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Handmade Jewellery (a plausible explanation)

1st Oct 2014

There are many instances of the expression handmade jewellery being used, but what can it mean and what is the scope of usage. This varies from not having the pre-made parts for an item of jewellery being made and having to resort to making parts very often badly, up to the highest degree of excellence. In between these extremes is a general description of making where pre-made parts or carved waxes or cad cam are used, the reference to handmade is somewhat obscure. The skill in the production of these parts should not be ignored but this is separate from the actual hands on skill of the making of jewellery. The extreme is full making of jewellery from wrought parts to an obsessive level of detail and accuracy. The wrought metal is sheet and wire, none of which have been cast. Modern castings are of a good standard but the wrought metal is superior having been rolled to give excellent internal properties and is said to have a high degree of integrity. The skill involved is the ultimate, a combination of engineering, art and jewellery with every small part being polished before assembly to other parts.

So why is not all jewellery made this way, basically cost to a certain extent with the cost pressure having been around for many years, the ability and willingness has slowly dwindled. Do not get me wrong the progress in making methods has given a much better standard of jewellery to be available. So this is not quite a forgotten art (or obsession) where is or should it be used. First of all where the price is so much only the absolute best will do. Let’s say I am asked to make a 3 million pound necklace. You guessed full handmade.

The other time I find handmade is particularly useful is for fast delivery. It takes longer to do but it is ready quicker. By this I mean it may take 3 whole days to be made but after 3 days it is ready to show the customer where the more cost effective methods might take 3 weeks total delivery time.

Author: Graham Saunders