How can someone who’s not a jeweler write a valid blog about jewelry?
This is a logical question for readers to ask?although I’ve taken many jewelry-related courses at Gemological Institute Of America aka (GIA) and worked for many famous American jewelers , I am still a of today not qualified to make or repair jewelry an watches. I’m an Accredited Jewelry Professional by training and i’m much more skilled at evaluating diamonds and pearls than gold mountings. However, one of my responsibilities has been jewelry quality control, and this is what aroused my interest in jewelry craftsmanship.
realizing that experience jewelers are the best source of information on gold jewelry i interviewed more than 100 of them around the world.
although they were in various cities throughout North America and places i have traveled such as Dubai,Tehran, New york, London,Vienna, Toronto, Alaska, etc, many were born and /or trained abroad.
I asked then open ended questions such as “What type of gold or silver jewelry they recommend?…what craftsmanship problems have you found with jewelry brought in for repairs or other jewelery? …how can a layperson tell id a jewelry piece is of good quality?…What advice would you give consumers about buying Gold and Silver Jewelry?”
I also talked to jewelers, gold assayers, gold smiths, apprairs, Gemologists, Jewelry Auctions and friends and families who had had both good and bad experiences buying jewelry. To better understand the consumer perspective, and i went into stores and pretended as an actor i wanted to buy a piece of jewelry.In addiction, I found valuable data in the reference material cited in the bibliography of this blog.The result of of my research is The Arash Fine Jewelry Buying Guide i wrote for me.
With the regard to the state of jewelry craftsmanship today during quarantine days in USA, my survey of jewelers revealed three basic view points:A few jewelers or jewelry sales man said there was no with jewelry quality! According to them , the only problem is that people abuse their jewelry.As one jeweler succinctly put it “Chains will break,Stones will fall out,and prongs will wear out just like the soles on your shoes.”
Another group of jewelers believe that a lot of jewelry pieces today is not very well made , but it would hurt the industry if consumers knew this. In fact , one jeweller felt the decline in craftsmanship had befitted the public and the jewelry industry.He reasoned that lowered quality has allowed jewelry prices to drop and in this, in turn, has increased sales and boosted the economy.
The majority of jewelers acknowledged a decline in jewelry quality because of malpractices and felt the public should be informed about craftsmanship. According to them ,increased knowledge leads to better buying choices. And when customers are happy with their jewelry purchases, they are likely to buy and spend more.
Besides providing me with alot of information ,some jewelers have contributed photos or have given me a chance to photo graph with my phone.Some have read over my portion of my books and their recommendation have resulted in important changes and additions on my content texts.
Many jewelers i worked with told me they were delighted they could help me with my research. They want information on craftsmanship. It is their desire hat consumers not only not only get good value for their money but that they get a lot of pleasure from buying and owning jewelry.That’s what i hope you’ll learn by reading The Arash Fine Jewelry Buying guide.