HELP!!! I need professional councelling!! I have a customer
who loves me to death and loves my work, but has a bad habit of
collecting faceted stones when she goes on cruises and to gem
shows. You all know which ones I’m talking about, too (not the
standard 7X5 ovals) these are the ones you gem dealers crack a
bottle of champagne when you finally unload.
ANYWAY… She had me design a pair of earrings, matching
enhancer, matching ring and matching bracelet, complete with
gold hinge assemblies and handmade clasp, using her stones (about
40 total). She wanted the pieces mostly sterling with gold
accents and all the stones absolutely HAD to be in sterling
bezels (some of these are 10mm deep!!). After 3 hours of
sketching I came up with some designs I could live with (but
wouldn’t be caught dead wearing). I need feedback on two things:
Does anyone have any advice on the best way to make odd
shaped sterling bezels for really deep stones? There is no bezel
wire on the market that will fit some of these.
Any words of wisdom on how to bid really complex jobs?
Should I add extra for mental anguish?
Does anybody want to make these for me? Do you have an
want to give a real learning experience to? Mine would quit if
I gave her this, plus it would probably take her 4 hours to make
Thanks for listening & wish me luck! Wendy Newman designer/ goldsmith e-mail @Wendy_Newman