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    Look outside europe - most of the stuff sold in...

    Look outside europe - most of the stuff sold in the EU is made in China anyway. Check with Alibaba and Aliexpress to find manufacturers. You'll still have to pay import taxes but you'll be buying...
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    I suspect that your friend has heard about the...

    I suspect that your friend has heard about the maeshori process which buffs up pearls.(buffing, heating) Not heard about that relating to mother of pearl but I suppose it is possible. Though there...
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    Yes it's the form for when you come back to the...

    Yes it's the form for when you come back to the EU/UK from the rest of the world with anything worth more than 18 of commercial goods. Red channel time.
    You were presumably not delivering these...
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    A couple of thoughts. Classic setting, but if...

    A couple of thoughts.
    Classic setting, but if the claws work even slightly loose you will very quickly have one very scratched pearl
    You have used an 8mm button pearl, which looks to me to be...
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    CN22 is easy peasy. This is the hand carry form!...

    CN22 is easy peasy.
    This is the hand carry form! Every box must be filled in correctly and then you pay the VAT or your stuff is impounded.12842
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    That article conflates several issue. 1 shipping...

    That article conflates several issue.
    1 shipping companies are charging more because they have to do more now - simply convey and deliver before brexit. Now there is a full customs procedure to...
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    Ah..sounds like it is 'Tahitian black' - cheap...

    Ah..sounds like it is 'Tahitian black' - cheap freshwater pearls dyed with 'Tahitian black' dye to make them look like Tahitian (black) pearls.

    Note that Bali silver is sterling silver processed...
  8. People can't be told.

    People can't be told.
  9. I found the chamber of commerce existed to...

    I found the chamber of commerce existed to perpetuate itself and pay wages to its staff. Never got a single benefit from my year's expensive membership.
    If you've not run even a small business what...
  10. As I said to your post in another thread, if you...

    As I said to your post in another thread, if you are having to ask forums for answers to such basic questions, you should question the whole business. You simply aren't ready
  11. If you can't answer those questions yourself I'd...

    If you can't answer those questions yourself I'd say your ambitions are way ahead of your ability.
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    I messed around for well over an hour. Then...

    I messed around for well over an hour. Then concluded that any repair would not last. considering the replacement is around 12 if I get 10 more years that's not bad, and by then I'll be too decrepit...
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    Perhaps you could so some research yourself re...

    Perhaps you could so some research yourself re price etc..ebay, relevant websites, gemporia..
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    I'm awaiting the arrival of a new saw frame as my...

    I'm awaiting the arrival of a new saw frame as my 40+ year old one died on Sunday - handle fell off and not repairable.
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    2020 has been an interesting time. But aren't...

    2020 has been an interesting time. But aren't some of us at least fortunate to be able to work as normal since we already work from our home workshop? With more of the same sure to come we're already...
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    That's interesting, because mine are diameter...

    That's interesting, because mine are diameter sensitive and mine are also around 40 years old - gun method. I had some findings which were very elegant, the hook flowed into a sort of lily flower...
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    I could make some very rude and sexist jokes,...

    I could make some very rude and sexist jokes, Dennis....
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    Many wearers who think they can't wear silver...

    Many wearers who think they can't wear silver earrings have actually had a reaction to the tiny bits of plating flaking off through wear and irritating the piercing.[/QUOTE]
    Or they have American...
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    Why? they're such an old and bead-y very amateur...

    Why? they're such an old and bead-y very amateur design.
    And cheap!
    In the scheme of things if you must use these hooks just buy them. It's not worth hours of your life to make them.

    If you are...
  20. Ouchie. Been there etc. Sympathy

    Ouchie. Been there etc. Sympathy
  21. It depends on your market. Whether customers want...

    It depends on your market. Whether customers want precious metal or base metal. Vermeil can be assayed and marked (as silver, but still..it's a hallmark)
    1 you can find vermeil with a decent layer...
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    [QUOTE=Ruedeleglise;110137]Following on from the...

    [QUOTE=Ruedeleglise;110137]Following on from the foredom sr discussion I have looked on eBay and they appear to sell what I assume, probably quite erroneously is a full kit of motor shaft and hand...
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    I'm going to recommend the book on 'polishing and...

    I'm going to recommend the book on 'polishing and finishing' by master polisher Stephen Goldsmith. It covers all the polishing issues, including safety. ...
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    Do you mean beads or pearls since you mention...

    Do you mean beads or pearls since you mention knotting?
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    It might be worth simply poking around on eBay...

    It might be worth simply poking around on eBay and the internet generally for an hour before you do complicated stuff - unless you want to do complicated stuff. There are plenty of charm sized silver...
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