Handmade jewelry is attractive and unique, and there are a lot of people out there who are looking to add it to their collections as time goes on. But, as with any sort of handmade item, there are often a lot of questions associated with it.
That being said, there are a lot of unique and exciting things to learn about handmade jewelry, no matter how many times that you’ve purchased it. Here is a quick look at 3 things that you (likely) didn’t know about today’s handmade jewelry options.
1. Handmade Truly Means Handmade
Many people (wrongly) assume that, because of all of the technology we have nowadays, you can’t find jewelry that is truly handcrafted. That’s completely incorrect! From handmade engagement rings to handmade bracelets, you can still find crafters who do every part of the process with their own two hands. No mass production, no machinery, just old-fashioned hard work. It takes longer, sure, but the result is something unique that you can’t find anywhere else – and that’s worth any additional wait or cost that may come into it.
2. Many Jewelry Makers Are Committed to Sustainable Practices
In a world where we are dealing with a lot of waste, it’s important to connect with companies and individuals who are doing the hard work of sustainable practices. Many independent jewelry makers that handcraft their items often only work with others who have the same sort of mindset that they do.
Some jewelry makers will actually use recycled materials as a part of their process. Others will only get ethically farmed or harvested materials so that they can feel good about offering their products to the public. And, the best part? Most of these jewelry makers are upfront about their commitment to these ethical practices, so they make it really easy for you to find them!
3. Buying Local Jewelry Benefits Everyone
You’ve probably heard all of the excitement and such around “buying local,” especially with the Small Business Saturday movement (it occurs the day after Black Friday). Thus, it’s not surprising that buying local jewelry (or, at least, jewelry that comes from small online businesses) is becoming much more popular. Not only is it good in terms of sustainability (as previously mentioned), but it’s also fantastic for the economy in general. It gives local economies the boost they need to do well because those local jewelry makers are able to go and patronize their local businesses. It’s cyclical and it does a lot of good for everyone when all is said and done.
Explore your local and online options and see what you can accomplish by connecting with any sort of jewelry maker that you can find. More often than not, you will be incredibly happy with the results and you will end up with a piece of jewelry that looks amazing and that is unique to you and/or the person that you give it to. Isn’t that well worth the extra cost and time that goes into the processes?
Join the discussion on this topic with When Parents Text by visiting our contact page.