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    For very special (and very beautiful) opals...

    For very special (and very beautiful) opals contact 'BrokenRiverMining' (Sue Cooper) on instagram- a lady opal miner in aussie. Tell Sue I recommended. How much better to hear from the miner herself...
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    Just picked up on your comment that you planned...

    Just picked up on your comment that you planned to use undrilled. Won't work. You need them half drilled because the pin is vital for keeping them in place on the setting.
  3. Thread: Ruts!

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    There's one item on my website - I've sold 648 of...

    There's one item on my website - I've sold 648 of them. No challenge to make but very popular. I sit and make them in sessions while box-setting of an evening. Of course the really annoying thing is...
  4. Thread: Ruts!

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    It's clearly the fault of customers who only want...

    It's clearly the fault of customers who only want to buy the same old stuff. Churn it out and take their money - divert a bit to pushing yourself to make new stuff and sell in a new market. Only you...
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    All the polishing info you will ever need is in...

    All the polishing info you will ever need is in Stephen Goldsmith's Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths. (He's my book big bro' to declare an interest). He also runs masterclasses,...
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    As an easy option it is possible to buy a...

    As an easy option it is possible to buy a ready-made all in one brooch bar. You just solder the base to your work.
  7. There are different colours of gold French Wire...

    There are different colours of gold French Wire available.
  8. If you want to string (pearls?) properly then you...

    If you want to string (pearls?) properly then you should give clamshells a miss and use french wire/gimp.
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    I know very little about gems, either rough or...

    I know very little about gems, either rough or cut. All I knew was that the semi-precious stone sellers in Hong Kong were all Indian
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    If you intend to be in this for a long time then...

    If you intend to be in this for a long time then start saving to travel to Hong Kong when it opens up to travelers again after covid. There are exhibition halls crammed with every possible gemstone...
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    Gorgeous. ....

    Gorgeous.


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  12. Thread: Awol

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    Continue to recover asap.

    Continue to recover asap.
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    If you do plump for superglue, get the gel...

    If you do plump for superglue, get the gel preparation. Much easier to handle as it doesn't run everywhere. Plus get the glue remover at the same time because you will still get glue on everything...
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    Sounds like hard work Dennis. Just drop an...

    Sounds like hard work Dennis. Just drop an earring finding into a drill hole.(full instructions in my book)
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    They don't have hallmarks in the USA. They...

    They don't have hallmarks in the USA. They usually call brand marks etc hallmarks, as I repeatedly point out on various forums. I'm very tedious! Consumer law is much more lax. Eat the chlorine...
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    It is being sold in the UK. The contract for sale...

    It is being sold in the UK. The contract for sale has been formed in the UK. The final destination doesn't matter.
  17. Thread: Pearls

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    Thanks :">

    Thanks :">
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    Too many ads

    Too many ads
  19. Well, we have enhanced our knowledge. They have...

    Well, we have enhanced our knowledge. They have not. We win

    (there is a lot of enquiring and disappearing going on at the moment. Infuriating!)
  20. What is the problem? That you cannot discover the...

    What is the problem? That you cannot discover the criteria for registering or that your registration is not allowed? I found this from the FT which might start you on a better track...
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    Me too.. I remember going to Goldsmith's Hall and...

    Me too.. I remember going to Goldsmith's Hall and they looked up WMG in a big parchment type book. And then I got to pick my shape. It's expensive and a pain but..makes a goldsmith unique. You look...
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    You could 'big up' the hallmark as something very...

    You could 'big up' the hallmark as something very special (Bit on the history and uniqueness of your personal mark etc etc)?
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    Sounds like your customer means you need to have...

    Sounds like your customer means you need to have everything in writing for your own sake.
    Yes re Hallmark. The contract of sale is made in this country therefore made under UK law.
  24. Remember though, never use one of those pearl...

    Remember though, never use one of those pearl clamps to hold a pearl. Dreadful.
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    You might want to check the Hallmarking Act...

    You might want to check the Hallmarking Act provisions but I think it is illegal to make any claims yourself on quality of metals. Gold, silver, platinum must be assayed and marked by a proper office...
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