Handmade jewelry

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Three handmade jewelry items

Handmade jewelry (or handmade jewellery or handcrafted jewellery) is jewelry which has been assembled and formed by hand rather than through the use of machines.

The oldest handmade jewelry trademark is in Florence, Italy.[1]

Definition (U.S.)[edit]

According to the guidelines of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in order to be stamped or called "handmade" in United States, the work must be made solely by hand power or hand guidance.[2] This means that jewelry may be made using drills, lathes, or other machinery, but it must be guided by the human hand.[original research?]

This precludes the use of hand procedures such as hammering, doming, sawing, filing, soldering, finishing, punch presses, CNC machinery, and casting, to name a few processes the use of which would make the jewelry not qualify as "handmade". Beyond that, handmade jewelry can be made out of any material and with a wide variety of techniques. Advantages It allows exclusivity as each item is unique It exhibits the individuality and exclusivity of craftsmen

Types of handmade jewelry[edit]

Handmade jewellery and handicrafts are a part of culture in many parts on the world. Handmade jewelry can be made using any materials and techniques provided they are manually done. Some of these handmade jewels are quite popular around the world. Based on the materials used and styles adopted, there are many types of handmade jewelry,

  • Wire wrapped jewelry
  • Beaded jewelry
  • Fabricated jewelry
  • Polymer clay jewelry
  • Terracotta jewelry
  • Handmade silver jewelry
  • Handmade gold jewelry
  • Handmade metallic jewelry
  • Paper jewelry
  • Wood Jewelry
  • Resin Jewelry
  • Crochet jewelry
  • Enameled jewelry
  • Engraved jewelry


Awards for handmade jewelry include:

  • American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards [3]
  • Gem Center Idar Oberstein Awards, named for Idar Oberstein.
  • De Beers Awards

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History - Torrini 1369 - Firenze". www.torrinijewels.com. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  2. ^ Authority: Sec. 6, 5, 38 Stat. 721, 719; 15 U.S.C. 46, 45. Source: 61 FR 27212, May 30, 1996, unless otherwise noted.
  3. ^ "Background & Past Winners". www.agta.org. Retrieved 29 April 2015.