MJSA is now preparing two publications that will help jewelry makers and designers make the best decisions when sourcing supplies and services: the MJSA Buyer’s Resource and the MJSA Guide to Contract Service Providers.
Published biennially, the MJSA Buyer’s Resource is a "smart shopping" guide that offers insights into everything from determining ROI for large equipment purchases to choosing and working with subcontractors. It also lists all current MJSA members with full contact information, so readers can easily source needed products and services.
In September, MJSA will publish the second volume of the Buyer’s Resource. (To order Volume One, click here.) The 2011 edition will feature articles on the following topics:
• Checkpoints to Ensure Purchased Equipment Meets a Company’s Needs
• Choosing and Outfitting a Bench: The Basics
• A Guide to Alternative Metals
• How to Ensure Refining Returns Meet Expectations
• How Companies Can Protect Themselves when Subcontracting Work
• Tips for Buying Gemstones
• Buying Beads: A Glossary of Terms
• Shopping for Custom Components
To further help jewelry makers and designers source contract services, MJSA will publish a pdf supplement focused specifically on commonly needed services. The MJSA Guide to Contract Service Providers will list MJSA member companies offering such key services as assaying, computer-aided design and manufacturing, casting, engraving, model making, refining, stamping, stone setting, and overall contract manufacturing. In addition to member contact information, it will include detailed information about the types of services offered, specific policies (e.g., minimum order requirements), and specific capabilities.
Forms have been sent out to MJSA members requesting updated information. For more information about either publication, e-mail MJSA or call 1-800-444-MJSA (6572). For advertising details, e-mail Sales Manager Corrie Silvia or call her at 1-800-444-MJSA, ext. 3041.