Its mentioned here now and again about using good technique so that
the next jeweler to work on your piece doesn’t have a conniption.
Well true for sure. But maybe its better to be using good technique
for its own sake.
Example, I’m thinking I might secure an omega clip by lasering the
axle ends instead of balling it up. Looks better, won’t catch hair,
and if it ever needs service I’ll just weld a new clip in place. But
I’m wondering if the piece ever gets in the hands of another jeweler,
for whatever reason he needs to replace the clip, he’s got a problem
if he doesn’t have a laser (since this piece has stones that are not
removable and not heat-sinkable)). I’m thinking I should do what’s
best for me and my client (as I see her best interest).
On the other hand I’d hate to see this piece butchered by someone
who ‘thought’ he could fix it. But is that my responsibility? Do I do
the best I can, or plan for someone else’s shortcomings?