Our world is full of creative minds and individuals who love to embrace and sculpt unique, one of a kind, pieces of art. The beauty of handmade is that there is no right, or wrong, way for a piece of jewelry to look. Each piece has its own flare, its own quirks and uniqueness that set it apart and make it one of a kind. How amazing to be able to wear a piece of jewelry knowing that you are the only person in the world who has that certain piece? Quite incredible. You will never have to worry about the comment, "Oh, I have that also," or the comment, "I paid $xx for mine at the store, what did you pay for yours?" That is the beauty, there is no other like it in the world!
But..where did artisan jewelry get its beginning? Where, and how, did it actually originate? The word "artisan" is actually French, meaning creating or crafting by hand. The cool thing? Artisan doesn't pertain completely to jewelry, but most associate it with that. It can also pertain to woodwork, furniture, food, metal sculptures, etc. Anything that is unique and crafted by hand.
Artisans have been creating since the Industrial Revolution, maybe before, and in many different countries throughout the world. Greece, Rome, Japan - you name it. There are wonderful and magical creative minds all over the world.
Art jewelry really began to appear more in the US in the 1940's and has been picking up steam ever since. Each and every year, more and more artisans are appearing on the scene, perfecting their craft. Countries all over the world have their specialties that they focus on, creating artisan perfection world-wide.
What an amazing world we live in that we have the opportunity to not only be exposed to so many amazing talents, we have the ability to view and purchase them as well. Let's continue to support the artists of the world by showing our appreciation for them and their hard-work!
Have you purchased any type of artisan made jewelry or items in the past?