Visit: Carmilita Earrings
Beading and jewelry making can be one of the most rewarding hand crafts. All it takes is some basic supplies, a little personal creativity, and you are able to adorn yourself as well as others with beautiful handmade bead jewelry. Often these designs communicate your inner feelings and personal sense of style.
Jewelry crafting has been around for thousands of years. Hand crafted jewelry has been a symbol of social status, wealth and spirituality throughout all of human history. There are many cultures who think their handcrafted jewelry and gemstones possess magical and/or healing powers.
Today, many people few their jewelry, especially handcrafted jewelry as much more than mere decorations. Jewelry is used today to symbolize love and commitment, religion, politics, our many life experiences, the birth of children and important memories.
One piece of jewelry can mean much more to a person than just the color, or the look or what other piece of clothing we have on to match that piece of jewelry. Our choices in jewelry helps us and others around us to understand “who we are.” We communicate many different kinds of messages while we wear our jewelry. Are you a mother? Our choice in jewelry can prove that we are without saying a word to confirm that we are. Are you married? Of course a piece of jewelry can tell the world that you are married, in love and devoted to one special person. Are you a dedicated teacher? Even our professional life can be communicated by the choices of jewelry we wear.
Making jewelry and bead work utilizes the very same practices people of ancient times used. These practices have been passed down through generation after generation of people and can even communicate to others exactly what country or origin we are. For example, wearing Indian jewelry can immediately tell others that you have genuine Indian ancestors and ancestors who valued the art of making jewelry.
Handmade designs are special because you made them to exact specifications by your own hand. There is a special satisfaction in making your own jewelry as it portrays exactly what you love and fits you perfectly. Since I have been making bead jewelry, nothing else anywhere else satisfies me like a pair of earrings, bracelet or necklace made from genuine gemstones or carefully cut out faceted glass beads. I can tell the difference very quickly and I often reject anything of lesser quality than what I am use to in my own handmade jewelry. You become like as “one” to the beads you love. There is a very special relationship between the jewelry artisan and their beads. I always avoid the cheaply made, mass manufactured jewelry I one time chose to wear from retail outlets who buy their merchandise in bulk from mass jewelry making manufacturers. Handcrafted and especially that in which I make is my absolute favorite and choice now.
Handmade bead jewelry is often very similar to the kind of designer jewelry you can find in expensive jewelry boutiques and department stores and made at a fraction of the cost. Gift giving becomes far less challenging when you discover the world of handcrafted bead jewelry, either making it yourself, or buying it from other jewelry artisans. When the box is opened and your recipients see a beautiful hand crafted bracelet or necklace like they cannot readily see at the local retail outlet, you will hear a sudden “ahhhh” as if to gasp from the sudden scene of handcrafted bead jewelry.
There is probably one most important reward for giving handcrafted bead jewelry as gifts for special occasions and that is the jewelry can serve any purpose and match any kind of outfit your recipient has. This reward is much unlike anything else you would ever purchase in a local retail jewelry outlet. Your choices are so limited. Do you have a special person on your gift list who is very difficult to buy for? Watch them carefully and observe the style of clothing they wear, then gift them with beautiful bead jewelry. Your gift will most likely become one of their favorites.
If the people on your gift list loves fashion, become their personal fashion designer and gift them with jewelry that reflects their own personal fashionable style. If they are interested in history or a particular culture, religion or spiritual path, search for bead jewelry to reflect their interests.
Whether you are a bead artisan yourself or you are just interested in giving handcrafted bead jewelry as gifts, your journey through the handcrafted bead jewelry shops will bring you more personal creativity and enrichment.
I hope to see you in my shop soon. Visit Carmilita Earrings to see all the beautiful jewelry I have hand crafted and make your next gift to the special people on your gift list a “new” follower of handcrafted bead jewelry.
Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan. Carmilita Earrings.