Artisan jewelry is a piece of jewelry custom made by skilled and experienced craftsmen. Artisan jewelry is available in shops, online and in some boutique stores as well. This jewelry is made from many different types of materials, and some pieces are made from a combination of materials. These materials are often the best and highest quality in the world. Artisans often work with metals and gemstones that are native to a certain area.
The native metal & material changes from region to region. In some countries it could be beads, silver, copper, oxidized metals, gemstones, fine metal or anything else. An individual who designs this type of jewelry is an artist, but is popularly referred as an artisan. These artisans are the people who are skilled in an applied art, and hence also called crafts-person.
The word ‘Artisan’ actually originated from an Italian word ‘Artigiano’ which means a person who is trained in arts and crafts. Artisan jewelry is known to have existed since 7000 BCE. These handcrafted ornaments include, bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings etc. Initially these ornaments were made in gold and copper and were often sculpted to depict human and animal forms. Today handmade jewelry is made of metals, gemstones, beads and many other materials. Every piece of handmade jewelry looks and feels unique.
These custom made jewelry are unique and often high priced and are have high monetary value. Artisan jewelry is not just unique, it is durable and strong. It is ideal to wear for any occasion. While each piece of artisan jewelry is a one-of-a kind piece, it is not personalized unless it is made to order.