MJSA, the trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has published the 2013 print edition of its MJSA Buyer’s Guide, their resource for jewelry-making tools, supplies, and services.
In addition to its standard listings of suppliers (all of whom are MJSA members), the 316-page book features several articles to help buyers make the best decisions possible. Among the topics discussed: incorporating new technologies, from CAD/CAM and lasers to RFID and cloud computing; choosing the best bench for your needs; deciding when to invest in casting equipment, and how to do so properly; tips for maximizing refining returns; and trends in chains, findings, gems, and beads, contributed by Helena Krodel of Studio PR in New York City.
The listings themselves comprise all of the supplies and services needed by jewelry makers and designers - tools and equipment, chain, findings, metals, gemstones, beads, contract and business services, and packaging and displays. The listings drill down to precise detail (the findings section alone contains nearly 140 sub-categories) to ensure buyers can find exactly what they need. The Guide also includes a list of all MJSA members, with company descriptions and contact information, to enhance networking opportunities among members.
Buyers who use the MJSA Buyer’s Guide also get an additional level of confidence when doing business with the MJSA Member Suppliers. All suppliers listed not only demonstrate their dedication to the industry by joining MJSA, but they also agree to abide by the MJSA Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct and Business Practices. The Code is enforced by a Code Administrator who ensures that any complaint against a member is heard and handled with promptness, efficiency, and fairness. More info is available at www.mjsa.org/mjsa_buyers_guide/code_of_ethics.
All MJSA members receive a free copy of the Guide as part of their membership. Non-members can purchase copies for $35 each. To order the Guide, or to learn more about MJSA membership, visit www.MJSA.org or call 800-444-MJSA (6572).