There are many who conjure up thoughts of macaroni necklaces when they think of handmade jewelry, but styles, techniques, and concepts have evolved quite a bit since the kindergarten days. Handmade jewelry is sought after and desired by fans and fashionistas across the globe. Rather than opt to buy a loved one a piece of jewelry this Christmas from the shelves of a nationally recognized store, there are several reasons why buying handmade is the way to go.
You get high-quality over mass-produced
Much of the jewelry you find in stores is typically mass-produced, which means cheap materials thrown together by someone with little-to-no care or skill in the process. Those who make handmade jewelry usually opt for high-quality materials, and spend a significant amount of time carefully putting together each piece until it becomes a wearable work of art.
The item is made with a certain je ne sais quoi
The artisan doesn’t attach a hook here or a bead there and call it a day. Each piece of jewelry is put together with artistry, with each component carefully put into place and inspected before it’s sent off to the recipient. Handmade jewelry isn’t slapped together out of boredom; each piece is a labor of love.
The items are unique
If everyone wore the same things, the world would be pretty boring. It’s the unique and special pieces that cause excitement, and the same goes for a recipient who is receiving a piece of handmade jewelry. People like knowing they’re not wearing the same necklace whose design is also clasped around the necks of 2 out of 4 of their neighbors.
The jewelry is a conversation piece
Sure, someone may compliment a mass-produced piece of jewelry, but jewelry that is handmade is a true conversation starter. The jewelry has a style, quality, and design that’s easily recognizable even from across a room. It’s hard to ignore, and one little necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings can quickly turn a bland conversation into one fueled with a passion for the arts and an adoration for the gift giver for having such fabulous taste.
The money goes directly to the artisan
When an item is mass-produced, it’s incredible how many people are paid before the artisan sees any of the cash, if they even see any additional money at all past the initial upfront payment. When you buy handmade, you’re putting cash into the pockets (and food on the table) of someone who works hard to make sure you look good and love what you’re wearing.
There’s a human rights aspect
No one wants to hand a loved one jewelry at Christmas with a note attached that says, “This was made with effort by children making five cents an hour in sweat shops halfway across the globe.” However, a note attached that reads “Handmade with love by a local artisan” ensures that you know where the jewelry is coming from and who made it as well as the fact that you’re not supporting the mistreatment of others for fashion purposes.
You can customize the creation
Many artisans will allow you to customize the handmade jewelry while buying a mass-produced item means you likely won’t be able to. Whether you want to choose specific color stones or have a name engraved on the back of the gift, Christmas is about to be a whole lot more special and personalized this year.
And lastly, one of the most important reasons…
You don’t have to deal with a mall
Have you been to the mall during Christmas time? It’s enough of a reason to buy handmade jewelry right from your own computer while you’re sitting at home on the couch in your pajamas.
Above all, giving handmade jewelry to a loved one at Christmas means you put time and effort into getting a gift for someone while choosing something that’s specifically tailored to their preferences. Homemade jewelry is wonderful, but it’s the thought and consideration behind it that means more than anything else.