As the first snowflakes flutter down to the ground, we cannot help but turn our mind toward the quickly approaching holiday season and the delightful gift-giving that comes with it. We not only want to give people gifts they’ll cherish, but also ensure that we’re spending our hard-earned money in the best place, on the highest quality products available. Here are the best five reasons for gifting handmade jewelry to your loved ones (and yourself!) this holiday season.
Handmade means each and every piece of jewelry is carefully crafted to perfection. Artisans like myself take pride in the time it takes to meticulously create what will become a cherished piece of one-of-a-kind jewelry for yourself or your loved one. Handmade also means the base materials are of superior quality than you would ordinarily see in machine-made jewelry. Handcrafted jewelry is also typically crafted from durable metals that will not cause skin reactions.
Jewelry artisans are so often the CEO of their businesses, which means each and every creation is designed with the customer in mind. Whether a custom piece or one from a collection, I handle each creation with meticulous care to ensure quality in my product and that my customer is happy. Because hand-crafters rely on word-of-mouth advertising, the customer’s satisfaction, not the bottom line, is our central focus.
When you buy handmade jewelry, you’re supporting an independent jeweler and contributing to the local economy in which they live. Any profits earned go directly to the jeweler, allowing them to turn around and funnel that money back into their local community. The reality is, when you purchase from a hand-crafter, you’re having a much more significant economic impact than when you purchase from a larger retailer.
Buying from local, small businesses means you are also helping the environment. Because handmade jewelry is, well, made by hand and not machines, it’s production creates less pollution. And when you buy local-made goods, you’re cutting down on the energy and greenhouse gases created during the distribution of goods.
Unlike the jewelry found at large retailers, handmade jewelry is typically made to order. Because each piece is a unique creation for each customer, it is the only one like it in the world. Handmade jewelry makes the best gifts because you can be sure your loved one will not already have the same piece in their jewelry box. Not to mention how touched your loved one will be at the thought you put into their custom designed, handmade jewelry. Every time they pull that special bracelet from their jewelry box, your loved one will think of you and smile.
What more could you ask for this holiday season?