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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Handmade Jewelry

November 13, 2014

Handmade jewelry has been all the rage lately. The personal attention and love that makers and artisans infuse into their work is evident in the masterpieces that they create. What most people don’t understand is why handmade jewelry is more of an investment than its mass produced counterparts. There are many reasons why handmade jewelry is more of an investment than pieces that are mass produced, so I thought I would break it down for you!  Below are 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Handmade Jewelry.

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1. No Mass Production Machinery Involved: By definition, handmade jewelry is literally just that, made by the “hands” of the artisan or maker.  The pieces are soldered, sawed, carved and shaped without the use of mass produced manufacturing machinery. A machine can crank out hundreds of units per hour while an individual can only make a finite quantity or fraction of the number of pieces in the same amount of time.

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2. The Value of Time: As previously mentioned, since there are no machines involved, handmade jewelry takes an incredible amount of time to produce just a single piece. As a designer myself, I know I often spend hours designing a single piece of jewelry for a client. The time to make the piece often can take weeks.

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3. The Maker’s Process: The maker has a very intimate relationship with each piece or design they create. The design process is key to the value that is inherent in each piece. Emilie Shapiro talks about her process and says, “While creating jewelry, there is a very intimate relationship with my work. I know every curve and line (is) put there with intention. As a maker your energy goes into the piece.”

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4. Materials: In almost every case, the value of the materials involved in a handmade piece are of stellar quality. It’s difficult to regulate or even know exactly what alloys are used in mass produced factories where dirty metals are blended together to create costume pieces. Handmade materials are generally sourced from highly reputable suppliers.

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5. Sustainability: Jewelry Makers are often dedicated to sustainability and ethically sourced materials. By nature, being ethical can be much more costly than taking the easy route and purchasing from the refiner or dealer with low prices and shady sourcing. Once again, Emilie Shapiro always uses the highest quality materials sourced from suppliers who share her ethos about sustainability whenever possible. Smaller scale production is almost always higher quality.

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6. Quality: Smaller scale production is almost always higher quality because the ability to track and control the process from start to finish is inherent in the making process. Makers and artisans are extremely proud of the work they produce. They aren’t going to let something of inferior quality leave their studio with their name on it.

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7. Locally Made with Love: There is a lot of buzz with “buying local” these days. Reducing your carbon footprint and supporting local artisans is good for the environment and good for everyone. Artisans and makers infuse love and energy into each piece of work. There is HUGE value in supporting local from a sustainability and energetic standpoint. Along with the extra value inherent in handmade jewelry you are also buying a truly one-of-a-kind product. Even if the handmade piece is part of an edition – no maker creates two pieces that are exactly identical. You are the only person with that specific piece of jewelry which says a lot.

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The next time you consider purchasing a handmade piece of jewelry, remember that even though the piece may be an investment, you are supporting something even bigger. You should feel really good about your purchase knowing that you have a special piece of the artist in your jewelry collection.

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110 Comments

  • Reply Gabor Molnar December 18, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Dear Jane, of course casting is hand made if for example casted by your self. We are buying raeady made plates and threads to, not so many of us diging for metal in minerals…

  • Reply Suzie Wignall December 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    As a potter, making my art is a personal process. I am so happy when someone buys one of my pieces and enjoys it. My dad used to say he made 5 cents an hour on handmade furniture and cabinets. Do art because you love it.

  • Reply Janet Fleeman February 3, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Do you have a catalogue?? Very interested!!

  • Reply Lynda April 29, 2016 at 10:02 am

    This was an exceptional post! It’s very hard to make customers understand the process and time spent on just one piece and sourcing materials can take just as long. I hope you don’t mind if I share this.

    • Reply Marisa April 29, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Hello, Lynda!
      We’re flattered that you want to share our post. By all means, please do.
      Thanks!

  • Reply Handmade Jewelry August 23, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Excellent post!! Thank you so much for sharing this article. I love handmade jewelry. They are so unique and beautiful. For attractive beaded jewelries and handicraft checkout – https://gosouvenirsafrica.com/

  • Reply Cherie Stover September 13, 2016 at 12:55 am

    I also make Homemade Jewelry, tho I have yet to make a website, its in the works. I am so happy I ran across this post, when I get my website upand running I would love to link back to it and do some excerpts, all with your permission of course. I will inform you when I am ready to post your content. Such a wonderful article!!

    • Reply Emily G. September 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks for reading, Cherie! We’re glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

      -Emily

  • Reply farnaz October 6, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Interesting blog, Thanks for sharing such a interesting information who much time efforts are required to make a beautiful jewelry.

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