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Designer shops in NY


#1

I am going to New York in August and wondered if anyone could
recommend any really good contemporary designer
jewellery/silverware/judaica/craft shops. Thanks in advance.

laura cowan
judaica designer and silversmith
website: www.lauracowan.com


#2

check out my shop!

Five One Seven
517 East 12th Street
between ave A & B
NYC NY 10009
212-475-7943

DeDe Sullivan
dedemetal jewelry


#3

There is a new jewelry and watch store in Soho, NYC that carries
about 20 contemporary designers from Europe, mainly Germany and
Switzerland:

D'Fly
47 Green Street (bet. Grand and Broom)
New York 

Even the interior alone would be worth the visit - very futuristic!


#4

Several years ago I was in NYC. China town and the diamond district.
tried to find a few waxes . “”" No one seemed to understand what a
wax was!!!""". Don’t believe there are ‘designs’ for sale in NYC. at
least not a few years ago. If anyone knows of the availability of
waxes that are less than 15 years old… love to have the phone
number or address. Jim


#5
   Several years ago I was in NYC. China town and the diamond =
district. tried to find a few waxes . """ No one seemed to
understand what a wax was!!!!!""". Don't believe there are
'designs' for sale in NYC. at least not a few years ago. If anyone
knows of the availability of waxes that are less than 15 years
old... love to have the phone number or address. 

Actually, find good designer waxes anywhere is not easy. The answer
is simple. Designers wish to sell finished jewelery, not cheap waxes
to someone who’ll then present the design work as their own. About
the only waxes ANYONE sells are all the old tired standard things, or
blatant copyright violating ripoffs, though few sell the latter. If
a designer has the creativity to do good, original, creative work,
why in the heck would they then wish to lower themselves to sell the
waxes? Truth is, they don’t. If you want good designs in wax,
carve them yourself. Don’t expect someone else to sell you the heart
and soul of their creative work at the cheapest possible level, the
wax, especially since they then have no control over how well their
work will be exicuted, and selling a wax for a couple bucks is giving
virtually ALL the benfits of the work away to someone else. This
just doesn’t happen. Any designer worth his skill will go to
considerable effort to keep his work confidential. This can go so
far as to contracting only with casting firms and others, who will
agree to non-disclosure agreements, for example. There are wax
carvers who do contact work for jewelers, doing the wax carving for
the jewelers special orders. If you have designs you wish to make,
but don’t have the skills to carve the wax, there are people who’ll
happily carve the waxes for you. And, if you get their agreement
before hand, most will give you the rights to the design model, so
you can then make molds of the piece and produce your own in
quantity. But keep in mind that even this is not guaranteed. I know
one wax carver who, if any portion of the design was left up to him,
retains the production rights to the design, allowing the jeweler to
make only the one custom piece from his hand carved wax. If he
wishes to mold the thing, there’s an extra, and sometimes
substantial, charge, depending on how much creative work the carver
feels he contributed. Needless to say, not all his clients agree to
this policy, but there it is…

Peter Rowe


#6

There is an ad in the classified of National Jeweler for wax
patterns. The company is Paradise Wax Patterns located in Toms
River, NJ The phone number is (732) 244 4950. I see their
advertisements often.

Metalliferous sometimes sells things like this. Their phone number
is (212) 944 0909 in NYC.

It is also possible that by calling casting houses, they might be
aware of a company that wants to sell their waxes.

Vendors at trade shows might sell waxes. I vaguely remember seeing
that at a trade show, possibly the MJSA show in New York City. 20

Diane Sadel
http://www.sweetgemstones.com


#7

Hey Jim:

I know of places that are selling rubber molds from companies that
went out of business and there are places you can order designs
straight out of a catalog all over NYC- I never heard of buying an
actual wax model (since they are so delicate why keep them around-
make a mold …) I know Metaliferous on 46th Street had a ton of
molds they were trying to unload - give them a ring.

DeDe
dedemetal jewelry