One major challenge for me as an emerging designer is that I
really want to work in gold, but it's just too expensive
This issue is something that everybody had to struggle in the
beginning. Unfortunately, there are no substitute for gold. However,
the expense of working with gold is not due to cost of the material,
but because of incorrect choice or use of techniques.
It is never been the case, except last 30 years or so, that gold has
been used indiscriminately. Throughout the history of goldsmithing,
techniques were developed with utilize every little bit of metal.
Proper choice and application of traditional techniques resulting in
jewellery which is stronger, lighter, and much less expensive to make
as far as cost of material.
So, instead of substituting gold for some other metal, let me
suggest that you consider using traditional approach to your
jewellery. If your exposure to the traditional techniques has been
minimal up to this point, you can start with my website.
To elaborate - I created couple of instructional DVDs (more is
coming). One “Eternity Ring”, demonstrates traditional approach to
it’s construction. You can see short preview either on my website, or
Ganoksin benchtube. If you decide to purchase it, you would learn how
to create seemingly elaborate structure, using nothing more than a
few pieces of rectangular wire. Even at today’s gold prices, the cost
of material for the project is not going to break anybody’s budget.
In conclusion I would like to point out that cost of material alway
was, is, and will be the corner stone of business competitiveness. If
we look at some jewellery establishments, who have been in business
several generations; what separates them from others, who are no
longer around, is their expertise in choosing and applying proper