Thank you all for your input. I have had excellent support from both
Stuller, Rio Grande, and Hoover & Strong. I found a wonderful
diamond supplier through a referral. I am still exploring reasonably
priced nice quality gems (but I do have some good leads).
My latest primary frustration is finding charm type goods (needed
script letters/numbers for a project and kept running into
roadblocks) and pearls (various freshwater & saltwater). I do a lot
of custom work, so each project is a new adventure in design,
fabrication, and parts procurement.
I suppose I am just irritated because I know what is available out
there, from my many years of sales experience with customization,
and being rejected by those suppliers for whatever reason. One of
the few businesses I know of where you can be a legitimate retail
business (I have a license, EIN #, JBT #, etc), have to ask
permission to purchase from suppliers, and not be allowed to buy
from them because my studio is in my home, so I don’t fit the
traditional mold and choose to keep my overhead low and my profit
margin high. (And it is not a credit issue either)
Thank you for letting me vent, as I navigate my way through this
facet of our wonderful jewelry industry. (See what I did there?
hehehe) I am trying to learn to create the pieces I need, whenever
possible, but it is a process.
Create beauty wherever you are!
Donna William’s Jewelry