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Working with Refiners
July 2nd, 2020

Working with Your Refiner Guidelines for developing a refined relationship   Help Yourself by Helping the Refiner Jewelry makers must realize that no business arrangement is one-sided. Refiners have to meet the needs of their customers to stay in business, but there are things that those customers can do to help their refiners. Provide as […]

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Working with Casters
July 2nd, 2020

Working with Your Caster How to ensure your castings meet expectations   The More Information You Provide, the Better the Results When it comes to working with contract casters, one of the most vital aspects of the relationship is making sure they’ve got enough information. A good starting point is to talk about why you’re […]

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Working with CAD/CAM Services
July 2nd, 2020

Working with a CAD/CAM Provider A model approach to developing a good relationship By Rachel V. Katz   Find a Suitable Partner If you’re just starting out, take the following steps to find a vendor who can fulfill your needs: Determine your CAD/CAM needs. Do you need someone who can take your drawing from concept […]

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To Stamp or Not to Stamp
July 2nd, 2020

To Stamp, or Not to Stamp? How to determine when tool & die is your best option   A Few Initial Questions If you want to produce a piece in volume, and you’re wondering whether to cast it or to invest in tooling and stamp it out, first take a look at the design itself. […]

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Smooth Subcontracting
July 2nd, 2020

Smooth Subcontracting How to ensure a good relationship with your contract service providers   Tell Them What You Want—and Know What to Expect When beginning a project with a subcontractor, you should have a clear idea of what you would like done. Too many times, subcontractors will receive a model, CAD file, or piece to […]

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Safe Subcontracting
July 2nd, 2020

Safe Subcontracting How to protect yourself when working with subcontractors Contributed by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co.   Before Entering into an Agreement with a Subcontractor, Do Your Research “Get recent references and look at the Better Business Bureau,” says John Ganga, senior claims examiner at Jewelers Mutual. Also ask colleagues for recommendations, consult with trade […]

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Finding & Choosing Subcontractors
July 2nd, 2020

Tips for finding the right subcontractor to meet your needs By Shannon L. Brown Step One: Ask the Right Questions Before you approach a subcontractor about doing some work for you, know what you need. Use the following list of questions as a starting point assessment: • What metal(s)/gemstone(s) do I want to work in? […]

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Assaying Basics
July 2nd, 2020

Assaying Basics Understanding a refiner’s metal sampling and analysis processes   Preparing the Sample How refiners obtain a sample will depend on the lot. For most metal lots, refiners typically use one of three methods: drill, pin, or dip. To obtain a drill sample, the refining lot is melted down and formed into a bar. […]

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