I am a beginning independent jeweler. I have no formal training yet, though I hope for the opportunity to apprentice within the next few years. I work primarily in sterling silver, focussing on maille and decorative chain. Since starting, about a year ago, I have 'invented' three of my own chain weaves which I have not yet seen in use by similar artisans. I currently have a lot more questions than answers about this business, and worry a great deal about my ability to succeed.