Hi Brian, Charles, Jeffery et al.
the only way to deal with these people is to use the law as feeble as
it may be.
My friend’s brother was highly placed in Customs. I told him that
lots of importers were avoiding import duty and it was hard to
compete. He said “If you do not do your job as a citizen and do not
tell us (customs) then it is your fault if they hurt your business.”
So if my market manager does not have these fake silver chains
removed then the matter will be placed in the hands of the appropriate
authorities. And they can all wear the consequences.
Jeffery’s photo is exactly the chain I am talking about.
Genuine silversmiths are a very friendly bunch of people and even in
the same market do not compete with product. BECAUSE WE MAKE OUR OWN
DESIGN WARS ARE SO MUCH FUN AS IT IS NOT PRICE OR QUALITY (it is all
A grade quality) BUT DESIGN THAT SELLS THE PIECE. WE DO NOT
At Bellingen markets I made friends with some traveling silversmiths
yesterday. We checked out each others pieces and discussed price
points and stones used, swapped suppliers etc. AKA talking sh*t with
fellow crafters. Told them about Orchid grateful they were.
Nothing they had looked like mine they did their own trip. That’s
what my friend Linda George said when checking my stuff the other
week “Nothing like mine.”
However there is a stall holder in a ‘stall holder make it market’ I
do, selling jewellery “Cast by my father.” LOL Try old stock hand
made in India.
Recently they have boosted their range with castings from Bali.
Never seen sterling come from Bali, as noted in previous posts by
myself and others. I will buy a piece and have it assayed, AGS do a
fine job for this. If it does not come back as sterling then the
consequences will be amusing, for me anyway.
In Australia the jewellery buying public is less than educated, to
be polite, and like to believe what they are told. It is hard enough
in business without having to compete against shysters/schmutter
merchants. We as a trade have to look after ourselves and deal with
the rip off merchants.
Let us not even bring up man made diamonds being sold as natural.
All the ones I use are GIA certified.
Why do I do markets? Because I started selling in them and even
though I have a beautiful by appointment show room, I still enjoy the
ambience. Never met a funnier bunch of weirdos than in markets,
friendly and bizarre. But also it is the best way to show your
product to thousands of people for less than the cost of newspaper ad.
I get good orders too, yesterday order for one and a half carat black
diamond set in 18 kt yellow and her sister wants a good one carat
diamond set in platinum. I can taste the champagne already.