Why Do People Buy Handmade Jewelry? | The Diamond Reserve

Why Do People Buy Handmade Jewelry?

Like buying handmade clothes or home goods, handmade jewelry is an investment. Working directly with a jeweler on an item like a custom engagement ring or purchasing handmade finished pieces ensures that you’re spending your money on quality materials and construction. While you may save money in the short run by opting for a mass-produced piece, handmade jewelry tends to last longer. Let’s dive into the handmade jewelry process and the signs you can look for to determine a piece’s origins.

What Is Considered Handmade Jewelry?

As it says in the name, handmade jewelry is made by hand. This doesn’t mean there are no machines involved — the jeweler may use a drill for example — but their hands are still the primary means of creating the piece. 

Handmade jewelry is different from handcrafted jewelry. When a person assembles a piece of jewelry using machine-made, mass-produced parts, this is usually given the label “handcrafted.” Handmade jewelry requires a lot of skill and proper tools, and the end price will reflect the labor and time put into the piece. 

What Is the Difference Between Handmade And Mass-Produced Jewelry?

While one of the basic differences between handmade and mass-produced jewelry is that the latter is made en masse by a machine, there are signs that you can look for in individual pieces as well. Whether you’re doing a bit of detective work on a piece of secondhand jewelry or just want to ensure you’re investing in quality, here are some clues you can look for to determine if a ring, bracelet, earrings, or necklace was mass-produced by a machine versus made by hand by a jeweler. 

  • Uniformity: Just like other mass-produced goods, machine-made jewelry will have a certain uniformity that handmade won’t. This is usually noticeable in the smaller details, like the prongs of a setting or ear wires on earrings.
  • Price: While handmade jewelry can be more expensive, that’s not always true. However, mass-produced jewelry tends to be lower value, which accounts for its cheaper cost.
  • Quality: In terms of durability, construction, and materials, handmade jewelry is usually of higher quality than its mass-produced counterpart. For example, a handmade piece may feature solid gold instead of gold plating.
  • Details: When a piece is handmade, it may have more detail or a complex design that couldn’t be achieved by using a machine.

We design all of our custom engagement rings by hand in-house at our Austin and Denver store locations. If you want to invest in a piece of custom, handmade jewelry, give us a call at 303-385-8449 or click here to make an in-person appointment.