The Perfectly Imperfect Piece

Long Bubble Drop Earrings by Sheri Beryl

There is something perfectly imperfect about a piece of handcrafted jewelry. It might not be exactly symmetrical or the finish might show slight flaws, but that is part of the allure. When purchasing a piece of handcrafted jewelry, you know you are getting something that has been lovingly thought about, planned, designed and made by a single individual. In the end, any imperfections are what makes each piece unique and a mini work of art. It looks different and feels different than a mass-produced item and makes the wearer feel different too, knowing their look is as individual as they are.

Typically most jewelry today is created by a team working from a sketch or a simple line drawing. Most is designed on the computer with a technician modeling the piece of jewelry using CAD programs that are preconfigured with libraries of thousands of parts that can be quickly configured together to build a piece. These CAD files are then printed and molded for mass production. This way of creating jewelry is not an art and it is not true design. This type of jewelry is typical of what you will find at most retailers and is hallmarked typically by a mass-produced uniformity to its look and feel.

Handcrafted jewelry, on the other hand, is just that – crafted by hand. The techniques used are as Whether it be creating a model in wax, beading, welding or hammering fine metals, the results are individualistic, unique and full of character. Devotees of handcrafted jewelry believe that true style lies not in sameness, but in difference.

Obelisk Pendant by Lauren & Gracia

numerous as the independent jewelry designers who devote themselves to this artistic expression. Almost all of the pieces on are handmade. From earrings, to necklaces, bracelets or rings, our indie designers have come up with exceedingly modern looks and taken them from concept to something we personally can't wait to wear.

When you buy a piece of handcrafted jewelry, you know that the piece has been lovingly created from inception to end by an individual devoted to their art. You’ll feel good about supporting an individual artist, not to mention look good as well.