Buying handmade jewellery can be a great way to find unique and high-quality pieces that are not mass produced. Your handmade jewellery will be made by skilled artisan who takes pride in their craft, and each piece will be created with care and attention to detail.
Jewellery: Bottlebee | Photo: Ian Hippolyte
Here are some tips for buying handmade jewelry:
Reputable sellers: When buying handmade jewellery online or in-person, be sure to look for reputable sellers who have positive reviews and a track record of producing high-quality pieces. Check out their social media to see how they engage with followers.
Materials: Handmade jewellery can be made from a variety of materials, including precious metals, gemstones, beads, and more. Consider the materials used in the piece and make sure they are of high quality and appropriate for your needs. If you are buying a piece from the UK, check the hallmarking rules and that anything above the legal weight has a hallmark from one of the 4 UK Assay Offices (London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh)
Quality: Handmade jewellery should be well made and durable. Check for quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, such as clean soldering, secure clasps, and smooth finishes.
Customisation & Commissions: Most jewellery makers will customise a piece to suit your specific needs, preference and size (style dependant). Ask about commissions if you want wear a piece of jewellery that is truly unique.
Support local artisans: Consider buying handmade jewellery from local artisans or small businesses. This can help support the local economy and ensure that you are getting a truly one-of-a-kind piece, rather than a mass produced one which lots of other people will have.
In summary, buying handmade jewellery can be a great way to find unique and individual pieces that are made with care and attention to detail. By considering a reputable seller, the materials they use, quality, customisation options, and supporting local artisans, you will find a piece of handmade jewellery that is perfect unique to you which can be handed down through generations.