can some one explain to me why people work with nickel.
One in ten people are allergic to this metal. It is banned in the EU
for this reason.
It is even more crap than low karat golds. For casting there are
alternatives, such as lead free “pewter”.
I am a silversmith (newbies we also work in high karat golds). The
price of sterling is insignificant
compared to the labour charge.
I specialise in rings, metal cost $15 usually less. Labour charge $
40 plus. Selling price as much as the trade will bear.
I recently put my prices up 50% still can not keep up the
The final selling price is less than fashion jewellery profit
margins. I used to make this crap so I know.
A fashion trade secret, screw them hard for the dollars. When I was
head designer for
Beadco. I said to Victoria (Wiki) these sequins on surgical steel
ear wires cost 10 cents
what will the retail price be? $5 she said, sold thousands. Those
were the 80’s.
Resin earrings material and labour $1 retail $70.
Why not use a quality metal instead of crap?
Not a criticism just a question.