Sponsored Posts 10 Reasons to Love Handmade Goods

Published on September 7th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor

5

10 Reasons to Choose Handmade Jewelry

Whatever the reason for gifting, green gifts are the way to go. Learning to make our shopping a bit more sustainable can reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, minerals and other resources. Not only that, greener shopping can inspire you to find handmade, sustainable gifts from the heart.

uncommon goodsc6f826b536af39d1c45f707f9ffd3b47-548x822

No big box stores here: handmade is where it’s at!

No big box stores here: handmade is where it’s at!

Buying handmade clothing, decor and jewelry is an easy place to start when you’re looking to create a greener consumption pattern. Not only are there so many beautiful handmade items available, each item has so much to offer the giver and the receiver.

Our friends at *Uncommon Goods, a great online shop and certified B Corporation, have some great reasons to choose handmade jewelry, and some of them are not what you’d expect!

Here are some thoughts from their blog about the benefits of handmade jewelry:
Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 5.06.18 PM

1. No machines: hand-made jewelry is made with hands, meaning each piece is truly unique. No machines also means less electricity, so the jewelry is more sustainable!

2. The Time: each hand crafted item of jewelry requires a significant investment of time by the maker, imbuing the piece with a significance that just cannot be matched. Time is truly a precious resource, and knowing that an item was crafted just for you has so much more meaning, both to the giver and the receiver.

3. Knowing the process: designers have a love for the product that you can’t find from mass produced items. You can almost feel the energy of a handmade piece!

4. Handmade is higher quality: We’ve all had the experience of purchasing cheap jewelry and experiencing skin reactions, discoloration or other negative effects. Handmade jewelry is so often made from higher quality metals, and with an individual person at the production end– not a huge factory– you can be sure you’re getting something that works for you.

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 5.37.27 PM

5. Sustainable and ethical: Uncommon Goods writes that, “Jewelry Makers are often dedicated to sustainability and ethically sourced materials. By nature, being ethical can be much more costly than taking the easy route and purchasing from the refiner or dealer with low prices and shady sourcing. Smaller scale production is almost always higher quality.”

6. Smaller scale production = higher quality! Most jewelry makers take enormous pride in their work, and ensure that each piece is perfect. And you can pretty much guarantee that if there is a defect or problem, your designer is going to want to fix it for you!

7. Support small business: Even if the product is not made totally close to you, know that handmade jewelry it made closer to home than most other stuff. Handmade jewelry is likely made by an entrepreneur with small business values in mind. Supporting that supports small business everywhere!

8. Culturally appropriate: Many small scale makers and designers live in far-flung locations, but online platforms give them a chance to share the beauty of the styles and techniques of their homeland with others, fostering a deeper connection to individuals across cultural, linguistic and political boundaries.

Kyrgyzstan Kork_-_Artists4

9. Great green gifts: A unique piece of jewelry is ultimate green gift for women and men. As mentioned above, most small-scale jewelry makers take great pride in their work and source ethically to ensure the highest quality (and lowest impact) materials for their items.

10. True beauty: Some say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but when gifts are made with love, support small scale business, focus on the triple bottom line, and create sustainable alternatives to big box options, that is truly beautiful.

Whether you’re gifting for a friends, a girlfriend, hosting a green gift exchange, or maybe just buying something special for yourself, choosing handmade is the best way to keep the gift unique, beautiful and decidedly more sustainable.

 

This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods; photos from their blog. 

Tags: , , , , , ,


About the Author

is many, many people. We publish a number of guest posts from experts in a large variety of fields. This is our contributor account for those special people. :D



  • Great
    blog post about handmade jewelry. Handmade jewelry is really looking
    exceptional.

  • I love the handmade jewelry. Your post is really awesome, interesting. Thanks
    for sharing this.

  • Sheri Bethley

    Really,
    all points describing in this post are right. Hand made jewellery are not only
    good for its design and quality, but also it varies unique message and
    inspiration within its design that you want to say. Recently I have given a
    handmade necklace jewelry to my daughter where written a message
    “love” that was ordered from jjensendesigns.

  • I wrote a similar post, where I touched some different aspects of handmade jewelry and its value. You can check it out here: 7 Reasons to Buy Handmade Jewelry: https://dimmi.pl/en/blog/7-reasons-to-buy-handmade-jewelry/

  • Ada Gilbert

    Awesome!! This article
    is very interesting and beautiful. All points in the article are true. Thanks for
    sharing the post. I love handmade jewelry. For more information about handmade
    jewelry visit – https://gosouvenirsafrica.com/

Back to Top ↑

Shares