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#1

Hi all!

I was wondering how to get into the “Commercial” jewlery trade.
I have about 1.5 years experiance in silver and stone cutting
(not faceting). I also own my own business that deals with just
custom silver work. Yet I can not seem to get more then a
freindly “We’re sorry” from the jewlery companies in my area.
Please help.

Donald
Delta Creations (@delta)


#2

I was wondering how to get into the “Commercial” jewlery trade.
I have about 1.5 years experiance in silver and stone cutting
(not faceting). I also own my own business that deals with just
custom silver work. Yet I can not seem to get more then a
freindly “We’re sorry” from the jewlery companies in my area.
Please help.

Dear Donald:

First off, you may have to consider moving to a place where
there is a lot of work… Also you should scan the employment
pages of your local paper and/or the paper of the city you would
like to move to. Also, you should pick up Women’s Wear Daily…I
have seen lots of adds for work in their employment pages…You
really need to get a handle on what can of work is out there AND
you need to determine if you are qualified for the job you are
interested in…

DeDe

DeDe Sullivan
Producer
Manhattan Transfer Graphics
Tel: 212-907-1204
FAX: 212-370-9346
E Mail: @dede


#3
I was wondering how to get into the "Commercial" jewlery trade.
I have about 1.5 years experiance in silver and stone cutting
(not faceting). I also own my own business that deals with just
custom silver work.  Yet I can not seem to get more then a
freindly "We're sorry" from the jewlery companies in my area.
Please help.

Donald, I have twice hired people with very little experience
solely because they were so highly motivated. It has paid off
both times. When I was 18 I got a job and then an appreticship
with a great european trained goldsmith by offering to work for
free. I also hired a guy who had been installing carpet for 10
years because he had taken the GIA repair courses, not that I
think those are great, but if he was willing to spend the time
and money to learn on his own I figured he would work just as
hard for me. And he still is 6 years later. Don’t give up. Mark P.


#4
I was wondering how to get into the "Commercial" jewlery
trade.

Donald, I agree with Mark here. I’ve worked in the industry for
ten years, from buffboy to business owner, and currently have 9
employees. Motivation counts for a lot; a willingness to work,
learn, and grow will carry you further than anything. None of my
employees has formal jewelry training, and they are all doing
very well. Just keep at it. Metalsmth