If you wish to be a prima donna then $35.00 per rendering is not my
opinion of such. It is not about your name on a design, it is about
your sharing your curves, lines, feelings on a rendering that is
what is about you. And only can come from you.
If they go to another manufacturer to have the work done, that means
they like your work, regardless of how it turns out, you know as
well as I do that they do not, I repeat do not, put the name on the
work of the designer, good or bad, if they decide to produce. So, as
you say, you are saved of the embarrassment.
So, what’s to lose, they produce your design, your gift to render it
out is a gift, and not everyone has it and there fore. what is wrong
with asking for $200 - 400 per rendering, if it is quick sketch. It
took you some time to hone your skill. And this gift you possess is
yours, and not accessible to all.
You guys and gals have got to protect your gift. That means that if
someone is asking you to produce a design concept, they must have
some respect for your work, if one has respect for your work and is
charged $35.00 per design, guess what, your own value of your work
reduces to Zip.
Stay with me on this, jewelers, designers, & repair people are not
paid enough, period when on a payroll. Even the top guys who have
been in the industry, as employees of companies do great to do 60K
plus, unless they are on piece work. This does not count for the
greats, ie Michael Good and the like, how do you think he got there?
60K to another employee in another field in today market is median,
Stay true to yourself. This is not labor, it is a skill and a gift
and treasure this in you.
Why do people pay XYZ 5 digit prices for some jewelry pieces?
I love this subject, an advocate for the jeweler in quality pay.
And, I am not a jeweler, but a cheerleader for jewelers thoughout
I do not go out on Orchid much, busy training our students to have a
sense of respect for their trade, their skill and the humility to
know they need to be the best. And it takes time.