Handmade jewellery seemed to have faded away in the past few years, with machine made ornaments taking over the entire industry. However, lately people are waking up to the unusual jewellery that is crafted by artisans who work with their hands. A jewellery shop without a handmade section seems almost incomplete and more and more red carpet jewellery is turning out to be hand crafted. In fact, the appeal of such ornaments is so extensive that most people are choosing it for special occasions rather than picking out machine made ornaments.
While gold and platinum is a hot favourite when it comes to handmade jewellery, silver is still mostly being crafted by machines. This is also because silver jewellery is cost effective and moulding it by hand does add to the cost of production. Over and above the uniqueness of hand crafted ornaments, their many advantages also attract buyers and investors equally towards these pieces of fine jewellery.
The advantages of handmade jewellery are several. It is a fact that in case of damage, jewellery crafted by artisans can be fixed at much lower costs as opposed to machine made jewellery. In the case of the latter, it usually means melting the entire piece and starting from scratch again. In the case of handmade ornaments, the artisan simply needs to fix the fault without having to bother with the rest of the piece.
One also has the option of re-designing the ornament into another pattern at very low cost when it comes to handmade jewellery. Machine made ornaments cannot be re-designed with as much ease and the cost of recycling goes up so high that one might as well simply buy another piece rather than change the design of the present one.
Another huge advantage of handmade ornaments is that they allow for the artisans own creativity. The finesse and the style of the ornament, reflects the standard of the artisans expertise and so each artisan tries to create unusual jewellery that is pleasing and attractive. There is no personal pride in machine made jewellery and this is that reason why mostly these pieces are quite literally, run of the mill.
When purchasing handmade jewellery from a jewellery shop, keep in mind that one should exercise the same caution as when buying machine made jewellery. Mostly the purity of the metal will be crafted on the jewellery item itself, but one must seek a certificate of authentication too. Make sure you do not ignore the stones that have been incorporated into the design and seek a carat and weight certificate for them too. Do inquire about how much you are paying as labour charges and carefully consider if the ornament is worth it.
There is no doubt about the fact that an ornament made by hand is much more alluring as opposed to one that has come out of a machine. The personal touch that the artisan lends to these ornaments cannot be replicated by even the most sophisticated of machines. It comes as no surprise then that more and more buyers today prefer to purchase handmade jewellery, rather than simply buying another ornament that is machine made.