We’ve all heard about handmade jewellery and wondered what it really means. Isn’t all jewellery made by hand? Well, that’s technically true, but handmade jewellery is a little different. Often eccentric, artistic and sometimes a little cheap and nasty, there is still a place for handmade jewellery. If you’ve ever visited markets or artistic stores, you’ve probably come across some handmade jewellery. It may incorporate several different materials, often non-traditional materials. So, what exactly is handmade jewellery and is it any good? What is handmade jewellery? Handmade jewellery can describe almost any jewellery made by hand. Now, this can be deceiving in some ways because most jewellery is technically made by hand. The most luxurious jewellery stores in Melbourne have a master jeweller on site. That jeweller designs and creates custom pieces by hand. However, when we talk about handmade jewellery, we often think of something that’s more crafty. For example, rather than using premium materials, cheaper jewellery focuses more on interesting, new designs rather than material quality. Often, it’s more an artistic expression rather than excellence in jewellery. In terms of its uses, its more decorative for everyday use, but luxury custom jewellery is more for special occasions. Is handmade jewellery valuable? It really depends on each specific piece of handmade jewellery. Remembering that this is generally more of a ‘craft’ item, you’re not likely to find the most amazing materials. With cheaper metals, stones, clasps and other components, you can’t expect the jewellery to hold a great deal of value. With that being said, if the designer is particularly sought after or creates something that’s truly new and interesting, it may be worth more. You can also find plenty of sentimental value in handmade pieces. However, in terms of financial value, handmade isn’t often very lucrative. What about custom jewellery? Custom jewellery is a little different than what we normally consider ‘handmade’. Custom jewellery is made by hand. Just by master jewellers rather than artists. Whether it’s a bracelet for someone’s graduation or an engagement ring, master jewellers create pieces of luxurious jewellery. When you visit a high-quality jewellery store, you usually get excellent materials and top-range stones. Lesser jewellery usually features cheaper materials. While it’s often quite interesting, you shouldn’t always expect incredible quality. So, if you’re looking for elegant, meaningful, custom jewellery that can be treasured forever, see a jeweller. You’ll end up with something that retains value over a long period of time. Need something more than handmade jewellery? If you’re looking for truly luxurious jewellery, look no further than Catanach’s. Our pieces are made on-site by our master jewellers. However, we certainly don’t fit into the ‘handmade’ category. With our bespoke jewellery service, you can expect the best materials and stunning designs. If you’d like to find out more about the amazing pieces we create, contact us today. You can even book a custom jewellery appointment. Let’s create a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece just for you.