Handmade is term that has a tendency to be overused, and yet it
really does mean something specific. When you see something in
any medium that is handmade, there’s a difference. With handmade
jewelry, for example, there’s a richness, a texture and a depth
to the pieces. I don’t really know what it is, it’s a little bit
intangible, but people respond to it. There’s a place for
mass-produced jewelry, absolutely; but there is also a definite
place for handmade jewelry. My Mom was a designer for many years,
and she used to say, “for every pot there’s a lid.” There is a
good fit for everybody.
With handmade jewelry, you have fabricated a piece from scratch.
You’re working with wire or sheet metal. You shape the metal, you
mold the metal, and you turn it into something beautiful and
wearable. That’s different than something that’s stamped out by a
machine. I believe that. I have seen through the years that
people really respond to handmade jewelry whether they know
they’re responding to it or not. Obviously in an art festival
situation or when they’re walking into an American-made gallery,
they know it’s handmade jewelry. But I am telling you that just
from a person, a woman wearing it; people respond. Where did that
come from? Who made that? There’s a difference with handmade
jewelry. Some of it is subtle, and some of it is intangible, but
there really is a difference.
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