Hi Annette, I use the Dynamic Display cases. I bought them last year
and have been very happy with them. I know a few other jewelers who
use them as well, and as far as I can tell, they’re as satisfied as I
am. They break down into almost nothing, so storage and
transportation are relatively easy. They look very good, in my
opinion… sleek and professional. Definitely not the flea market
look. They’re quick and easy to put together and take down, with
basically no tools or mechanical skills required. There are some set
screws on the glass top you can tighten with an allen key after the
case is assembled, but its not absolutely necessary.
Initially I didn’t buy the case lights, but had the cases drilled
for them. After one show without them, I had the lights for my second
show. Even in adequate daytime lighting, they are a big plus. My
opals positively dance under the case lights. At $95 a strip (double
cases requiring two), they ain’t cheap. I haven’t rigged up a way to
run the lighting off a DC power supply for situations where
electricity isn’t available, but it can be done and I need to figure
it out. I followed the thread a couple weeks ago with great interest.
If anyone had wired these DD case lights for DC operation, I’d love
to hear about it!
The only drawback or concern I have about the cases is stability.
Normally not an issue, but I’ve had situations where teenagers or old
ladies come up and practically lay on the case, causing it to shift
or tip and my heart to skip a beat. After having done that on one
side of my display, I had a kid go over to the other side and do it
again! Fortunately, his mom kicked him out of the booth before I had
to take “corrective action.” I’ve toyed with the idea of clamping,
screwing or bolting horizontal support struts along the ground to
provide a larger and more stable footprint, but haven’t followed
through on that idea either.
One consideration is whether to get the flat top or slant top cases.
I bought slant top. No worries about people putting or leaving their
coffee cups on your case, but you also don’t have the place to put
any pieces or trays down if you’re showing something. On the other
hand, you’re not going to inadvertently leave anything out on top of
the case, either. I think the slant top gives better visibility, and
a natural “tiering” of your display, but jewelers with flat tops seem
to be just as happy with their decisions.
Let me know if you have any further questions!
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)