I have just read through this entire thread. Had spent the last
eight days at an Earth Sciences Work shop, and returned to 475
Derek, The situation you speak of brings me back to a position I
took online quite some time ago. I see references by Daniel speaking
of the "right" market, price point wise.
I see you asking for consensus about the value of stones vs metals.
What I see here is a great failure within this industry in utilizing
name recognition to gain the "price point" market level appropriate
to the piece of jewelry.
What value is name recognition, well think about Yves St. Laurent
for Christian Dior. Now a days it is Sean "Diddy" what ever's.
True name recognition would be Design by Tiffany, Ruby cut by Doug
Turet, to use as an example. I believe this industry has long
overlooked what name recognition would do for it. The persons with
the ability to pay for high quality jewelry would love to "drop" the
name of their favorite cutter and designer.
Fashion magazines are finally naming the models wearing the clothes
or jewelry depicted. Why is the jewelry industry so slow in
recognizing the value?
Last time this came around, we were discussing Certificates for the
customer naming the artisan who cut the stone. That is how it should
be for starters.
Where a jewelry store uses a specific cutter, they owe him name
recognition. Some give it, others want the glory all to themselves.
This also goes for the fabricator/designer.
This industry needs a Lobbyist to push for equality in publications.
The lapidariast, faceter, fabricater should no longer be anonymous.
Yes I know, "this is not the way we do things," I have heard this
each and every time a new suggestion is made whether it has merit or
not. I do believe each and everyone of you who cut or fabricate need
to insist on name credit. Once the name is seen often enough in
publications, the demand will follow. There will no longer be
attempts to force a lower price. Names sell just about everything
you can think of from Cars to Shoes, why not cut or faceted stones.
I am perhaps not explaining myself well, but there would be no need
for this discussion of Derek and all like him demand their fair
share of recognition.
If you really do not think it matters much, take a look at resales
of costume jewelry and see what Miriam Haskell's name does to the
Indian jewelry also reflects the name of the silversmith. Fine
jewelry falls too far behind. Teresa