Handicraft jewellery has been all the rage recently. The special attention and love that creators and artists fill into their work are evident in the masterpieces that they make. And most people don’t know the true worth of handmade jewellery compared to its mass-produced counterparts. There are many reasons why handmade jewellery is more of an investment than its mass-produced counterparts. Below are 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Handicraft Jewelry.
- No Mass Production Machinery Involved: By definition, handmade jewellery is literally just that, made by the “hands” of the artist or maker. The pieces are soldered, carved, sawed and shaped without the use of manufacturing machinery. A machine can crank out 100 of units per hour while an individual can only make a limited quantity.
- The Value of Time: As previously mentioned, since there are no technologies involved, it takes an unbelievable amount of time to produce only a single piece of handicraft jewellery. As a designer myself, I often spend hours designing a single piece of handmade jewellery for a client. The time to make the piece often can take several weeks.
- The Manufacturer’s Process: The designer has a very close relationship with each piece or design they make. The design method is key to the value that is inherent in each piece of jewellery. Emilie Shapiro discussions about her method and says, “While making jewellery, there is a very close relationship with my work. I know every curve and line is out there with a purpose. As a creator, your energy goes into the piece.
- Materials: In nearly every case, the materials involved in a handmade jewellery piece are of stellar value. It’s difficult to control or even know exactly what alloys are used in mass production factories where dirty metals are combined together to make costume pieces. Handmade things are generally sourced from highly reputable suppliers.
- Sustainability: Jewelry Designers are often dedicated to sustainability and ethically sourced things. By nature, being ethical can be much higher than taking the relaxed route and buying from the dealer with low costs and shady sourcing. Emilie Shapiro always uses the highest value materials sourced from dealers who share her ethos about sustainability whenever possible. A smaller scale of production is almost always higher value.
- Quality: Smaller scale production is almost always higher value because the capacity to track and control the process from start to finish is inherent in the creation process. Artisans and makers are very proud of the effort they make. They aren’t going to let something of lower quality leave their workplace with their name on it.
- Locally Made with Love: There is HUGE quality in supporting local from a sustainability standpoint. Reducing your carbon footmark and supporting local handicrafts worker is good for the environment and good for everyone. Makers and artisans fill love and energy into each piece of work and many creators use local materials, products and people to help produce their makings. Along with the extra price inherent in handmade jewellery. You are also purchasing a really single creation which helps to support communities.