A Closer Look At Handmade Precious Metal Jewelry

EarringsFor many, the main appeal of handmade jewelry is the knowledge that the piece is one-of-a-kind and often of superior quality compared to their machine-made counterparts. However, not all handmade pieces are created equal.

With the crop of small independent jewelry designers emerging these days, we mainly see their pieces being set in silver. This is because silver is much easier to work with when making jewelry compared to gold or platinum, and also because of the colossal price difference between these precious metals – with gold currently priced over 50 times more expensive than silver! In fact, almost anyone can take up silver jewelry making as a hobby as it requires a short time period to learn and relatively inexpensive tools.

To make custom fine jewelry – working with precious metals and stones – is an art that requires good aesthetic sense, experience, and many years of training. Customers pay a premium for custom made jewelry in return for being able to have an input, superior workmanship, and the knowledge that it is made just for them. As with custom tailored clothes, you can also have your custom made jewelry “fit” you better. For example, if you are in between the typical manufactured ring sizes – say 6 and 6 and a half – a goldsmith can make your ring a size that is in between, 6 and a quarter. 19 karat gold, which is more durable and requires less maintenance than platinum and 18 karat gold, is almost exclusively found in custom designs.

If you are in the Vancouver area, be sure to stop by Secret Sapphire to have a chat with Monica about custom design pieces. She is a GIA certified gemologist and jewelry designer with many years in the business, and works closely with a talented goldsmith to achieve beautiful unique designs that complements the client’s taste.