot to do with creating quality standards for
me. We were very poor and my mother bought at the Canal St. New
York City wholesale jewelry stores, for resale to my father’s
To keep me busy, one of the jewelers brought out his tray of
bulk sterling silver used jewelry. I happily went through that
and every now and then was allowed to buy a piece. Still have
Later on the style was a strand of Pearls worn on a cardigan
buttoned down the back over a box pleated skirt. I was not
allowed to buy fake pearls. For my 16th birthday, I received my
first strand of Cultured Pearls, yes still have them. Rarely
bought costume jewelry. All I own is Fine and Real, and have