With the advancements taking place in various fields, finding things that are handmade is no less than bliss. Jewelry made by hand is one such thing. It has a history or a story that is attached to it whereas in machine made jewelry, the manufacturer has no personal sentiment associated with the jewelry made by him. There is a consistent repetition of designs that is produced with profit being the ulterior motive. Next time you find yourself at the jewelry section at the mall, just think that there are plentiful of this exact same piece in some warehouse that is waiting for to hang there for others to buy once you buy that one piece.
Do you really want to see yourself wearing that same piece that the millions of people are already wearing or are waiting to wear? Every single piece is identical, every design is repetitive and looks perfect that it will make you almost hate it. Jewelry made by hand has that rawness about it. Though the products are similar, there is still some variation. They are perfect because every artist that makes that piece has put in a certain amount of time, skill and creativity in creating a single piece. He does not create it because he has to complete certain number of targets for some big brand but because he is dedicated towards it. The precision requires concentration and patience. Craftsmanship and detailing is their hallmark.
Where can you find it?
Jewelry made by hand is everywhere. They can be found in art and craft shows or are all over the internet. But what I feel is that, exhibitions are the best place to buy this kind of jewelry because building the foundation is necessary. Talk to them and know them as an artist. Know their story and what inspired them.
Is it value for money?
Absolutely it is value for money. When you pay for handmade jewelry, you pay for the craftsmanship only. But when you pay for machine made jewelry, you pay for a lot of other expenses as well. Expenses like the store’s rent, the employees working there, and the brand’s profit. Isn’t it better to pay the artist who has given all his time and love in making that piece solely for you? That particular design belongs to you. Handmade jewelry reflects the wearer’s taste and personal touch.
It has that charm about it that machine made jewelry can never have. Gift jewelry by hand to someone and they will always remember you. They have the power to make you feel loved and thought for. When jewelry is produced in bulk, people who wear it look like they do not believe in expressing themselves. They are okay with the idea of millions of people wearing the same piece what they are wearing. Handmade jewelry is an artwork. Every piece speaks a story. So go ahead and express your individuality and wear only exclusive pieces of jewelry that reflects your taste and your personality.