Handmade Jewelry: Differences in Quality

All handmade jewelry is unique, but not all of this jewelry is created equally. There are some major differences in quality depending on the method that was used to create the jewelry and the skill of the jewelry maker.There are two main ways that handmade jewelry is created. One method involves using glue or epoxy to attach beads and trinkets to the bracelet or necklace pendant. This is the most commonly found method of making handmade jewelry because it is the easiest type of jewelry making to do. However, it has some major quality issues.First, the beads and trinkets can easily come off with a small amount of force. They may also simply fall off when the glue or epoxy fails over time, which will eventually happen if your jewelry even lasts that long. They can also come off the jewelry in the shower or pool because getting the glue or epoxy wet breaks it down.The up side to having this type of handmade jewelry is that you will be able to fix it yourself. All you need is a bit of super glue or epoxy and you can stick that bead or fake gem right back in place. If, that is, you can find it when it falls off. Otherwise the piece becomes ugly and fairly useless, and is basically just trash.The other popular method of handmade jewelry making is wire wrapping. There are no sauntering irons or epoxies used in this method of jewelry making. Instead, the high quality wire is twisted and looped on itself in and around the beads and stones used in making the jewelry. This means that they will not come off. There is no risk of a weld coming loose or a piece coming off. Everything is firmly in place with the wire looping.About the only thing you have to worry about with wire wrapped jewelry is if the wire somehow breaks. This is highly unlikely, and would require some excessive force or wire cutters to accomplish. However, if it did happen, the piece would not be repairable in most cases. In some cases it may be able to be welded back together, but the weld would likely not hold for a long period of time. In addition, the weld may be visible depending on where the break is, taking away from the inherent beauty of the jewelry.It is fairly clear from these examples which type of handmade jewelry is of the higher quality. Wire wrapped jewelry wins hands down every time. You can distinguish wire wrapped jewelry very easily. If you are ever in doubt, ask the maker what method was used in creating the jewelry. Even though it is not as easy to be repaired, it is much more durable and typically more beautiful, making it a much higher quality jewelry.