a thorough check of my business records found that over the last
year custom work for me has fallen off by about 85%. The dollar
amount of the average job rose (a reflection of the rise in metal
prices maybe), but the overall amount of work hasn’t kept up. An
informal survey of my client list, all retail jewelers who I’ve been
working with for 7+ years, seems to point to a continuation of the
trend. Thankfully I’ve found other types of work, mostly stone
As an independent master jeweler I find that my most profitable
skills and my rather substantial investment in tools and equipment
aren’t being used. It’s made me wonder if this is a widespread
phenomena, a local one or simply a reflection of the clients I have?
Maybe it’s time to find new ones. Any thoughts?