Hi everyone, I really need your advice.
I have been dealing with a bead-maker in India for the past few
years. I was introduced to him through a contact in the biz and
assure that he was an honest hard working man with a family
business. Although there have been delays with deliveries the
quality has always been good.
I decided to buy semi-precious beads directly from the maker because
I could not find beads here in the United states with holes big
enough to accommodate the headpins I was using. The shape of the
beads available here where not uniform either so, when I found that
he was able to resolve both of these problems I started working with
I make fine jewelry and use a lot of beads. Here is my worry:
He is charging me per bead and not per string, (which is usually the
case). I understand that there is a lot of labor involved in
producing beads but, his price is high.
He is charging me between 75c and 1.75 per bead/ for faceted beads
varying between 3mm and 4mm. The cut is nice and the hole is always
the right size. For smooth round beads he is charging 90c per bead
for Garnet and Amethyst. I have seen strings of smooth garnet beads
in NY for less than $15 but. of course they are not all the same
size or shape and may have the odd chip here and there. The smooth
rounds he makes are perfect.
I am happy to pay for the good work that he produces but, am I
paying too much? My orders have huge delays sometimes too…
Thanks for any advice you can offer in advance.