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Prescient thread from 2007 on trend toward handmade settings

Lula

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I found this thread while searching for something else, and I was amazed to see how spot-on Neil Beatty was in his predictions about settings https://www.pricescope.com/communit...way-to-become-a-bench-jeweler.67018/#p1027482 See his comments toward the end of the thread.

On a related note: I'm in the market for a replacement setting, and I've been shocked at how much stock settings have increased in price over the past six months. The price difference between ready-made and custom seem to be shrinking -- i.e., there are few "low-price" options anymore. Am I imagining things, or does it seem like hand-fabricated pieces have not experienced the jump in price that stock and CAD/Cast pieces have (percentage-wise)?
 
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