Hi Tino; I agree completely! But I think there's even more to it.
When I design a piece of jewelry, I know that not only am I going to
carve the model, or fabricate it, I am going to be casting it, making
a rubber mold, if called for, setting the stones, and polishing it.
It may get damaged, and I'll be the one fixing it. After 30 plus
years of doing this, one comes to appreciate what has been lost in
the specialization thats taken place in our industry. Everything has
to be anticipated, and this take experience. The answer to this
problem, in production situations, is good shop management. You need
someone, at least, to oversee the entire process, from design to
packaging, to get the best product possible and to fight off the
bean-counters who insist it can't be done right. Keep up the good