Hi very good point Roy
If you are making really impressive one of a kind jewelry and/or
costly items which few make, you may be in a different league,
because there are few true comparables and you may have clients who
are your patrons and buy just from you.
I make simple sterling rings with bezel set stones, cabs and faceted
hollow backed. The comparables have ring shanks 2 mm or less wide and
1 mm thick half round. They will bend out of shape or if cast snap
My ring shanks are 4 mm wide and 2 mm thick, I like to use an oval
comfort fit profile, even more unique.
The width of my ring shanks shows the polished quality of sterling
very well and is extremely hard to deform.
Puts me ahead of the comparables. The customers can see very quickly
that my rings are far better than the comparable rings from Asia.
Had a lady want me to size up a ring she bought that was supposed to
have been cast in Australia but was hand made in India. Spend decades
looking at jewellery and you can very quickly tell where it is from.
Shank a bit over half a mm. I said no sorry. " But why you are a
Silversmith?" Yes I am and experience has taught me that a lot of
jewellery from India is not\ sterling and this shank is too thin to
be worth doing because it will only break in the near future. If you
had bought a ring from me it would have a lifetime guarantee and be
of the highest quality and guaranteed Sterling. Also half the price
for that stone and my garnet would have been better quality. And it
would have fitted.
If the ring had been of good quality I would have sized it up for
the lady. For a good price.
She was very upset and took the ring back, told the guy it could not
be resized like he said it could and got a refund.
I made her a beautiful rhodolite cab, not cheap and nasty, badly cut,
almandine garnet like the Indian ring for the same price. She is now
a regular customer.
Mister “cast in Australia” really hates me now and I am just getting
started on him. By the time I finish with this con artist he will be
broke or in gaol or both. My friends who are silversmiths and I are
making a very big effort to support quality regardless of where it
is made and promote Australian made foremost. I have a friend who has
a workshop in Nepal, a family of old time jewellers, quality is great
designs are good too, I refer people to him for jewellery I do not
make or stones I do not use. He does the same for me. Quality
traders get on well, we play design wars, best design sells and we
never copy each other. And we sure give the crp artists sht.
Quality is quality and crap is crp and never the twain shall meet.