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.
When I was in college taking an “Economics 101” class, I remember having this one point hammered over and over again: “The law of supply and demand states that a low supply and high demand for any product or service will typically increase its price”. That brings me to the title of this post. “Buying Scarcity”. After some basic info, I will tie it into the jewelry trade.
Now I have nothing against selling jewelry. I did it for many years. I just do not want to mislead others into thinking that they cannot adequately clean their own jewelry, and I do not like using gimmicks to get you back into a store to sell you something.
This old vaudeville joke about Carnegie Hall, which opened in 1891, has been around so long, that no one knows who first said it. Made famous by Jack Benny (1894-1974), the vaudeville, radio and television comedian, it is probably the most quoted guidance on the importance of practice in order to learn a skill.
This quote is about music and musicians, not jewelry, but it has become the default advice on how to learn just about anything.
Unfortunately, it is probably the worst advice you can give someone to help them master any skill.
What is the weight of potential? A hard question to answer. How does one weigh an idea? A thought? A nebulous concept that has not fully formed?
Lon Putman handed this to me over 30 years ago and told me it was going to be the most important tool I would ever use. And he was 100% correct. I use it every time I go into my shop. Many times when I am not even in my shop. When people visit my shop to learn, I start by telling them that this is the most important tool they can ever have as well
I have no “artistic ability“. But I do not care about that.
I have plenty of “creative ability”. I would prefer to have both.