WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for 25 March, 2009:
WigJig News -- AKA Boomer Sez:
Our Spokesdog: If an insurance company can have a gecko, we have decided that we can have a spokesdog. Boomer, shown at right, is our spokesdog. If you select Boomer's picture at right, you will be able to view Boomer at work.
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Here is what this means to you as a customer. We inspect every tool we make. We actually check every order we ship three times prior to shipping. In spite of the fact that we have an active quality control process for both manufacturing and shipping, we still see a very small number of errors. If you, as our customer, happen to receive the one out of about 200 orders that we ship with an error, we apologize and promise that we will correct our error at no cost to you. If we happen to send you a defective tool, we promise to correct that, even if it happens to be a Lindstrom tool. Errors are part of business and really can't be avoided. We thank our customers for understanding this.
New Jewelry Making Supplies:
We have two new items since our last newsletter. They are our item 3443 and item 3444 10mm Swarovski round crystal pearl beads. We haven't had a great selection of larger round beads and we are starting with these two beads. You can view these new items below left and center.
We have also received a shipment of CZ gemstones from China that we will be adding to our inventory in about a week. These new gemstones are 9x36mm cubic zirconia pendants with an .8mm side-to-side hole. We will carry these pendants in nine different colors. You can view one sample of these pendants below-right. Please check for them in April.
Google Knol: The Google company has created a new service that they hope will ultimately compete with Wikipedia as an online encyclopedia. Google has invited content authors to contribute articles on topics of interest to the Internet community. The articles are called "Knol's" or units of knowledge. We at WigJig have contributed our own Knol on "Getting Started Making Jewelry for Beginners". We borrowed the title from the Division of Redundancy Division. ;-) This Knol discusses four techniques for making jewelry that are easy, quick and suitable for beginners. It also provides links to instructions and to suppliers for the materials required. Please select here to view our Knol on Getting Started Making Jewelry. We think our newsletter readers will like this unit of knowledge.
Birthstone for March: The Birthstone for March is the Aquamarine. Aquamarine is a naturally occurring gemstone and is known for its blue color. Frequently natural Aquamarine gemstones, mined from the earth, are treated by heating to a very high temperature to enhance the blue color. Aquamarine has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale and is harder than most dust. The largest natural Aquamarine every found was found in Marambaia, Brazil and weighed 242 pounds. It was 19 inches long and 16.5 inches in diameter. We sell both man-made aquamarine, chemically identical to mined aquamarine, and aquamarine colored cubic zirconia. Please select here to view more information on aquamarine and a link to our selection of aquamarine gemstones.
Browsing our WigJig Web Site: From the outside it may seem that WigJig hasn't been very busy for the past several months. We haven't published as many new designs as we normally would and this could lead one to believe we been loafing. Actually, we have been very busy making changes that can't be easily viewed. We have upgraded the software that we use for processing orders and we have updated our web presence. We are moving to the point where we will have a wigjig.com server on the East Coast and another on the West Coast. We now have the ability to move our wigjig.com traffic between these two servers with about 10 minutes notice. We have also set up automatic fail-over so that if our primary server goes down, within 10 minutes our site will be back up on the opposite coast server without any manual intervention.
This new infrastructure is not totally finalized as we are still making improvements. For some customers, you may find that our "local" server may respond faster than the default server. For customer's on the East Coast, you can try our East Coast server at: https://www.wigjig.com You can visit our old web site on our west coast server at http://west.wigjig.com. Please remember that these two addresses do not automatically fail over. If you are interested in how we built our redundant infrastructure, please send us an e-mail.