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HANDMADE JEWELRY - WHY BUY IT?

HANDMADE JEWELRY – WHY BUY IT?

By Preston Reuther

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What is handmade jewelry really?

In the old days handmade jewelry was just what it said. A piece of jewelry handmade by a human being. And for the most part that jewelry was mad in the good old USA. And the cool jewelry that was one of a kind was made by a jewelry designer right here at home. And that fact did incredible things for the country, our community, the jewelry designer, there customers and the economy.

It seems things have changed a bit and that may not hold true today. Oh yes they say it’s handmade but maybe one hand touched it for 5 seconds and the rest was mass produced by some company in who knows where. And in this world economy there is nothing wrong with every person and every country getting a shot at designing their own jewelry line. BUT….the misrepresentation in this area is become blatant fraud!

There is nothing like a piece of handmade jewelry that someone put there heart and soul into and you got it for a good price plus you now know the jewelry designer personally and they live one state over and it’s a single mom raising two kids that just loves to make special jewelry for you.Or at least that is the experience you should have when you buy a piece of handmade jewelry today.

RULES AND REGULATIONS IN THE JEWELRY TRADE

Today jewelry designers and jewelry makers have to live by enough rules and regulations to open there own fortune 500 company but the foreign competition don’t!!!! Whats wrong with this picture? I thought in the good old USA the idea was for everyone to have a fair chance at the American Dream? Well you tell me because here are the rules that apply in the USA and mostly don’t apply to jewelry made over there

METAL IMPURITIES

DUMPING TOXIC CHEMICALS INTO THE WATER SUPPLY

WHAT ABOUT CHILD LABOR?

DID A 13 YEAR OLD MAKE YOUR JEWELRY WHEN THEY SHOULD BE AT SCHOOL?

DID THAT CHILD GET A LUNCH HOUR? WHAT ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT TAXES?

HOLIDAYS OFF?

NON CONFLICT STONES?

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FAMOUS JEWELRY DESIGNERS THAT STARTED WITH VERY LITTLE

I don’t want to bore you but you get the idea and the playing field is not leval at all and is killing the artistic work involved in the jewelry process. Maybe jewelry designers or home jewelers just won’t have the desire or the money to pursue there God given talent? Yes it can happen and it would be a sad thing. Considering some of the greatest jewelry designers ever came from the US and made incredible art jewelry such as:

Albert Weiss

Sarah Coventry

Mazer brothers

David Lisner

Louis Kramer

Hattie Carnegie

Jonas Eisenberg

Tiffany

Harry Winston

And so many more!

Today in the United States most small jewelry designers that put there heart and soul into their work are working from home with a tiny bank account a few tools and some incredible jewelry! And it’s wonderful to create beautiful jewelry because that’s what American women want.

But in this day with the high cost of websites, on line advertising, employees and more it is a tuff go for the small American jewelry artist. Now add to this our foreign neighbors (china) that can produce cheap mass produced jewelry on one machine run by one person for 1/10th of the price and there government subsidizes the shipping it isn’t looking good for our new and up coming jewelry craftsmen.Could this be the end of great art in jewelry? Especially handmade jewelry?

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WHATS THE BEST WAY TO BUY HANDMADE JEWELRY?

This is only one person’s opinion but here goes.

#1. If you really want to reach the jewelry designer that actually makes the jewelry you need to communicate with them in person! Not a clerk, not a sales rep, not a manager but the person that will be making and desiging your jewelry.

#2. Small home town jewelry designers can make incredible handmade jewelry for you at less than half the price you would buy a comparable piece of designer jewelry anywhere.

#3. Let’s go back to the old days of the milk man, the coffee man, the bread man and all those other folks you did business with an actually spoke to them, knew them and trusted them. Get to know your local jewelry designer that is sitting at home waiting for your call

. #4. The results will be nicer jewelry for you, at a better price, that will enrich your community, other family’s and help our country. Let’s get back to basics in the jewelry industry for the betterment of all.

#5. This will keep creative people working in this country while creating the most interesting one of a kind jewelry you have ever seen! JUST FOR YOU! Everyone wins the BUYER AND THE SELLER!

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Preston Reuther is a Jewelry Designer  that has been collecting, designing, and selling handmade designer jewelry for over 20 years. He has written several e-books. produced over 50 jewelry making videos, published over 1000 articles on jewelry design and written over 3000 tips all related to handmade jewelry both old and new. Visit Preston's handmade jewelry collection - new and old at: www.cameojewelry.com or Contact Us at 816-689-2779 *********************************************************************



 

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