My original post was
I am quite amazed at the mean and nasty comments that I received off
line from several people on this forum, Leonid Surpin in particular.
I was simply going to let them wash over but eventually, you just
have to clarify some things.
I cut the stone, fabricated the pendant and set the diamonds to
international standards, so I am comfortable and confident in my
What seems to escape a few people is the error of parallax.
Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallax
The pictures were taken with my Cannon S95 point and shoot on my
work bench by hand as I went along.
They are not industrial strength precision pictures.
The bail is loose, as in it can move freely and in one picture lies
to the left and in the other to the right.
The pendant was made to one tenth of a millimeter in parallel.
The corners are all absolutely equal.
Believe me, when I deliver the pendant (or any other work) is gets
examined and measured and inspected by the shop owner, his manager
and the resident goldsmith for a half an hour in front of me before
it is signed off and I can present my invoice.
The value of the piece is about $20,000, and there is no way they
would accept sloppy work under any circumstances..
Leonid's attack on my work goes against every principle of the
Truly people, comparing my work to skewered cow excrement on a stick
on a public forum, blog or otherwise, is neither helpful nor fair.
Rather, it would be more polite and correct to show work that has
been done by yourselves of comparable or better quality.
To the others who suggested that it would be better to use CAD/CAM
since I was obviously inaccurate, this is not the case at all.
I would not be able to make a living doing work for high end
jewellers if I was producing rubbish, particularly in Germany.