In response to the search for experts:
First, a quote from Carl Sandburg, just to keep things in perspective:
"An expert is a fool with a briefcase, a long way from home."
Now, with that out of the way, I'll get to my credentials:
Since January of 1993, I've been the number one paper-shuffler,
number-cruncher, & computer nerd for a small jewelry retailer. When my
wife bought me a modem in June of 1994, I jumped onto the Internet, along
with my old 386 & a local library free-net which I still use. I know less
about jewelry than any of my co-workers; when I see material on the Net
which looks like it might be of use to us, I pass it on to the appropriate
specialist for analysis & any appropriate action.
My computer background is mainly in database management for small
business; before I got my permanent position at Maxon's, I worked as a
free-lance consultant. As a hobby, I mess around with computer graphics,
primarily by programming in various versions of BASIC. Recently, I've
been focusing this on designs that might be of interest to jewelry makers.
I've tried to upload some of these images to the Net, but software
problems have gotten in the way. If anyone would like to see my recent
work, & they are in the continental United States, please send me a fax
number, & I'll get some pictures to you as soon as I can.
I'm not sure if any of the above makes me an "expert" in any useful sense;
however, if somebody out there really thinks that I can help them with
something, you have my e-mail address . . .
Joel Kahn <@Joel_Kahn>
Comptroller for Maxon's Jewelers
Diamond Merchants & Estate Jewelers
Authorized Dealer for Rolex & Tag Heuer
2622 S Glenstone, Springfield Missouri 65804 USA
Voice: 417-887-1800 or 417-887-1809