I subscribe to a magazine called color stone, which I began
subscribing to after the Spectrum Awards in which a piece I
manufactured was spotlighted in it.
This magazine showcases new cuts, new stones that they have
discovered and new treatments for colored stones.
The March/April edition has an article on reasons why bench jewelers
are less enthusiastic about setting colored stones in pieces of
I am lessening anyone’s experiences in the industry when it comes to
designers and the less then flexible and/or understanding jeweler.
After being in the jewelry industry as a goldsmith and bench jeweler
for thirty years, I have had my fair share of hassles with retail
store owners that I service and even in my own store with customers
that just do not appreciate my talent and the hours that I have put
in to perfecting my trade. I have had to deal with numerous stores
and designers trying to undermine my talent and my abilities, and
thent hrowing money in my face to make me happy. Yes, it is my job
and it is something I do to provide a living for myself and for my
family, but how dare they throw money at me to appease the problems
that they themselves began.
I am constantly venting my frustrations to my family. Please know
that you are not alone in this industry when it comes to being
disappointed in the reactions that you receive from the customer
base that we service.
PO Box 668
Cottonwood, CA 96022
TEL (530) 347-9681
FAX (530) 347-9683