When I first started making jewelry back in 1969, I had a
mentor, Ben Douglas, who taught me alot. One day I got around to
asking him why. His answer was that the more jewelers that were
making pieces and selling them, the more aware the public would
be that they could buy handmade jewelry rather than manufactured
Not everyone who takes a course will become a jeweler, but they
will appreciate what goes into making something worth buying.
Education is a very good thing, very beneficial to all concerned,
who want to make an honest living within the jewelry field.
The concept that I probably like most about the jewelry field is
that very few people (that I have run across) have even remotely
the same background, training, and experiences that I have, and
so there is a lot of room for sharing experiences,cross
pollination, and growth. This forum has had a considerable impact
on my work, and all of you who contribute have my gratitude.
Richard D. Hamilton
Fabricated 14k, 18k, and platinum Jewelry
wax carving, modelmaking, jewelry photography