For the last two days, I found myself immersed in the past and the future at the annual "Bench Jewelers Conference' in Atlanta. What does the future in this economy hold for jewelers and bench jewelers? It seems that people who are not selling their gold items for scrap, are repairing and restoring them, so there will be a need for quality craftsmen (and women!) even in a downturned economy. Once again,I've been reminded that what I do has more to do with memories and emotions, than gold & gemstones.
I discovered at the conference that after 32 years of working with jewelry, my methods and tools are a bit prehistoric! My instructors and colleagues use cutting edge technology that I will need to embrace and incorporate into my future works....or not!
If it ain't broke.....
Patti the Dinosaur