Tom, Logic is not infallible nor is it black OR white. Stuller is the
prime supplier to forty thousand brick and mortar jewelers. If they
were to open up the floodgates to the mass market, as has Fire
Mountain Gem, they would alienate their volume high ticket accounts.
Swest is not nearly as diversified as Stuller and much of what they
sell has long been made available to a broader segment of the
public. Every company has its own operational criteria. And, every
company seems to have its niches ; Swest, for example, has a nice
catalog with castings for which you can also buy wax patterns. As
for Fire Mountain , I find them to be a good source of freshwater
pearls and you can get greta deals by buying in quantity.
And by the way, Swest IS owned by Stuller and chances are that if
you are a Stuller account holder you will also qualify for an open
account with Swest.. Ron at Mills Gem, Los Osos , CA.
P.S. Happy to report a best ever Christmas, but can't wait to kick
back....two weeks of back to back days with crammed deadlines is a
killer. Time to take a fun little jaunt to Quartzsite. I'll need the
rest inasmuch as I have not done any repairs for weeks and there is
a pile stacked up on my bench ! Merry Christmas !