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Why Buy Handmade Jewelry?
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Women are multi-faceted and unique. And jewelry is intensely personal. It's much more than an accessory. It's an expression of your personality and feelings.

Handmade Jewelry is Unique

Handcrafted jewelry is the most beautiful, artistic and unique jewelry in the world and is one of the best ways to express yourself and celebrate your individuality. Handmade jewelry has personality. It's carefully designed and assembled by hand, expressing the creativity and artistry of the designer.

When you buy mass-produced jewelry, you're buying something readily available that millions of other women have.

Artisan handmade jewelry pieces are often one of a kind so you have opportunities to own custom handcrafted jewelry that no one else will ever have! And even if it's not specifically labelled one of a kind, the chances of finding someone with the same beaded jewelry are very slim. We often joke that you could give 10 jewelry designers the same pile of beads and supplies and they will come up with 10 totally different designs!

Handmade Jewelry is Completely Customizable

Most designers are happy to do custom work. Have an outfit that you’d like jewelry designed to match? We can do that! Special occasion coming that you want to turn heads at? We can make it happen! One of the amazing things about handmade jewelry is that the possibilities are endless!

We can make earrings, necklaces and bracelets whatever length you want, in whatever style you want. We can change earrings from posts to leverbacks or from leverbacks to clip-ons. We can add extender chains, safety chains, or completely change clasp styles for you...maybe to an easier magnetic clasp.

You can take advantage of our creativity and have us make something with beads you've made yourself or purchased while traveling. We can make coordinating pieces to match jewelry you purchased elsewhere. I've even been asked to redesign pieces that customers bought from someone else!

You can also work with a jewelry designer and participate in the design process selecting the colors, materials, styles, and sizes of your jewelry; creating it exactly the way you want it to be. How exciting is that?!?

Handmade Jewelry Offers Quality Assurance

Mass-produced jewelry is usually made in factories in Third World Countries with poor working conditions and rampant violations of labor laws and safety codes. And you have no way of knowing what kinds of materials it was really made with.

Artisan pieces are priceless. Each piece is lovingly crafted by hand with skill and passion. If properly cared for, you can love, wear and enjoy them for years and pass them down from generation to generation.

And you know exactly what you're getting. Handmade jewelry designers make a point to tell you about the components of their jewelry...what kinds of metals were used, what the beads are made of, what glass artist made the lampwork beads, etc. And if there's a story behind the piece, we'll tell you that, too!

Handmade Jewelry Makes a Special Gift

Handmade jewelry is the perfect way to commemorate a holiday or other special occasion with unique gifts for family and friends. When you select a handmade gift for someone, the extra thought you put into it shines through and makes the gift truly special. And the Personalized designs offered by many artisans can make your gift even more meaningful.

Handmade Artisans Offer Personalized Customer Service

Artisan jewelry designers want happy customers! We take pride in our work and want you to be satisfied with your jewelry and your shopping experience. We want your future business and hope that you will refer us to your family and friends and we understand that to earn that privilege we need to make you happy first.

We're also known for forming one-on-one relationships with our customers and offering very personalized service. By getting to know you, we can learn about your personality and style and that allows us to create jewelry that you will be delighted with. Imagine having your own personal "go to" designer to make matching jewelry for you any time you get a new outfit! You won't get that from a jewelry chain store!

Buying Handmade Helps Our Economy

When you buy from individual designers, artists and other craftspeople, you're supporting small businesses. You're supporting the business of the individual designer AND all the businesses...usually small businesses...that they do business with. And growing these small businesses is what will get our economy back on track and be instrumental in keeping it there!

Buying Handmade Makes Holiday Shopping Easier

I mentioned earlier why handmade items make incredibly special gifts. I'd also like to point out that they're easier to give! There is plenty to choose from and the added option to custom order makes it quick and convenient to get exactly what you want. And, as an added bonus, you can avoid the traffic, stress and chaos of the malls (especially around the holidays) by purchasing handmade gifts and having them delivered straight to your door! Now that's a win-win!!

There are Lots of Handmade Treasures to Choose From

I focused on handmade jewelry in this article because that's what I do. But there are all kinds of high-quality handmade items that you can buy for yourself or give as gifts. Shop on designers' websites, browse online at places like ArtFire.com or go to craft shows in your area and you're sure to find a huge selection of choices for everyone on your list...jewelry and other beaded gifts, handbags and purses, bath and beauty items, jams and jellies, candles, paintings, photography, stained glass, painted glassware, glass sculptures, handbound books and journals, treats and other items for pets, ceramics and pottery, leather crafts, metal crafts, woodworking and even handmade cards to top off your presentation!

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What do you think are the best handmade gifts to give or receive? Share your ideas! Do you have a story about a particularly special handmade gift that you've received or given to someone else? You can share that with us, too!

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