I know this post will get TONS of "Can't do".
In every city there is money. There is also wants and desires.
I know Atlanta is a busy metropolis and doesn't have the downturn in
jobs as Michigan and other areas.
I sold my store to an employee in 2000 and have been helping
jewelers. I got my great boos as a "Caster for Retail Customers" so
to speak. We had for 10 years 2000 waxes on display and would cast
ANY RING for $175 (now $195 in new book) using the customer's gold.
That's right, the customers gold.
Took us years to get it right but we had few problems. I figured our
cost was $35 to cast a typical wax.
Then of course we charged for heads & set, channel & bead setting.
AVERAGE casting charge with setting (no material to speak of) was
Of course if they didn't like the waxes, we hand carved one, started
at that time at $400 (Both the $175 & $400 includes cast, polish,
A great wax company is LEX WAX: (913) 268-6359 firstname.lastname@example.org
They have over 4000 styles
There is also Paradise Wax
Where as you have a problem getting $1000 to custom make a ring, a
customer CAN get a new ring for $175. But that typically is something
without stones. Most customers have stones. Head & set starts at $40
You would be the only one in town doing it.
"We can make you a new ring worth THOUSANDS for only hundreds"
510 Sutters Point
Sandy Springs, GA. 30328