Some comments on your message:
You will find that the artisans in Brazil work for very little
money (a subsistance)
Subsistence depends on each person=B4s idea of wealth and life
standards. Metal artists tend to have really good payment for their
work, mostly if they=B4re independent artist who get to know the right
people and have a good sense of what is fashionable for those people.
Cheesy designs really don=B4t have a good market here (i am talking
about Sao Paulo, the financial capital), because there is enough
cheap "gold jewelry" factories to fullfill those needs. Trendy,
unique designs with innovative shapes and materials really hit it
off, and a good contact with the fashion (clothing) industry is a
must, since it is growing really fast these days.
What must be observed is that we all (all over the world) are
experiencing a worldwide crisis, financial and war-like, and a lot of
care must be taken when deciding new paths in life in such a delicate
As for the inflation problem, much has been done in the past decade,
and i believe your is more than 10 years old. Our
currency, Real, is today worth 3,5 dollars, and started off as a 1 to
1 to the dollar in 1994. I believe that shows quite well our control
of inflation and the financial stability that we have lived in for
the past decade.
After January 1st, though, we will be having a new president, who is
well intended but has a life history of communism and id friends with
people like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. That is, nobody knows for
sure what is going to happen next, but people are very confident.
Even the International Monetary Fund, the European Community and your
american international trade communities are supporting and confident
about this new president. So, i believe optimism is the right word
for the situation.
I am sorry to post such a long comment, but i believe i needed to
correct those you gave.