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#1

Hi all,

I am a new designer and I have a design that I would like to have
created. It is of a pendant. I have the specs and need a manufacturer
to produce it. How do I go about finding a company that can do such a
thing? I will not be producing on a very large scale and am hoping to
do services with a domestic company.

Thanks in advance for your responses!

Jade


#2

more info is needed.like precious metal ? stones
included?,quantity-some manufacturers.have minimums- where you
are,packaging?,etc…I know of 40 manufacturing firms,and a larger
number of production jewelers…so you could get an industry buyers
guide-although generally only paid firms are listed, check out the
MJSA website for links, or give a bit more info…particularly metal
wanted and quantity…


#3

Reading between the lines I might assume you don’t have facilities
or experience to make this design. I would suggest you develop a
relationship with a local trade shop, the kind that does repairs etc
for your local jeweler. In this way you will have immediate feedback
regarding the feasibility and costs of your ideas.

Honestly, most manufacturing concerns probably will not want to deal
with the occasional one-off from someone they don’t know. They are
geared to quantity production and repeat customers. This doesn’t mean
you cannot find a maker to suit your needs, though, but it will take
some looking and (maybe?) some false starts. False starts drain your
bank account.

Either way you’ll need to appear as a professional. Get a tax number
etc etc. if you haven’t already. Without all the official hoopla they
may think you are a retail customer and charge you accordingly.

One resource for manufacturer leads would be the JCK industry guide.
If you can’t get a copy email me and I’ll photocopy appropriate pages
for you if you give me some parameters of the work you want done.

best of luck


#4
Either way you'll need to appear as a professional. Get a tax
number etc etc. if you haven't already. Without all the official
hoopla they may think you are a retail customer and charge you
accordingly. 

I wouldn’t suggest that. If it’s going to be a “false” start, what’s
the sense in getting the tax man involved? That official hoopla costs
a lot of time, money, and energy. Not to mention real estate in the
brain and sleepless nights… Definately not worth it. As a matter of
fact, if I ever had to do it again, I don’t think I’d set up a C corp
either. I think I’d just do a sole proprietorship. I’ve been named
personaly in a lawsuit before and my lawyer said not to try to hide
behind the corporation…so why did bother? The suit would cost way
less to just settle than all of the accounting fees I’ve paid over
the last 10 years. (Not that it would be right, I’m just sayin’…)

Stanley