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Choose Quality Over Quantity When Selecting Handmade Jewelry

Handmade 29 c Sunstone Copper Bark Ring
Handmade 29 c Sunstone Copper Bark Ring

Make sure you always choose quality vs.. quantity when buying jewelry that is handmade, especially if this purchase is a gift for someone special. Purchasing a smaller, well-made piece is much better than buying a larger, poorer quality item for the same price. Remember that a good piece of handmade jewelry by a jewelry designer doesn’t necessarily mean it’s expensive. Remember that in the end, like many things in life, quality usually wins out, and this is especially true with handmade jewelry.

Shopping for hand-crafted jewelry can be exhausting without the right forethought and preparation. Before heading to your nearest art gallery or fine arts festival, take a moment to ponder about a a handful of things. First off, you should always think about what their tastes are like when it comes down to fashion and jewelry. Shopping for an addition to their collection can be a bright decision, so dig through the jewelry that they presently have and look for something which they may be overlooking, or any materials and gems that they wish to have. Perhaps you may also want to consider what they have most of and combine it with a different class of jewelry. If they’ve lots of band and cocktail rings, it’s possible that you’ll want to get them a set of earrings or maybe a copper bracelet or necklace, just to be different.

 

11 ct Pear Cut Amethyst Sterling Silver Cocktail Handmade Ring
11 ct Pear Cut Amethyst Sterling Silver Cocktail Handmade Ring

Jewelry Throughout the Ages

Over the millennia, jewelry designs and materials have progressed in step with the advances of civilization Jewelry design advanced during the Stone Age to the Bronze age and again during the Iron Age through the Industrial Revolution, only to revert back to very basic forms in design and materials. Even before the age of reason, men and women both adorned themselves with handmade jewelry. Simple necklaces and bracelets made of flowers, woven grasses, shells and stones were created to decorate early humans. National Geographic recently reports that early man started wearing jewelry as far back as 75,000 years ago (almost 30,000 earlier that formerly thought).

Machine made jewelry allows today’s manufacturer the opportunity to continuously produce uniform quality jewelry designs while keeping jewelry affordable than most hand-casting and fabricating processes allows. Casting machines now quickly process into uniform molds such components as metals, plastics, and resins, allowing even intricate jewelry designs to be produced with speed and uniformity for the majority of jewelry manufacturers. Mechanical punch presses and forges, likewise, are also commonly utilized in the jewelry manufacturing industry today, to help ensure the manufacture of a consistent, highly profitable product.

Chased Anticlastic Handcrafted Copper Cuff
Chased Anticlastic Handcrafted Copper Cuff

Over the last decade, handmade jewelry has become quite sought after. The jewelry industry has seen a resurgence of demand for handmade contemporary jewelry due to a great perceived value of being unique and one-of-a-kind. With this renewed demand, jewelry artisans the world over are enjoying improved sales and recognition for their talents and skills. Many specialty galleries — and even major department stores — now feature an increasing array of handmade jewelry. Thanks to the web, many jewelry designers are now able to sell their unique handmade designs to a clientele around the world.

Handmade jewelry is crafted by hands, instead of mechanically made with machines. To most purest, this definition goes further to mean that the total process is done by hand. The consumer should remember that handmade and hand-assembled are unrelated and can be used deceptively by many jewelry designers and manufacturers to label jewelry as handmade, which in fact is hand-assembled. Attaching machine made components to one another by hand does not make the piece handmade. Utilizing a wide variety of techniques to create desired forms and shapes, handmade jewelry designers use metalsmithing skills like forging and fabrication along with a variety of simple tools. In handmade jewelry you can often observe each item’s uniqueness, its dissimilarity from similar pieces. Individuality, culture, and meaning are clearly evident in handmade objects. Handmade jewelry techniques require considerable concentration, time, skill, creativity, and dedication. This is clearly evident in a finished piece of handmade jewelry, making artisan designed jewelry a clear stand-out from most cookie cutter mass produced jewelry.

Hand-made Anticlastic Aluminum Cuff with Faceted Blue Quartz Gemstone
Hand-made Anticlastic Aluminum Cuff with Faceted Blue Quartz Gemstone

Machine-made jewelry typically looks more rigid and uniform. Solder joints are usually done by arc or laser welders and frequently less durable than hand-soldered joints. Although there are some imperfections to handmade jewelry, this does not mean that handmade jewelry is inferior to manufactured. High quality handmade jewelry will last a lifetime. You might find this sup rising, but more often than not, manufactured jewelry has a higher probability of breaking as compared to handmade. Much of the mass-produced jewelry sold today as “handmade” may indeed be handmade, for example in department stores, but that does not necessarily mean it is of the highest quality. Mass-production facilities typically require artisans to meet efficiency quotas that result in poorly made jewelry, made with cheaper materials — even if it is technically made by hand. Over the long run, you would be much better off in terms of wear ability if you selected non-mass produced jewelry, or jewelry that wasn’t made in huge production runs. Quality jewelry that is handmade will not only have the artisan’s mark, but also have the reputation and guarantee attached to the finished piece. The careful observer will always be able to appreciate the uniqueness and quality of a handmade piece of jewelry. With handmade artisan jewelry, quality and uniqueness are typically are apparent to even the most casual observer.

Handmade jewelry gives the pleasure of unique, often rare designs, that are not-identical, typically made by a true artist, with great love and passion. Jewelry is an art form. This strength of feeling comes across in the design process, and in the finished jewelry itself. Mass-produced items simply have less soul. Hand-crafted jewelry also better represents the wearer’s individual touch and style, articulating individuality and interest. If you buy mass-produced, your “look” will look mass-produced! Mass-produced jewelry can indeed be less expensive to purchase, as it is surely less costly to make, but it is not invariably less expensive to purchase. Regardless, mass-produced jewelry usually brings with it no special meaning or history — no story, no life. When you wear beautiful handmade jewelry, it is a pleasure to be able to explain to admirers the actual story or history behind what you are wearing, or information about the artist, which is often possible with handmade jewelry bought from individual artisans or their representative galleries. Above all, it is simply a joy to wear jewelry that someone has personally and lovingly created by hand.

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