Craft jewellery has always been a niche market, somewhere between an artisanal craft and mass-produced beauty care product. But the recent past years have seen it transformed into something completely different. Craft jewellery is now a veritable art form - with every producer vying for their audience's attention like artists competing for the public's attention. Today, it has come to be seen as a luxurious accessory, with high-end chain retailers like Burberry & Co now producing truly bespoke jewelry. If you're thinking of buying beautiful handmade jewelry, but have never had the opportunity to try it before, here are some tips to help you get started.
The Artistry of Craft Jewellery: An Introduction Part I: "The first thing I remember when I looked at craft Jewellery was that it was different from anything else I'd ever seen. It seemed to have a life of its own, and on every page, there was a new creation." A craft jeweler's paradise, a creation straight out of the mind of a talented jeweler - the pendant you are looking at right now would have been created by one such master. Today, anyone with a jewelry course or even a simple knowledge of how a stone or bead can be formed can create a stunning piece of jewelry that will adorn your wrist.
Tips for Buying Craft Jewellery: "One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they are thinking about buying craft jewelry is that they do not take the time to find out which stones and colors complement each other." There is nothing worse than traipsing through a boutique or outlet, and realizing that your perfect outfit just does not come in enough shades to suit your taste. Be wary of shops that say they have hundreds of different stones, and always look for something that you like, before making a purchase. Another great tip is that you should visit your local jeweler, who will have all the tips you need for buying crafts jewelry in one place.
Tips for Buying Craft Jewellery From Craft Jewellery Stores: "It may be helpful to buy craft jewelry from specialist stores around your home city. In some cases, this is an advantage as they will usually stock a wider range of stones and designs. You will also know the quality of the work, and if you are buying from a reputable store it should be possible to exchange damaged items without any financial cost to you." Some specialist stores will offer a return service, should you find the product to be faulty.
Tips for Buying Craft Jewellery in Bulk: "If you are buying craft jewellery in bulk, think about buying the same design in different stones, but in smaller lots. This way you can reduce your costs. You can often buy beautiful stones in small lots because they are not so expensive, to begin with. Also, if you buy in bulk, you may be able to negotiate a discount on bulk craft jewelry."
Tips for Buying Craft Jewellery Online: "Make sure that the craft jewellery you buy online is described as being 'artistic'. When people are buying online, they expect the highest quality and are likely to want to see photographs of the work. If a website doesn't provide any photographs or a detailed description of the design, you should avoid buying from it. If you have to make a purchase from an online craft jewelry store, see if the prices quoted are accurate and if the seller allows for discounts." Always check for feedback on the website and call the company on the telephone to find out more about their services before buying from them.
Tips for Buying Craft Jewellery from Wholesalers: "The craft of making jewellery can be enjoyed by anyone and there is great value in buying high-quality items from wholesalers. Often wholesalers sell items of very high quality for less than the retailer's price. The advantage of buying crafts from wholesalers is that they will usually be interested in trying to make a sale with you as well. There is also the chance to buy large quantities of one style of craft at a time when you are buying craft jewellery."
Tips for Buying Craft Jewellery From retail stores: "The most obvious place to buy craft jewellery is from retail stores. These stores are familiar with customers and will often know what looks good on someone. However, it is worth trying to look through a few stores to get ideas of styles you like. It can be useful to take some photos of favorite pieces. Some stores may even offer samples of certain designs. This will help you choose whether the design will suit you or not."