In response to increasing demand for help in finding subcontracting assitance, MJSA has launched the MJSA Guide to Subcontractors. Available both online and as a PDF handbook, the Guide lists MJSA members providing commonly requested contract services, such as stone setting, casting, and CAD/CAM. It also includes detailed information about each company-from minimum order requirements to whether it provides melee-to help buyers in their decision-making.
In addition, the Guide offers MJSA members free access to articles about how to best choose and work with a subcontractor.
"As the primary resource for information about jewelry making and design, MJSA receives many requests from jewelry manufacturers, designers, and especially retail custom jewelers who want help in locating a subcontractor," says David W. Cochran, MJSA president/CEO. "They may need to expand their capabilities, increase their production capacity, or just better control costs. With the MJSA Guide to Subcontractors, they now have a handy reference for the information needed to achieve their goals, and to develop excellent working relationships with their contract service providers."
In total, the Guide lists 10 contract service categories: assaying, CAD design, CAM manufacturing, casting, engraving, model making, refining, stamping, stone setting, and general contract manufacturing. The articles cover such issues as finding and choosing subcontractors, developing a good working relationship with them, and understanding related legal and financial issues. It also offers insights into specific processes, such as determining whether to stamp or to cast, and understanding a refiner’s metal sampling processes.
The online Guide to Subcontractors is part of the enhanced MJSA Buyer’s Guide Online, which provides a complete range of jewelry-related products and services, including tools and equipment, metals, findings and chain, gemstones and beads, contract and business services, and packaging, displays, and finished jewelry.
MJSA members can download the PDF handbook from the MJSA website, free of charge. Non-members can purchase the Guide for $12.95 in the MJSA Bookstore.