Thanks to all for the suggestions and opinions. Comments below.
I often wondered how the low karat gold came to be the English
It is?? I thought 18k was comparable to the U.S.'s 14k throughout
Europe. Is England an exception?
I know you and your jewelry, you do have the clientele that will
pay the current value of the gold and understand it....
It's not just a question of whether my clientele will ante up; it's
as much a question of how much I can afford to tie up in inventory. I
make exclusively one-of-a-kind pieces that have a limited audience
(i.e., they're far from mass appeal). So my inventory does not turn
over quickly which means I can have a LOT of money tied up in
inventory. As the cost of gold has risen, that figure has become
I do feel the lesser value metal is just not you.
Thanks :-). But at this point, it's not a matter of whether or not I
will use a lesser value metal for some pieces, but whether that
metal will be 10k or sterling silver.
Here in Australia, the 2 main golds used and sold are 9ct and
It's different here in the U.S. and in Europe. I guess your 9k
equals the our 14k which equals Europe's 18k -- in terms of public
Surely whatever materials you're using, you're taking it into
account and charging the customer accordingly?
Of course. But with the current price of gold, I could easily price
myself out of the market.
I posed the question to my wife, she said go with the 10K gold if
it is what needs to be there.
Interesting. And that was in preference to sterling silver?
She is the lady who keeps petitioning the Olympic committee to add
shopping to the list of events.
Using silver, due to the contrast in colors seems a little less
sneaky somehow, but as long as you disclose what you do I don't see
a problem with either material.
I hope you're right since I'm trying it both ways for now :-). I
have a show coming up in a couple of weeks and I'll be looking for