We get ideas for new products in all kinds of ways: from conversations with our customers and suppliers, by visiting trade shows, and by listening to recommendations from our in-house jewelers.
Earlier this year I was hearing from all of the above sources, that we needed a better tool to hold onto bracelet mandrels with tangs. Fortunately, we weren’t the only ones who saw the need. At the same time that I was out looking for such a tool, a Bay Area jeweler was busy inventing one!
David Sobel (said jeweler), gave me a call a few months ago, and described his new invention, a Rotating Bracelet Mandrel Holder.
Yes. David designed the tool so that a bracelet mandrel can be mounted to the front of a bench and then the mounted mandrel can be rotated by hand, allowing a jeweler to hammer from a comfortable, straight-on position, around the full circumference of their piece.
The result is brilliant, and so much better than anything I imagined, when I set out to source this item.