Why is Handmade Jewelry So Expensive?

If I can go to the “Department” Store, I can get a piece of nice jewelry for half the price!  Why should I buy something handmade? Poppy Jasper Necklace This is a question that can drive an artist to depression, but maybe it is a matter of changing perception!  So why buy handcrafted or handmade jewelry?

floral plume agateLet’s take a look.  This Floral Plume Agate piece is handmade from start to finish.  The stone was mined in the Turkey.  A miner sold the rough stone to a lapidary artist, who made it into a beautiful cabochon, finding the best part of the stone and creating this beauty.  I come along and purchased this stone from him, and I “dressed” it up using sterling silver.  The silver is purchased, then it is formed using techniques such as rolling, stamping, soldering, shaping and forming.

The silver is designed around this individual stone.  It is a one of a kind stone–not mass produced, and you cannot find the exact shape, color or design of this stone.  Therefore, the silver around it is also unique.  Your jewelry is NOT worn by anyone else.  Opal Ring

At the department store, the jewelry is designed by a jeweler, then most often sent overseas to be created, with stones that are mass produced, and the silver is molded by machine into a form, then filed, sanded and polished by skilled laborers.  No one cares about the jewelry they are making. And they are not making it for “you” a particular customer.

Silver Lace Jasper Necklace
When you purchase something handmade from start to finish, and it is something you like, it is something you can have that came from the soul of the artist.

Rhodochrosite Dangle earrings
It is a connection that youcannot get from a mass produced item.  In the case of my stone jewelry, it is the soul of 2 artists–the one who created the stone, and the one who created the silver dressing around the stone.

What is that worth it to you?

Bridewell stone Necklace

Lynne Patnode is a jewelry artist whose main focus is to bring jewelry from nature to you.  She selects beautiful stone cabochons and sets them into sterling silver, focusing on bringing nature’s beauty into a wearable art jewelry form.  She also uses other materials such as glass, shells, and lab created stones and uses them for nature inspired theme jewelry.  All of her jewelry is handcrafted in her Connecticut art studio, and all pieces are one of a kind.  You can shop for her jewelry in her Etsy Shop.  You can also follow her latest news by liking her SilverSpiral Creations Facebook Page.  Find her on Instagram @SilverSpiral1, and Twitter @SilverSpiral1

SilverSpiral Creations Give Away!

Tiger Iron Pendant in Sterling SilverSo it is time for our monthly jewelry giveaway!  I do this to let you all know about the work that I do here, and in hopes that you will spread the word.

Can you help me with this?  So in order to be entered into this contest, you need to guess a number from 1-3000.  Enter your guess in the comments below–and if you share the post, enter your second guess. The closest person to guess the randomly drawn number without going over will win this beautiful Handcrafted Tiger Iron Pendant!  Tiger Iron Pendant in Sterling SilverThis Contest will end on Thursday March 23rd at 6PM EDT.  Share this post, and you can have a second guess!  Good Luck!

SilverSpiral Creations is a small artisan business, and as part of my online presence, I really need to build my audience. Please consider sharing this post with your friends!

The Price of Jewelry and the Presidential Election

Rainbow Drusy PendantWow–Just–  Wait, What?  Jewelry? The Election?

You are likely wondering what  the price of jewelry has to do with the Presidential Election.  We had an historic election just happen, and the winner ended up being a surprise to many of us, including Wall Street.  The uncertainty of this candidate winning has caused a world-wide reaction that was swift and a little chaotic.  

As we watch the stock markets fall around the world this morning, we are already finding that investors will put their money into “safer” areas–and metals are one of those areas.  So if you think about it, these metals are the very ones we use in our jewelry. When the market tumbles, investors often purchase gold, silver and platinum, and metal prices shoot up.  This DIRECTLY influences the price of  Jewelry, and quickly!

A few years back, I remember when silver went up to nearly $50.00 an ounce and gold at $1900 an ounce, and  jewelers abandoned these precious metals for cheaper metals such as copper and brass (me included).  Jewelry became way more expensive, and people were selling their old gold and silver for cash.  Jewelers were feeling the pinch from both sides, purchasing more expensive supplies, and having to try to sell more pricey jewelry during a recession.

While today’s silver price is still fairly low, (approximately $19), it has shot up by 45 cents within the first hour after the stock market opened today, this first day after the election upset.  Will this uncertainty carry on for awhile?  Will we continue to see these stocks free-fall?

I am hoping this is a short term increase, and that metal prices will remain somewhat stable.  As an Art Jeweler, silver directly effects me in the pocket-book with up-front costs, and with having to increase the price to cover these costs, sometimes means fewer pieces get sold.

Let’s try not to buy into the uncertainty and chaos.  Let’s all settle down, keep our hearts and minds open, and live life, no matter who you voted for.  It’s all we can do for our own economy, and most of all–our own well-being….Petersite Pendant Jewelry

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Lynne Patnode is a jewelry artist whose mission is to create beautiful jewelry from Nature’s Beauty.  To see what is available for sale, please visit her Etsy Shop

Follow Up to This Post about Metal Prices…

Stock silver pricesIt is later in the day, and the Stock Market has already stabilized–so the price of silver and gold is still pretty good—phew!  For now, anyway.  But I still think the jewelry economics lesson was worthwhile–helps all of understand the volatility of the metals market and it’s direct effect on you.


Carnelian, An Amazing Stone for Autumn Jewelry

I love carnelian!  I love the brilliant orange shades, the shiny crystal, and the pure color.  They make a piece of jewelry “pop”!

Carnelian RingCarnelian Stones are not only a beautiful bright orange form of Chalcedony, they are known for their healing properties!  Carnelian is known to stimulate creativity, and to help with personal success. Carnelian helps with negativity, and assists with concentration.  It is also believed to  help rid yourself of angry emotion.  Wearing Carnelian might even help with relief of joint pain and stiffness!

Carnelian Half Moon Earrings Jewelry

While I cannot substantiate any of these claims,  isn’t it just fun to think that there are healing properties of crystals and stones?  And if we DO get health benefits–then that is icing on the cake!



Maple Leaf Chalcedony Pendant in Sterling Silver

If you would like to know more about this amazing stone check out this information from Charms of Light

To See these pieces of jewelry and others in my collection, please check out  My Shop Here

Please let me know what you think of Carnelian!  I would love to know!