Contemporary Handmade Jewelry

Anticlastic Copper Bark Bangle
Anticlastic Copper Bark Bangle

Hunting for contemporary handmade jewelry can be challenging without the proper forethought and planning. There’ re a a handful of considerations you need to take into account before you commence going shopping for that distinctive gift. Foremost, you should certainly think about what their tastes are like when it comes down to style and jewelry. One of the best ways to ensure that your gift of hand-made jewelry is going to be well received is to first verify if it fits within the recipients personal preferences. You can find nothing more embarrassing than giving a present of hand crafted yellow gold jewelry to someone that consistently wears only white gold, silver or platinum jewelry. An example would be if the recipient has a good number of silver earrings, you may want to try getting them a silver necklace or silver cocktail ring to add a little spice to their jewelry collection. You can definitely find some exceptionally designed handmade silver rings or handcrafted copper jewelry by many jewelry designers.

Telling the Difference Between Truly Handmade Jewelry and Manufactured Jewelry

Handmade jewelry is typically not identical to other pieces of the same design or collection. It is very rare to find an identical matching set of earrings. If the piece has been hammered or a texture is present, usually there are slight variations that the eye can pick up. This isn’t so with manufactured jewelry. Even an untrained eye can spot differences in patterning or decoration made by hand-chasing or hammering. This is what makes handmade jewelry unique. Start by looking at how the piece is constructed. Look at the components, findings, prongs, earwires.

Aluminum Bark Cuff
Aluminum Bark Cuff

Some handmade, traditional-style jewelry appears less perfect than machine-made jewelry, although high quality handmade jewelry should nonetheless be made to last, and this should be apparent in the details. 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. Most jewelry manufacturers that specialize in mass-produced jewelry usually run on a piecemeal or quota based system, incentivising higher output, usually resulting in lower quality. The more you make, the more you get paid or you get to keep your job. Look for handmade jewelry that is not mass-produced — not available in large quantities. 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. Fortunately, quality and uniqueness are typically apparent to the careful observer.

A significant advantage of wearing hand-crafted jewelry is that it was created by a craftsperson that loves what they’re doing and is enthusiastic about their work. No two designs are alike, which makes wearing something one-of-a-kind a great deal more enjoyable. Crafting well made and designed jewelry is an art form. This uniqueness is evident in not only the design process, but also in the finished piece. Mass-produced items simply have less soul. Hand-made jewelry also better displays the wearer’s individual touch and style, expressing individuality and interest. If you buy mass-produced, your “look” will appear mass-produced! Mass-produced jewelry can indeed be less expensive to purchase, as it’s surely less costly to make, but it’s not necessarily less expensive to purchase. Simply put, mass-produced is just that…cookie cutter soulless jewelry with no special meaning, no story to tell, no life. When’s the last time you told a story about that one pair of earrings you bought from your favorite department store ( you know, the one’s picked from twenty identical pairs)? Probably never. With handmade jewelry, it’s a pleasure to be able to tell admirers the story behind what you are wearing. Most importantly, to be able to wear jewelry that was created with lovingly care is simply a joy.

Handmade Jewelry Through the Ages

Over the millennia, jewelry designs and materials have evolved in step with the improvements of civilization Jewelry design improved during the Stone Age to the Bronze age and again during the Iron Age through the Industrial Revolution, only to revert back to very simple forms in design and materials. Even before the age of reason, men and women both adorned themselves with handmade jewelry. Some of the earliest styles of jewelry employed to beautify our bodies were made from flowers, shells, stones and grasses.

Just about all of today’s jewelry is manufactured. Machine produced jewelry is definitely more economical, not simply for the consumer, but also for the manufacturer. Casting machines now quickly process into uniform molds such components as metals, plastics, and resins, allowing even complex jewelry designs to be produced with speed and consistency for the majority of [city] jewelry manufacturers. Mechanical punch presses and forges, likewise, are also commonly used in the jewelry manufacturing industry today, to help ensure the production of a consistent, highly profitable product.

Hammered Nu Gold Tear Drop Earrings
Hammered Nu Gold Tear Drop Earrings

Over the last decade, handmade jewelry has become quite sought after. The jewelry industry has seen a resurgence of demand for handmade 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. it is not uncommon these days to see your favorite major department store or art gallery devote retail space to designer handmade jewelry. With the advent and spread of the Internet as a sales tool worldwide, many international jewelry artisans, even located in remote regions, are also enjoying the benefits of direct sales to distant customers.

I’m sure you know that it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyways…. always choosing quality over quantity when it comes to your handmade jewelry purchases, especially it this is a gift. If you are comparison shopping, don’t get suckered in to thinking a larger piece is a better value if the quality isn’t equal to smaller sized jewelry that is better made. Always go for quality! Speaking of price, those on a budget simply need to remember that good handmade jewelry is not always expensive. Remember that in the end, like many things in life, quality usually wins out, and this is especially true with handmade jewelry.

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