I have a question about how much to charge for bead setting.
Currently, I work for a high end jewelry company in San Diego, CA.
They have trained me to be very good at bead setting. They work with
CAD/CAM so all of the pieces have indications of beads and holes so
my job is to bright cut, drill further and set. Under a microscope, I
bead set rings in gold or platinum with 75-120 stones with each
stone being 1.0-1.8mm.
Because I have no previous knowledge on what I should be getting per
stone, when they told me that $2.00/stone is the most I will get for
these stone sizes, I just said ok. My boss said many people will do
it for $1 so I should feel fortunate.
I just recently found an old business card from David Barzilay (may
he R.I.P.) where I had written on the back $3-25 per stone, which was
before I had even thought about doing stone setting.
And then reading some of the archives, it says $18 (pre-drilled) $32
(no drilling). Are these for much larger stones? Or maybe it is for
bead setting from an uncut, clean piece of metal? Otherwise, how
could someone pay me to set 100 stones at $18 each?
I would appreciate any help on how much I should be getting paid.