Hello all, after a hiatus, I find myself home with the flu and
catching up on all the latest hot topics on Orchid! I’m graduating
from an 18 month program in June and would LOVE advice from people
who’ve been in the biz for years. My program is hands on, 8 hours a
day at the bench for 18 months - I say this b/c when I talk to
potential employers, they often think I’m a design student. Here are
my questions, and thanks SO MUCH in advance for your valuable
experience! Best, Holly.
What can I expect from a typical bench test?
Is 2 years at the bench laughable or is this an acceptable
"apprentice" period to be considered for a job seriously? (I’ve been
stone setting since Sept, laser welding, casting, plat, fabrication,
Do independent jewelers prefer a phone call and appointment, or
is it ok to wander in off the street and ask questions (my point
here is that not everything is on the internet, believe it or not,
and I’m moving to new city in June and don’t know where any of the
smaller jewelers are located, so might find them while wandering
Is there anyone in Houston that is interested in being a mentor?
That’s where I’m moving and although I’ve spent hours trolling
the internet and I’ve talked to the big engagement ring production
factories (Robbins Bros, etc.) I’d love to meet some independent
jewelers in the area.
Anyone looking for a bench jeweler in Houston in June/July?
(Although my fiancee is willing to support me for a bit, eventually
my cats would like to return to the lifestyle to which they were
accustomed before I became a starving art student… Thanks
again, ever so much!