Sellers have an obligation to accurately represent what they are selling. If, for example, you made a necklace from what you think are citrine beads but aren't sure, take them to a reputable appraiser to identify the material. This relates to the second issue, which has to do with the level of trust you want to develop with your customers. One of the main reasons why people love buying artisan jewelry is because they get to know the jewelry maker who created what they are purchasing.
It is very important, throughout your career as a jewelry maker, to continue to learn and inform yourself about beads, metals and other materials you use so you can intelligently discuss the origin of those materials with confidence. You should also be aware of the current state, federal and/or international laws regarding lead content in jewelry. View lead information here. Get to know your suppliers well and buy from the same sources for consistency.
I am not an attorney, and the information is not a replacement for legal advice. Consult with your own attorney to learn what laws and standards apply to you. - Dr. David Weiman
Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists; children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.
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