Category Archives: Business

Even Unintentional Deception is Still Fraud

The other day I was talking to a man who has visited the public sections at the big winter gem show in Tucson. While I was chatting with him, his wife wandered over and when she discovered the topic of … Continue reading

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“Natural” Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces

I am re-printing material here I developed in connection with another project. You may be approached for an opinion on the necklaces and/or you may be asked to manufacture one. I’m also posting the following as a downloadable pdf if … Continue reading

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Know Your Materials

Rob Bates, the news director of JCK, a leading trade publication recently wrote an article entitled “Jewelry is About Craft. We should tell Consumers.” His point is that manufacturers should take the time to tell retailers what goes into the … Continue reading

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Your Imagination and the New Year

Although I know that starting the New Year isn’t really a clean slate, it always feels like one, and it’s a good time to set goals and plan for a productive year. As a manufacturer of jewelry, you should have … Continue reading

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Technology and Organic Gemstones: An Uneasy Marriage?

I’m all for new technology. I may be dating myself, but when I went to graduate school, I was considered lucky because I owned an electric typewriter. Obviously, I don’t embrace all the new systems and platforms available to us…who … Continue reading

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Protect Yourself & Your Client

A young relative of mine became engaged recently. Her mother, my sister, gave her an eternity band which had belonged to her husband’s mother. I’m not trying to confuse you with relatives. I looked at the ring years ago under … Continue reading

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Price and Value Tension

(Note: Yesterday I rather casually tossed off a suggestion to beaders that was criticized by one artist. In the following, I hope to clarity my thinking and meaning.) Beading, the technique of using complex stitches and tiny seed beads to … Continue reading

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Beading and Value

Artfix Daily has posted a terrific column about the upcoming Fine Craft Show at the Brooklyn Museum, November 22-23. Although the article is ostensibly about the show, its real value is that it briefly reviews the work of some of … Continue reading

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Pearl & Bead Stringing Critical Niche in Jewlery Making Industry

I made a brief video outlining my objections to a recent article in an influential trade publication that offered subpar advice to its readership. Pearl and bead stringing is a critical niche in the jewelry making trade, just as stone … Continue reading

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Pearl of the Orient

  I’ve been working on a project recently where I came across the image posted here.I’m always interested in the history of jewelry and I have a specific interest in pearls, so to me, the image was arresting. So, I … Continue reading

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