My jewelry is made up of a variety of metals, gauges, colors.
Customers often ask me what something will cost (apx) given the high
and constantly fluctuating costs of precious metals. I don’t mind
doing this…but I never have found an easy way to quickly come up
with prices, based on all the variables I can use in any one piece.
For instance, today (Sunday) I need to make an estimate for a
customer that requires different gauges and colors of gold. Usually
I call Hoover & Strong and some nice salesperson gives me the prices
de jour for the stock I need.
But I always feel guilty “wasting” their time when I am not yet
ready to order. My estimate/bid must go to the customer and she
thinks about it, etc etc etc. And the whole process can take
forever, in the meantime the metal market changes.
Is there any place online that I just plug in the gold k, gauges,
colors, etc, and get the price so on non-work days and/or when I
don’t want to bug a salesperson I can get some idea of what the
metal is going to cost for a project?