Pet peeve time.There seems to be an eternal one-up-man-ship when
it comes to speed.We seem to need a quantitative measure of our
ability.He did 10,She did 20,and I did 30.Invariably,these
discussions are centered around the least demanding of
tasks.Basic stone setting,sizing,ect.. Qualitative
measure,degree of difficulty,and complexity are thrown out.
Speed and efficiency are the means by which we make our trade
profitable. However,it is the quality of our style,beauty,and
craftsmanship that make our work endure.
In short,we achieve that which we seek.If we seek speed,we will
achieve speed.In the process,we will train ourselves to use the
fastest method.sometimes this yealds good results,sometimes
not.It almost never yealds the best results.
If we place quality as our priority,we will train ourselves to
achieve quality.In the process,we gain proficiency that also
brings us speed.The path of quality is the slowest to
develop,but gives us the most in the long run.
The next time someone says they can set 100 stones per hour,ask
them how many of the were large,high quality,emerald
cut,emeralds. So much for my soap box.