I’ve made costume jewelry for several years, using gemstone chips, as well
as other materials. My husband is a hobbyist silversmith who purchases
cabachons, etc. for the pieces he makes. I hope that is enough to qualify
me to ask questions on this list.
For the past two-three years, I’ve been writing about jewelry as well as
making it. My articles have appeared in Jewelry Crafts magazine and Fire
Mountain Gems’ wholesale catalog.
I am seeking about findings, both for my jewelry making and for
an article that I would like to write. I would like to know the answers to
questions like: What are hypoallergenic earwires made from and what is
surgical steel? I would like enough about findings to be able
to explain all about them to people who make jewelry. (and to my customers
who ask me questions.)
I wrote to the Jewelry Findings Association and to Cobb Company (I was told
they were a findings making company) requesting Neither
replied to my request. I also obtained a brochure title that the Public
Reference Office of the Federal Trade Commission had available at one time
that might cover findings. I wrote to them, and got back a reply that they
were out of the brochures. I have accessed the FTC web page, but couldn’t
find any brochures that could be downloaded.
I would really appreciate any suggestions that anyone has as to where else I
could find any about findings.
Thanks in advance,
Sandra I. Smith, Writer
“Mere ignorance of something does
not demonstrate its nonexistence.”