How to Start Working with a New Designer in the Stone Industry

Understanding Natural Cameos

Natural cameos are gemstone-based pieces which are both unique and valuable, making them marketable in the fashion industry

Types of Natural Cameos

Exploring the different varieties of natural cameos, including shell, agate and lava cameos

Shell Cameos

Carved from the shells of marine animals, these cameos have a classic, vintage appeal

Agate Cameos

Produced from types of quartz, agate cameos are durable and have a distinct, glossy finish

Lava Cameos

Fashioned from lava stone, these cameos are usually darker and carry a more rustic charm

Identifying Potential Designers

Going through the process of finding and selecting designers who can assist in selling natural cameos

Successful Jewelery Designers

Looking into designers with a proven track record in successful jewelry design

Emerging Designers

Considering up-and-coming designers who show great promise and innovative design ideas

Eco-Conscious Designers

Focusing on designers who prioritize sustainability and can promote the 'natural' aspect of the cameos

Partnership Strategies

Exploring strategies on how to successfully collaborate with the selected designers

Product Knowledge Training

Providing comprehensive training about the natural cameos so that designers fully understand the product

Financial Arrangements

Negotiating terms of payment, including commissions and possible equity share

Regular Communication

Ensuring regular, effective communication to keep the working relationship smooth and fruitful

How to Start Working with a New Designer in the Stone Industry

Understanding the Scope of Work

Understanding the Scope of Work

Before anything, understand the scope of the job. It helps to know what design aspects need to be handled. The functionality and aesthetic approach needed will decide your designer's responsibilities.

Finding a Designer

You can find the right designer for your business through referrals, professional organizations, online job boards, or freelance platforms. Keep in mind your industry specific needs when choosing a designer.

Shortlisting and Interviewing Designers

Shortlist a few potential candidates based on their portfolio and experience. During interviews, ask about their experience in the stone industry, their understanding of materials and manufacturing processes.

Communicating Your Needs

Make your expectations clear. Discuss your project requirements, deadline, industry norms, company philosophy etc. Provide necessary materials and resources related to the stone industry.

Negotiating the Terms

Negotiate the terms of the contract. Discuss the fees, payment terms, project timeline, and responsibilities of the designer. Both sides should fully understand and agree before progressing.

Kicking off the Project

Initiate the project. Maintain an open dialogue throughout the design process and take time to have regular check-ins to stay updated with the progress.

Reviewing and Giving Feedback

Always provide constructive feedback. Especially in the stone industry, understanding the material and the design clash points are significant attributes. The end result will be more fine-tuned to your needs.

Finalizing the Design

Finalizing the Design

Once you're satisfied with the design, it's time to finalize it. Make sure all contractual obligations have been met by the designer. The design can now be taken to the next step of production.

English verbs rule: Past Simple vs Past Continuous Cheat Sheet

Past Simple

Regular Verbs

Add '-ed' to the base form of the verb. Example: worked, walked

Irregular Verbs

Irregular forms need to be memorized. Example: ate, brought


Used for completed actions in the past at a specific time. Example: I visited Paris last summer.

Signal words

Yesterday, last night, in 1989, the other day, last Friday

Past Continuous


Formed with 'was/were' + present participle (verb+ing) Example: I was working, you were walking


Used for ongoing actions at a specific time in the past. Example: I was studying at 7pm yesterday.


Past continuous is used when a shorter action in the past interrupts a longer action. Example: I was sleeping when the phone rang.

Signal words

While, as, when (if they refer to a longer action that got interrupted by a shorter one)

Collaboration Plan for Designers, Architects, and Fabricators

The strategic approach to building partnerships with industry professionals better utilize our natural stone resources.

Identifying Potential Partners

Mapping potential professionals who can appreciate and utilize natural stones.

Designer Outreach

Building relationships with designers who can incorporate our material in their designs.

Architect Engagement

Targeting architects who can specify our product in building projects.

Fabricator Connection

Establish ties with fabricators who can transform our product for practical usage.

Pitching our Products

Delivering a compelling narrative about the quality of our stones and how they can enhance projects.

Marble Presentation

Highlighting the beauty, durability, and luxury feel of our marble stones.

Travertine Showcasing

Demonstrating the unique aesthetic and versatility of our travertine stones.

Other Stones Promotion

Featuring other types of natural stones we offer and their potential applications.

Establishing Partnership Agreements

Securing formal partnerships through mutually beneficial agreements.

Designer Contracts

Working out contracts that provide favorable terms for designers.

Architect Accommodations

Establishing agreements that cater to architects' needs and preferences.

Fabricator Agreements

Forming agreements suited to fabricators' operational needs and capacity.

Offering Support Services

Providing comprehensive after-sale services and continuous support.

Design Assistance

Offering design consultation and assistance to maximize the use of our products.

Project Collaboration

Collaborating actively on projects for seamless incorporation of our stones.

Fabrication Support

Supporting with fabrication guidance and advice tailored to our specific stone materials.

Building Relationships with Designers

Start by identifying local designers and reaching out to them with an introduction of your business and offerings. Bring your sample materials and share information on the benefits and applications of natural stone.

Attend designer-focused networking events to communicate directly with them and understand their needs better. Create a relationship based on trust and mutual interests.

Offer an attractive business proposal for designers. This could include special pricing or referral partnerships, especially for those who bring in high-volume or high-quality business.

Offering Product Education

Organize workshops or continuing education courses about natural stone. This could help designers better understand your product, its use, benefits, and limitations.

Constantly update designers about new arrivals or unique stones they might be interested in. Use visual and tangible resources to better present these materials.

Be available to answer questions or queries designers might have about the natural stones.

Streamlining Cooperation

Provide designers with a clear and efficient ordering and delivery process. This would ensure that their projects run smoothly and on time.

Ensure excellent customer service. Prompt, reliable service is key to maintaining a solid working relationship.

Facilitate designers with project-specific needs like custom cutting, finishes, installations, etc.

Marketing Collaborations

Feature completed projects on your company website and social media. This would highlight the designer's work and also showcase your products.

Partner with designers for promotional events or home shows. This would provide exposure to both your business and the designers.

Create co-branded marketing material with designers who consistently work with your product. This could be in the form of joint advertisements, email campaigns, etc.