EtsyMetal Team Blog Carnival ~ Jewelry Industry Changes
February 2, 2015
The Blog subject of the month is a discussion on what changes have occurred in the time we have been in the jewelry business. Even in the short time I have been selling my wearables I have seen some changes. I’ll bullet point a few:
* From the Brick-And-Morter to the World-Wide-Web. I do remember when there were a lot more shops around town selling jewelry and, for that matter, everything else. So many of them closing the doors in recent years. Buying and selling on the web has become more convenient for both buyers and sellers. The internet has changed so much about our lives and relationships.
* Digital Photography. It has become much more affordable to own a decent digital macro camera. Thus, better ability to see the nitty gritty detail of the jewelry (this goes hand in hand with selling online). People are more likely to shop online when they can see the very close details of the product. That having been said, there are still a lot of people who like to touch and feel a piece of jewelry before making a purchase.
* Art/Craft Shows. One upon a time you could throw down your tapestry, lay out your jewelry and accept cash or check. The show was a place to mingle with old friends, meet some new ones, leave with a pocket full of dollar bills, happy customers and a few new friends. Today there is a lot of red-tape and high cost of booth space. We can be much more productive in accepting credit cards with the smart phones, better lighting and display methods. Generally (not all) the shows have become larger.
In summary a lot has changed but many jewelers use traditional, old fashioned techniques in their designs. Perhaps there in lies that special thing that we call handmade.
I do like change. However ,I am drawn to things of the past. The good ole days, really were.
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