Handmade Jewelry

 

 

The value of a beautiful handmade jewelry piece lies not simply in its aesthetic appeal. Rather, it is the skill of a master craftsman that shines through the jewel in the form of myriad designs, which is most admirable.

In India, handmade ornaments are more the norm than an anomaly. Traditional Indian jewelry is always handcrafted. Large families often have their personal jewelers who make their jewelry for them. Only since jewelers have chosen to open shop so as to be able to attract more customers, have family jewelry traditions started to wane. But even then, the jewelry pieces continue to be hand crafted. For occasions such as weddings, jewelry is often specially designed to match perfectly with the wedding outfit. This custom jewelry involves a great deal of planning and re-planning, as the jeweler and the customer sit together for long periods of time, finalizing designs, stones, metal and other embellishments and intricacies. Even during the process of making these ornate handmade trinkets, there are frequent consultations so that any required changes may be incorporated into the ornament.

At amusement fairs, craft villages and cultural festivals, it is usual to find artisans making jewelry by hand in their stalls. They are also most often willing to make customers a piece of personalized jewelry, by asking him or her to pick the beads, chains, shells and other ornamentation they would like.

 

Indian handmade jewelry covers an entire gamut of jewelry, ranging from kundan , meenakari , polki, pachchikam , theva , and gemstone jewelry, to pearls , coral, navratna , as well as glass jewelry , tribal jewelry , fashion jewelry , lacquer jewelry and others. The detailing that is possible in handcrafted jewelry can never be matched by a mass produced jewelry item. More importantly, handmade jewelry keeps the doors of innovation and creativity open at every step.

Indian handcrafted jewelry items include handmade earrings, necklaces, pendants, handcrafted rings , anklets, bangles , armlets, hair ornaments, belts and other jewelry pieces.
Handmade jewelry from India and everywhere else is the product of an impeccable combination of dexterity, keen eyesight, creativity, perseverance and commitment.


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