If you spent any time at camp as a child, you probably made friendship bracelets, or spent hours with twine and beads, perfecting your macramé technique. Who among us hasn’t strung together some sort of bracelet or necklace? If this is your idea of handmade gemstone jewelry, you are mistaken. Handmade does not mean that it is “homemade”, or that it is any way inferior to generically manufactured pieces of jewelry.
What you may think of as handmade gemstone jewelry differs considerably from the “artsy-craftsy” feeling of the 60’s and 70’s. Handmade jewelry is not made from rudimentary materials, using primitive techniques, by elementary craftspeople. Handmade jewelry is made by people who have studied metals and stones for years, are artists, and understand how to design jewelry that is stylish and shows off the beauty of the natural materials.
In fact, many pieces you see in small jewelry stores, or even worn by famous people, are handmade. They may appear to be manufactured because of their level of perfection, but that is the sign of a crafts person doing a great job.
One advantage to handmade gemstone jewelry is that every piece is different. Because a piece is handmade, there is no other one like it in the world. An artist may mass-produce earrings or bracelets, but each one is different in some small way. Not only will the design be different, but the addition of gemstones ensures that each stone will be different as well. No two pieces of turquoise are alike, and no two handmade pieces of jewelry are alike, either. If you are looking for a unique piece, then you have to choose a handmade piece of jewelry.