This is a question I get all the time! 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?
Well–let’s take a look. This Dryhead Agate piece
is handmade from start to finish. The stone was mined in the Western USA. 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. 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.
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. It is a connection that you cannot 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.