As a stone cutter, I find this discussion quite interesting.
Let me be so bold as to suggest that it seems what folks are
talking about here is not really making something, but assembling
finished products from other people's manufactured work.
The manufactured products that I'm assembling are machine made.
I'm not sure what point you're trying to make as far as "assembling
finished products from other people's manufactured work". I have a
stated request from customers for simple stud earrings and a need to
get some work onto the shelf at my artist's co-op fast, so I went
the bezel setting (complete with ear stud) and cab route to get
I'm also going to suggest that, while, as has been stated in this
thread, there is a problem with stone cutters and metal workers not
understanding each other's work.
I don't see where this comes into this situation at all. I've
bought cabs that are stated to be a certain size. They are NOT that
size, and do not fit into the settings sold by the same retailer. The
problem is with calibration. The stones being sold are not within a
reasonable tolerance of the stated size. If they were, half or more
of them would NOT be failing to fit into their corresponding
But a far larger problem is that the people who are buying these
products are looking for the lowest price they can get as a primary
criterion. I suspect that customers for these products could easily
get exactly what they wanted were they willing to pay the price for
Undoubtedly. However, I assumed that by buying from a large,
well-known, and I presumed RELIABLE seller, I would be able to be
pretty sure that the stones they sell me allegedly calibrated to 6 mm
would be within a reasonable tolerance of 6 mm. I don't CARE how much
they lose polishing, grinding, or whatever. I want a 6 mm round cab
that fits into the 6 mm pre-made earring stud setting that is being
sold to me by the same supplier.
If they can't do that, I won't buy from them anymore. I would like to
find out from others who they have bought from in the past that they
were able to get stones that were actually the size they ordered, eg
were calibrated correctly. Just trying to cut down on my learning
curve, since apparently dealing with a large, well known, long
established supplier isn't sufficient.