Something I Can Do

” I have a project for you, she said.

“Oh, and what might that be?” Then she handed me a cute little jewelry box clad in white open to reveal a pendant meant to hang around the neck. There chain was gone, but the lacey looking silver pendant of an antique design with a cluster of emerald green stones moved around loosely among three loose stones. It was apparent that the three stones belonged in the center of the metal frame. I had immediately suspected I would have to reset the stones using tweezers and a eye loop. “Just glue them back in,” she said.

“I can do that,” I replied. That is when my new found career as an amateur jeweler came into being.

In my job I regularly used a microscope to look for product defects. Using a scope is not foreign to me and moving things around under the scope with tweezers is something I have developed dexterity to do. The real question is could I make a living doing jewelry repair?