“Can you tell me what this is worth?”
My standard answer is “It is worth what you paid for it. If you want a professional appraisal I charge $60 an hour, minimum two hours to evaluate and determine the value.”
“But I don’t want an appraisal, I only want you to tell me what it is worth.”
I have seen that many online educational videos tend to assume that you have some experience with bench work. Many also assume that you have access to tools. Lots of tools. Very expensive tools. This was a pet peeve of mine when I was just starting in the 80’s and it seems that nothing has really changed.
Before starting and sitting down at your bench or workspace look around. Just because everything seems ok at first glance, do not become compliant.
This video shows how to make a basic, but often used tool at the jewelers bench. The sanding stick. You should make several of these in different grits of paper.
At first glance it looks remarkably like a skirt hook, but the size of it makes me doubt that. Most likely half of a clasp set for a pouch or a neckline. It could be the hanging end of a small chatelaine. it could possibly be for winningas as well.
I have been to many events lately where there has been little to no attempt to make the venue look nice. This leads to another problem. When the event is over, everyone just packs up and leaves. Trash is strewn everywhere, chairs and tables are left out, floors dirty, and trash cans left overflowing.
A great example of how things change.
Look at your engagement or wedding ring. Is it a Tiffany style solitaire? If so, I have some trivia for you.
There are very few things that can be said that are the same for every jewelry store out there, but one of them is that if you ask and dig around at the very back of the safe, you will find a box.
Every jeweler starts somewhere This page is where I will share information that I have learned over the years.
As an artisan, when asked to create a proposal for regalia, I normally have a conversation similar to the following.