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  •  So very true (2+ / 0-)
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    sidnora, Catte Nappe

    As I've mentioned, my wife works there as well.

    It is easy to just toss Tiffany off as a play place for the rich, but the truth is, as you say, they employee artisans of the highest caliber.

    I tell people, forget the prices and just look at the skill that went into making some of the items.  It really is amazing.

    Also, they still do make some items- usually custom, or one off items- on the top floors of the the 5th Avenue store.  

    •  The thing in the diary that set me off (2+ / 0-)
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      gailwax, Catte Nappe

      was the assumption that the overwhelming value of the jewelry was in the materials, and that the labor was incidental. While it's true that fine jewelry materials are very expensive, most people would be shocked if they knew how much of that price tag is labor and overhead. Talented metalsmiths do not grow on trees.

      Having been offshored out of my first career and retrained as a jeweler rather late in life, I am continually in awe of the people I work with, whose skill level I will never come close to attaining (all except me men supporting families, BTW); people outside the industry really have no idea.

      The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

      by sidnora on Fri May 27, 2011 at 08:45:01 AM PDT

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