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Top Ten Reasons to Buy Handmade Designer Jewelry

carnelian cuff (large view)                 Sterling Silver Cuff with Carnelian. Jeweler - Craig Bowlby
 

 1) I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to see myself coming and going. Department store jewelry tends to be mass produced and designed toward the trend of the moment. Celebrate your own style, not the style of the masses.

2) Workmanship is evident, and handcrafted jewelry can last forever. I prefer to own fewer good pieces that I love, quality trumps quantity in my book.

 Chain made sterling silver filigree pendant and chain necklace. Center stone is an emerald cut ametrine, and the purple princess cut stones are amethysts, suspended from a hand crocheted sterling silver chain. Jeweler - Graig Bowlby.

 

3) Your handmade jewelry will become a conversation piece. Whenever I wear handcrafted jewelry, people ask about it, I get to share the artisan’s story and it feels good to promote these talented jewelers.

4) It makes more sense for jewelry artisans to promote their work at juried art shows, and on a site like Jewelspan. More profit goes to the artist, and not the big department store chains.

Copper and Resin Bracelet (large view)Hand embossed copper, custom tinted resin in emerald, blue and lavender, hand formed copper links, accented with complementary colored Swarovski crystals. Jeweler - Linda Searcy Jewelry Designs

 

5) Handmade jewelry is a piece of art, and retains its value as such. 

6) Purchasing artisan jewelry keeps money in the artists local economy. When you buy from a Jewelspan designer the monies go straight to the artisan. 

Artisan Glazed Porcelain Gemstone Earrings (large view)Handmade, hand fired glazed porcelain bead earrings. Jeweler - Cheldena Artwear
 
7) Artisan jewelry need not break the bank when purchased directly. Jewelry store markup varies widely between 100 and 500 percent. Artisans tend to keep their markups low, around 50%.

8) Artisan jewelers take pride in their work, and are known for forming one-on-one relationships with their customers. They work hard to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase and your shopping experience. 

 

Blue Pansy Cluster Ring (large view)
WaterLilly Ring. Fabricated sterling silver with 18 ct gold centre.
Jeweler - Ted Elyard Ellyardjewellery.com
 
 
9) Handmade jewelry makes a fantastic gift for any any occasion. By choosing something handmade the recipient  will know you spent the time to choose a meaningful present, and will think of you often while wearing the piece.

10) Great design and craftsmanship never goes out of style! 

 

 
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