Handmade jewelry is enjoying a rise in popularity. From delicate earrings to bold pendants, the range of styles and materials offers up a dazzling rainbow of wearable art. In addition to being beautiful, there are several reasons why unique handmade jewelry is better:
Handmade jewelry is one-of-a-kind – Just as we are all individuals, so is handmade jewelry. Why settle for the exact same thing hundreds if not thousands of other people have when you can have a gorgeous piece of jewelry just as unique and special as you are? With handmade jewelry, even the same design with the same materials will result in a different finished product each time, guaranteeing that no two pieces are exactly alike.
Handmade jewelry has a connection to the artisan – Sure mass-produced jewelry is pretty, but do you feel any kind of human connection with whoever (or whatever) made it? Handmade jewelry is extremely personal both for the person wearing it and the person who made it. Love and care and self-expression are poured into each piece, and that intangible shines through. Being able to put a name and face with the artisan who crafted your jewelry elevates a fashion accessory to a piece of art.
Handmade jewelry supports small business – When you buy handmade jewelry, not only are you supporting the artisan who made it but also all the vendors and small businesses the artisan does business with. In this way, your purchase of handmade jewelry is helping support the economy and small business.
Handmade jewelry is affordable – Quality, mass-produced jewelry will generally set you back hundreds of dollars. Quality, handmade jewelry can often be purchased for under a hundred dollars. Handmade jewelry artisans don’t have the same overhead costs and therefore don’t need to cover those costs by charging higher prices.
Handmade jewelry is environmentally friendly – From start to finish, the process of making handmade jewelry makes much less of an impact on the environment than mass-produced jewelry. Artisan jewelry makers create on a smaller scale and as a result use fewer resources and create less pollution. Many artisans use less or greener packing material than large retailers.
There is also much less waste created as materials used for jewelry making can be repurposed and recycled into other pieces. Jewelry isn’t just decorative; it’s an expression of who we are. What do you want your jewelry to say about you?