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.
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. 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
Awards for handmade jewelry include:
- American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards 
- Gem Center Idar Oberstein Awards, named for Idar Oberstein.
- De Beers Awards