Welcome to Fetter-and-Three!
This is the blog site of Hesti Wade. I am a full-time jeweller, currently employed as a caster and fine jewellery manufacturer at Altin Jewellers in Pretoria, South Africa.
The subjects that I blog about here are ones that I encounter in my everyday work. When inspiration strikes, I will quickly type up a few words on my smartphone and hastily take a few pictures, all to share with you once I have had more time to properly compose an article.
Subsequently, you will often see the work-stained fingers of my left hand in a picture, or the banged-up surface of my workbench. If you are not a jeweller yourself, I hope that you will appreciate the candid comments and insider views of the often unglamourous world of jewellery manufacturing.
The aim of the blog is to offer insight and practical advice to fellow jewellers, no matter your level of experience. If there is anything that you have always wondered about as a jewellery manufacturer, chances are that someone else has come across the same thing.
To non-jewellers, perhaps knowing what is behind the process will help you make more informed decisions when buying jewellery, or even just increase your appreciation for the time and skill it takes to manufacture beautiful pieces.