Good News- American Jewelry Manufacturing Sector Begins To Thrive Again
Another example of how American manufacturers and craftsmen & women can succeed. They survived the great recession, Presidents and congresses of either party and all that offshoring.
Custom jeweler Gary Dawson at work in his Eugene, Ore., studio.
By Michelle Graff
Feb 26, 2012
Gary Dawson describes it as a leap of faith. Others might say it was foolish.
“I love what I do,” he told National Jeweler during a recent phone interview conducted fireside from his cozy jewelry studio in Oregon. “I never visualize a retirement like people do in our culture. But, after all those years having a business run me, I decided it was time to simply run a business.”
Dawson, who has been in the jewelry industry for about 37 years all told, opened his eponymous, custom-only Internet shop in June 2011 after finding a “great” web developer, Mike Dickman, through a mutual friend. In a true sign of people’s growing trust in relationships initiated online, the two have never met face to face despite working together for more than a year.
Another example is just a link. This company, Steven Kretchmer Designs is in Scottsdale. This is the home of some of the worlds most advanced precious metallurgy, and has amazing forward looking design too.