Well, happy to see I’m not alone. I stopped carrying the thin
herringbone trash 5-6 years ago. I got tired of “renting” the things
to my customers. Some took a month to come back, some took a week.
I must admit, most are still out there somewhere, but, I venture to
say, not in good condition. I can’t tell you how many I have melted
Don’t stop at herringbone chains.
I don’t think the manufacturers actually care - some retailers
included. If you look at most of the jewelry being sold to the
masses, you will realize that quite a bit of it is blankety-blank
junk. The mantra seems to be sell it cheap, cheap, cheap. The only
way jewelry can be any cheaper is to use less material, and cheaper
stones. Lighter mountings+cheap stones=junk. I really don’t
understand how the consumer thinks a 1ct. tw diamond ring for $299 is
a good deal. And, the store selling that item must be making a
profit. Maybe small, but a profit just the same.
I dropped out of the trade shop picture 10+ years ago because of the
quality of jewelry then. I got tired of being responsible for
anything that happened to the piece of junk just because I sized it.
I can’t imagine doing trade work now. Flimsy, low carat, poorly set
trash - No thanks. I’ll stick with being picky and choosing the
repairs I want to do and doing custom jewelry.
Nuff for the ol’ soap box. I gotta climb down and get some work done.