Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

Unique silver jewelry can be purchased that is made in the heart of the old West or that comes shipped from the small island of Bali in Indonesia. Unique handcrafted jewelry continues to be more than just typical body decorations as are other pieces of jewelry made from gold, platinum and other metals or various materials. For many years, it has been a customized option that many consumers choose to reflect their special tastes and styles. Known for its malleable properties, silver is among the most popular metals used for both custom and production line pieces such as earrings, necklaces, rings, belt buckles and watches. Today's market has seen a particular upsurge in silver popularity for the past 10 years with young and old alike preferring the shiny, white metal over the traditional yellow gold choice.

Certain areas of the world are particularly known for wonderfully customized body decorations that cater to those who prefer to own a one-of-a-kind piece. America offers the specialty art of the West and Northeast that is punctuated by Indian artistry influenced by centuries of native traditions. Much of this unique silver jewelry is made from patterns of Indian art as well as fresh creations from native artisans throughout the country. Brandishing stone and gems in much of their artistry, turquoise is perhaps the most well known stone to be set or inlaid in specialty American pieces. When most customers think of Indian body art, a turquoise necklace, ring or belt buckle is usually what first springs to mind.

Silversmithing continues to be a viable art form among some reservations as well as artists who are not natives, but wish to reflect the special style of early, Native America. "The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." (Psalm 12:6) The sales from native, unique handcrafted jewelry continues to be strong despite the continued growth among the traditional jewel industry that many times yields higher year ends sales. The Native American culture is one of the main areas that produces various unique silver jewelry pieces to a preferred, growing consumer market. Other places in the world have made a strong bid for world wide consumers who value special pieces for their shops, stores or just simply to wear.

Mexico has traditionally claimed a large market for silvercrafted pieces and there has historically been a large overlap in the Native American offerings that show both influences. Silver mines in Mexico in past centuries spurred the art of silversmithing into an art form that has not faded with time. Other areas of the world that have historically and are currently producing unequaled unique silver jewelry are Australia, Peru and as mentioned earlier, Indonesia. Australian pieces can be purchased that are customized to perfection with indigenous gemstones and trendy styles influenced by the country's culture. European glass beads to pearls can be found set in the purest form of the metal and can be appropriate for casual or elegant attire.

Australia is still known for its 'pioneering' spirit and many of its artisans adequately reflect that attitude in their phenomenal artistry. Peru has long been known for its unusual, historical art productions and lays claim as one of the main producers of unique handcrafted jewelry in the world. Gleaning historical inspiration from the early Incan civilization, Peruvian artists produce some of the finest and most exquisite pieces found today. Some of the most popular gemstones used in Peru's unique jewelry pieces are onyx, tigers eye, amber and opal. Many discriminating customers can purchase pieces that are made from Incan patterns of highest quality.

These pieces retain their value and can continue to increase as the precious, white metal coupled with authentic, customized artistry heightens in world wide demand. A small island in Indonesia, Bali, is another important exporter of custom body decorations that has met the consumer demand in a hearty way for the past couple of decades. Even though Bali has been an important center for unique silver jewelry for more than 50 years, only recently has it become a competitive alternative for consumers and businesses. Providing a large amount of products for wholesale and retail businesses, Bali offers skilled artisans that are expert in casting techniques. They also can produce finely crafted pieces that are cast from historical influences of the aged Indonesian culture.

Indonesian art is produced in a competitive manner that makes it appealing to the worldwide demand for reasonably priced, quickly made, customized decorations. The market has exploded with a demand for unique handcrafted jewelry that has been unprecedented in the last 20 years. A preference for silver jewelry has overshadowed the demand for classic, traditional pieces made from yellow gold. All ages and both genders are attracted to a wide array of styles, functionalities and prices that can be found on the worldwide market. Trends of any sort tend to move in circular motions with one metal overshadowing the other for a while in popularity. Now is the time for unique handcrafted jewelry that will last in quality and will offer heirloom value to any consumer.

Costume Handcrafted Jewelry

Costume handcrafted jewelry comes in all styles and forms, is widely available and made by hand; making it a special gift for a loved one or friend. Shoppers can find fine costume jewelry for sale on the Internet. People from all cultures have found various ways to personally adorn themselves throughout time since this art has been around for a very long time. Pieces are made from various types of materials including precious or semiprecious stones with metals such as brass, copper, silver, gold, and platinum. There are so many different variations and types of materials used to make pieces and many are available online. Some sites welcome opportunities to handcraft the perfect piece for that special someone. Talented artists design and assemble many different bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings with special interest in any type of material.

The history of jewelry is vast and involves many different cultures and societies. Many people have an interest in various types of this art, especially organizations online that offer membership into their society based upon an interest in jewelry. Membership into historical jewelry organizations includes many advantages. Opportunities may present themselves to members by being able to learn from collectors, dealers, historians, designers, artists, and many others about this art. Becoming associated with others who have similar interests can be very rewarding. Lectures are given and detailed information pertaining to lectures is published in a newsletter for reading. Thus, learning about fine costume jewelry online can be fascinating.

Ancient cultures crafted adornments much like what is still seen today. Many of these types of items have been found in Egyptian tombs and in burial grounds. Interests in costume handcrafted jewelry spans from ancient times until present day, and people from all genders and nationalities are lovers of personal adornments. Some people even adorn their pets with ornaments of fine costume jewelry. Artists who handcraft items like necklaces or bracelets use their creative abilities to construct unique pieces which can often be found on the Internet through various sites. Materials included in the making items like rings and earrings might include amber, amethyst, aquamarine, bronze, cameos, coral, freshwater pearl, garnet, ivory, marcasite, mother of pearl, opal, and many other precious and semiprecious stones and metals. Some of the more popular gemstones and metals include gold, silver, pearls, and diamonds.

Jewels, genuine or imitation, appeal to the special someone who loves to accessorize. That one special piece can make such a difference in the presentation of an outfit. The right pair of earrings can set off the presentation. Some outfits do not need much accessorizing but even those outfits can be beautified with a costume handcrafted jewelry piece. The art of using jewelry to accessorize can be accomplished with materials that most people don't realize. One way to make items such as necklaces is by using furniture trimmings such as cord. Cord can be bent and twisted to make unique designs. Creativity with design is by no means limited. By using imagination and various materials, anyone can create their own costume handcrafted jewelry.

Jewelry making has been used for many purposes throughout time. God gave the children of Israel favor with the Egyptians during the time that he used Moses to lead his people out of the bondage of slavery. Some of this favor resulted in God's people possessing pieces that had belonged to the Egyptians. "But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians" (Exodus 3:22). After the children of Israel were out of bondage they started doubting Moses so they took this spoil of costume handcrafted jewelry and made them an idol to worship. Their unbelief eventually caused them to have to wander in the wilderness for 40 years.

Adornments have also been used to bestow honor on others. Pharaoh gave Joseph his ring and put a gold chain around his neck to honor him. This honor included making him ruler over the land of Egypt. "And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about is neck" (Genesis 41:41-42). Even in biblical times, fine costume jewelry was used in symbolization and gift giving. Let's not forget about the symbolic meaning of a wedding ring. This signifies the union of two people who have become one. This is a sign to others as well that they are united in holy matrimony with another. Do a search on the Internet for fine costume jewelry and make some unique purchases, to show appreciation and honor for loved ones.

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