Hello dear readers, today we are going to talk about a topic that is not alien to the Jewelry Trends blog, and that has been on the rise for some time, it is handmade artisan jewelry. As you know, the world of Fashion is constantly evolving; designers are always in search of new ideas, places, aromas, and people, among others, that inspire them to create something new, beautiful and unique.
Many designers found this inspiration returning nothing more and nothing less than their roots – yes, you read it well. This is how handmade jewelry gets the necessary boost to become an essential fashion accessory of any fashionista.
The handmade artisan jewelry, gives the alternative to many people who, despite using jewelry in their set of accessories, always look for something different, it is there, where it takes protagonism. This name is due, because no industrial machine is included in its production, but are made entirely by hand by its creators, well called artists.
More and more women opt for handmade jewelry, when choosing the accessories for their clothing, mainly because each piece is unique and unrepeatable. This term refers to the making of accessories such as earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, chokers, charms, among others; all these with different colors, textures, seeds, metals, crystal, nacre, seashells, pearls, threads, fibers, wood and / or leather.
Usually, artists take predominant elements of their culture, traditional materials or not, this, in the search for a successful combination, that results in a unique piece with an incomparable plus.
The handmade jewelry is custom made by a highly skilled artisan. Its sale is in local markets and jewelry stores around the world. This jewelry is made of many different types of materials, and a combination of elements. These materials are usually of the best and the highest quality. These artisans, most of the time, are located in remote regions, or difficult to access.
An individual who works with handmade jewelry is an artist, but is often referred to as an artisan. According to the dictionary, the artisan is a person who is an expert in applied art. The word artisan comes from the Italian word “artigiano”, which means that it is a person who trains in arts and crafts. Some of the most popular include furniture, cheeses, beverages, clothing, tools, bread and jewelry. All handmade items are functional, decorative or both.
The Handmade Artisan Jewelry in History
Since the beginning of humanity, man has worked raw materials to get tools that made life easier. In the same way, and as an ornamental element, stones and metals were used for decoration. In the beginning, the stones were shaped, and later, with the passage of time, materials such as metal were tamed. All this gave way to new professions. The handcrafted handmade jewelry was not aside from such evolution and became an increasingly sophisticated artisanal craft due to the skill that the goldsmiths had to give shape to metals and gems. With the use of gems for jewelry other trades were born, such as the study of gems, gemology.
Initially, many of the gems were considered genuine wonders for the belief that they had magical elements as well as sacred properties. It was thought that some gems could heal certain diseases; others were discarded by the belief that they were bad luck. Others, on the other hand, were said to bring good luck to those who carried them. Today there are still certain beliefs in this sense, being that the emerald is considered a gem that attracts good luck. Over the years, industrial development has allowed certain metals and gems to be used for certain industrial sectors. The diamond powder is a clear example of how, and due to its hardness, has been implemented in various sectors of the industry such as the oil through the drills with diamond dust.
Traditionally, the use of jewelry has been synonymous with status within society, being used at different times and by different civilizations. Starting from prehistory, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance era and even in this modern era, different peoples including the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans are a good example in the use of this.
On the other hand, the Mayans used the jewels to highlight power and rank, the wealthy classes differentiated by the jewels they wore, having as the most common jewels the jade necklaces, their most valued stone.
In ancient Rome, artisan jewelry was diverse, especially among the tribes; the brooches were the most used as functional jewelry, to ensure the placement of clothing. The Greeks and the Romans began to use the jewels to ward off the evil eye; they also accumulated them as a symbol of wealth, until they became currency for all kinds of transactions of the time.
Handmade Artisan Jewelry Today
Today, many recognized jewelry designers have opted to go back to their roots and exploit the field of artisan jewelry. We are talking about a direct contact between the designer and the artisan, obtaining as results unique and incredible pieces. Entire collections with an air of freshness linked to the traditions of the place of origin of the artisan or designer.
These designers want to revolutionize the world of jewelry and change our perception of the “craft” concept – and believe me, they are achieving it! – Perfectly combining traditional techniques with modern designs.
In addition, they are helping the communities, with which they collaborate, not only promoting their economy, but also, making their culture known through the art of jewelry.
In this context, Latin America has a lot to offer. As an example, we can mention countries like Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Guatemala, among others, which are taking firm steps promoting artisanal fashion, providing information and advice to all artisans, and opening the doors, in addition, so that the designers know and collaborate with artisans, and that a lasting relationship is forged.
Although at the beginning, it can be a difficult process, due to the location of the artisans (who often live in places that are difficult to access) and because of the language barrier (many artisans belong to indigenous communities), it is worthwhile, since it is obtained quality products, with a high cultural value.
The Charm of Handmade Artisan Jewelry
The handmade jewelry is designed for those people, men or women, who want to get out of the routine, and seek to express a unique, different and striking style.
The artisan jewelry, not only seeks to exalt the work done by hand, but also take care of the environment. Each created piece is intended through a sustainable model, in which not only the designer and artisan benefit, but also the environment. So, why use something just because it is beautiful? Is not it better to use something beautiful and that takes care of the environment? – Believe me; you are going to feel amazing!
As I explained in the beginning of this post, the pieces of handmade jewelry are made with original and native products. Each piece tells its own story, is unique and there are no two alike, the person who uses them, can think rightly, that it is specially designed for her – and it is so – so you will never be worry about someone using the same jewelry as you (even when is the same design).
In addition, if you are a lover of culture, the autochthonous, the nature, in short, of life, these pieces come to you like ring to the finger!
The in right now, is to use those accessories that seem out of your box of crafts, I’m talking about all kinds of accessories, hair clips, ties, necklaces, rings, bracelets, among others. You can find inspiration on the most important influencers of today.
Brands such as Susan Alexandra, Gimaguas, Valentino and Dana Roski have made the most of this trend, giving us accessories that we should have in our collection. To mention an example, we can talk about shell collars and bracelets, – so you can go looking for those you did when you went to the beach. This new marine trend includes mollusks, snails and crustaceans, and you can combine them in different ways.
Do not wait any longer, give a handmade touch to your jewelry collection and acquire unique pieces that enhance your style. To know more about the trends for this summer of artisan jewelry, visit our post Handmade Jewelry Trends – Summer 2018.
Finally, I invite you to visit the Nammu.com jewelry collection; they work with artisans from various parts of the world, and offer us unique pieces with history.