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> but there is so much poorly finished pieces out there I really
> don't think the consumer knows the difference.
It depends on you and your customers. We take the time to educate
ours if they are not already.
I do agree that CAD CAM is a very important tool, but it's still
just a tool. I recommend that all of our students learn CAD if they
want a long career in the trade. However, it's up to us to educate
our clients and show them how fine jewelry is really made.
We are not all helpless in the face of changes. It's our trade and
we can make it whatever we want. Learning how to use tools and make
stuff is just the start. We also have to teach our clients. The
better educated the client is, the nicer stuff she will want.
There will always discerning jewelry collectors.
Have fun and make lots of jewelry.