Friday, February 27, 2009

How to Find a Jewelry Studio

By Ernst Ralborg

Finding a designer jewelry studio can be a daunting practice. When you are looking for a custom jewelry designer, you know you are looking for some place where you could potentially be spending a lot of money, so you want to find a studio at which you can feel like you are making a good investment. You can make the search for a jewelry studio a lot less stressful by learning how to find a good studio and the things to look for when you do find some studios to check out. This guide will help you find your way into the best jewelry studio you can find.

Use the Internet

The internet should be your first port of call when looking for a good jewelry studio. With a few simple clicks of the mouse, you can find out which jewelry studios are in your area and what kinds of jewelry they specialize in. Perhaps most importantly, you can find out what kind of reputation these places have. You can bet that if a particular jewelry studio has a reputation for shoddy craftsmanship or conning people by selling them fake stones and pretending they are real, then someone is writing about it online. The internet is a great place to discover any red flags about a particular jewelry studio before you walk into the door.

What To Look For in the Studio

A great way to get the perfect piece of jewelry for you is to find a jewelry studio that is home to more than one designer. This way, you can check out a variety of different design options and get a feel for what kind of jewelry style appeals to you the most.

No matter how many designers are in the studio you settle on, however, there are a few things you should keep an eye out for. The designers should be able to discuss their background with you without a problem. Some designers are self taught, and that is ok, but look for things like diplomas, awards, and certificates on the wall that will give you an idea of the training of the jeweler.

Likewise, the jeweler should be able to discuss with you where each and every one of their stones and other materials came from, and they should be able to show you certificates of authenticity for their fine gems and materials. If they seem to have a lack of enthusiasm for proving their qualifications and the quality of their materials to you, turn and walk away.

More Help

If you aren't sure about a studio, don't be afraid to check them out with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau. Jewelry is an expensive investment, and it is desirable and practicable to get the advice these people before you turn over your hard earned cash. - 16651

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