I am new here, so I hope I am doing this correctly! I’m a
jeweler/artist living in the US Virgin Islands. I have had
consistent bad luck with casting companies the last couple of years
and am hoping someone here can point me in the right direction. My
The person I was using on the islands was great in lead time for
production and new designs, but the casting was horrible quality:
Inconsistent, cracking, pitting, etc…etc…
I have used Billanti, and they are great and quick, but they do not
offer finishing and they are really pricey.
Last year I found Alpine Casting, who did a FANTASTIC job as far as
quality goes, great prices as well. However, the production time was
unnacceptable. Just to give you an idea, I have been waiting on 7
new designs for almost 5 months. I finally had it out with him today
and he is sending my masters and molds back with my final order.
So now the search continues. I need someone who is quick (I can
understand a lead time of up to 3 weeks or so), reliable and
consistent, and can handle tricky designs. Also someone who does
complete finishing services, including soldering on my bails and
Basically these pieces are the bread and butter of my business (I
also create one of a kinds and custom) so I want them to come to me,
where I can just set my gemstones and it’s done. Put 'em out and
I’m hoping some of you have some imput and can recommend a place or
two. This last experience has been a headache and a half and I just
want my product. Not too much to ask, right?
Many thanks, and I look forward to getting to know you all and being
a part of this group!