i will appologize to you all in advance for this rant. if you are
not interested in hearing a rant delete now.
as a trained craftsman i have always believed that i need to stand
by my work. if i make something that is defective in any way it is
up to me to make it wright weather it is an issue with construction
or a design flaw. in saying this i have had it up to my eyeballs
with customers coming in asking me to fix problems with jewellery
when it is very evident that the producers of the jewellery have not
tested a design properly before putting it into production. My main
rule is, if you have to tell a customer they need to be careful with
the ring you just made them than you have not done your job
we make jewellery out of gold silver platinum and all sorts of
precious metals and stones. we do this because they last for a long
time. it is up to us to design jewellery that maintains the
integrity of the materials. if i sell a ring for 10000.00 made out
of diamonds and platinum my customer should be able to do there
gardening dishes play football in it without having to worry about
it falling apart.
the jewellery industry needs to think a bit more about how jewellery
is crafted and make fashion take the second seat. One of my best
examples is the illusion setting fad. this setting unless
constructed properly should not be sold to anyone that has a life
more active than sitting in a chair watching TV waiting to die. this
type of setting needs to be very carefully hand made, something that
can not be done on a mass production scale, or it will fall to bits.
this means that i get rings sold by all those jewellery stores that
have off shore manufacturers in for servicing because they refuse to
deal with expensive issues that should be covered by recall.
this only looks bad on the shop that sells the item and i end up
having to spend extra time listening to the rants of some one else’s
Please stand by your work
please take the time to make sure your designs are practical and dont
ever sell a fragile bit of jewellery to a mountain biker.