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Unique Jewelry Is Wonderful In Many Ways

Unique typically means one of a kind, and when it comes to jewelry, that is exactly what most of us want. We may be inspired by certain looks or trends, but at the end of it all, we want a piece that makes a statement no one before us has made. We want unique jewelry. Be it the style or the material, when looking to make a statement with our accessories, we prefer something that is special and distinct.

Unique Jewelry

Unique silver jewelry is often found in the category handmade jewelry. Remember, we’re looking for one of a kind, individual. What better place to start than handmade?  When looking for unique silver jewelry what are shoppers searching for? Vintage styles made with techniques of yesteryear, hard to find styles, or one of a kind pieces and patterns? No matter what a particular customer is searching for, they want one of a kind items, which often come from handmade jewelry artisans.

There are numerous resources to find unique handmade jewelry. Website featuring handmade jewelry artists are plentiful. Buying handcrafted  items gives the fashion forward shopper a chance to own unique pieces that their counterparts may not be hip to, making them the forerunner in the next new hot trend. Let’s face it, wearing or receiving a piece of unique jewelry makes a person feel special. If you found it, you pat yourself on the back for a job well done. You’re not a follower, you went out of your way and it paid off in you now owing a cool piece of unique jewelry. If you receive a gift that is unique handmade jewelry you tend to feel extra special because the gift giver didn’t cop out and just pick up one of a hundred random trinkets from the mall. They went a bit above and beyond, put in some extra effort and found something one of a kind with you soley in mind. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t get much better than that!

Unique Jewelry For Women

Unique jewelry designs  are not as uncommon as they once were. With the ease of online shopping and various global sites showcasing handmade jewelry artisans worldwide, it’s fairly easy to find unique jewelry designs. Also, with there being a movement to reconnect with old world values, consuming organic items, and buying locally  grown, and handmade products, there has been a resurgence in craft fairs and artist markets, opening up a whole new shopping market of unique handmade jewelry to the masses.

Everyone wants to find the “perfect gift for her.” Whether it’s a birthday gift, bridesmaid jewelry gift, or if you need something that works well for any occasion. Unique jewelry for women can be the answer to all of these gift giving scenarios. With a little thought and research, this could be the answer to all of your gift giving problems. Even for the pickiest of gift recipients, eclectic and unusual one of a kind unique jewelry often is received with praise and adoration.

Costume jewelry has made a huge comeback in recent years. With the upturn in popularity of this chunky jewelry comes the task of finding unique costume jewelry. As we’ve discussed earlier in this article, options are endless when searching for unique  jewelery, be it handmade, silver jewelry, beaded jewelry, or stone, with a little research you’re sure to find a market heavily saturated in unique jewelry options.

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Why Buy Handmade?

The dictionary defines handmade as “made with the hands or by using hand tools.” While this will suffice for most, those of us that have love for all things handmade realize there’s so much more to it than that. When I think of handmade items I think of high quality, one of a kind pieces made with love. When I buy handmade I get a feeling that I’m part of some sense of community. Supporting small business and the local economy are most certainly pluses in my book. I also have visions of an artisan happily crafting away in their naturally gifted skill set, while putting great effort into the product quality and customer service for their buyers.

Conscience and morale boost aside, shopping handmade is also an opportunity to purchase unique items that are sure to make a statement. Nothing says thoughtful like a gift that isn’t mass produced and hits the recipient’s taste spot on. That’s why handmade gifts  are often such a success, you can buy items as unique as the person you’re shopping for, and it doesn’t get any better than that.

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Other than buying awesome one of a kind jewelry while contributing to the local economy, and supporting local artist, handmade gifts often outlast their mass produced counterparts. Handmade gifts also seem more personal. It’s such a more personal style of gift giving. It’s also nice to be able to support someone who is living their dream. Handmade gifts are more often than not made of very high quality. Yet another great reason is that instead of giving your money to a faceless corporation, you’re helping to give an artist a fair wage. Supporting small business, and local economy are so import in the bigger picture of things, everyone benefits. It also creates a demand for products made with remarkable quality and care. Lastly, in a society where we seem to be growing more detached by the moment, it’s wonderful to be getting back to a sense of human to human contact and interactions. It brings about a true feeling of community.

Handmade Bracelet

Let’s talk about handmade jewelry gift ideas. There are so many various categories, from food, clothes, home goods, to toys and art. So, let’s touch on a few. For women, there are tons of accessories that would make great handmade gift ideas. I believe at the top of the list is probably jewelry. There are also bath products, such as lotions, soaps, bath salts, and perfumes or oils. Men aren’t left out of handmade gift genre. There are loads of products for men. Grilling tools, craft beer, shaving products and accessories, to actual handmade food items, such as specialty crafted olive oils, vinegars, pickled veggies, and much more are available for the special guy in your life.  We can not neglect to mention gifts for the host or hostess with the most-ess.  Candle holders, picture frames, coasters, flavored salts, and even ready to assemble herb gardens kits are perfect for your get dinner party throwing friend or family member. Then there’s Fido, we must not forget the fur-babies in our lives. Anything from pet clothes, customized collars, feeding and watering bowls, even toys and treats. There’s no reason the pet love of your life can’t benefit from receiving a handmade gift. I’ve just touched lightly on handmade crafts that make great gift ideas, but as you can see the possibilities are truly infinite.

With handmade jewelry being the most popular category we can’t close this article without briefly discussing these most highly favored items. Handmade bracelets and handmade earrings top the list. I believe these items are so popular because of the vast variety in styles and materials. The saying, “something for everyone” could not be more perfect for these handmade gifts. From simple woven friendship bracelets to more intricate wrap bracelets. Anything from boho chic to expensive gemstone pieces, the range is vast and varied to say the least.

Handmade Earrings

As with handmade bracelets, the choices for handmade earrings are endless. Casual to elegant, boho chic to luxury, there is something for everyone in this style category. Base or precious metals, synthetic or genuine gemstones, sleek or statement, you’re sure to find the perfect unique handmade gift, all while establishing a sense of community.

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Let’s Talk Handmade Jewelry

I was seriously thinking the other day about my designs and going over new ideas for the upcoming season. As I was pondering expanding certain items, I found myself wondering why people buy handmade jewelry. It seems that now a days you have to go out of your way somewhat to find handmade accessories. Meaning it is not carried/advertised in mainstream venues. Don’t get me wrong, if you know where to look the options are plenty, but you won’t be beat over the head with handcrafted artisan works just walking through everyday life.

Handmade Jewelry

This past spring I took a different turn with my craft, beaded bracelet sets. So, why do people buy handmade beaded jewelry? I think because it’s unique, I personally like to be different and my accessories are a key way of representing my fashion preference to the world. Anyone can go to the mall and buy a piece that thousands of other people will have, but handmade jewelry designs are usually one of a kind, and can often be customized to your liking.

 

Moving forward, when looking for inspiration I was wondering were others’ get their handmade jewelry ideas and inspiration. I know personally travel has recently played a huge role in the expansion of my line. In preparation for my last island vacation I found that I wanted more laid back beachy and surfer inspired wardrobe and accessories. When searching for vacation pieces to buy I was inspired by many female pro surfers, beach lifestyle, and bikini bloggers that I follow on various social media. Also, I semi regularly shop at couple of beach and skate shops, so I checked out their selections, as well as their online shops and style blogs. Not only was going on vacation a spring board for inspiring a whole new section of my line, but the actual traveling done once there. The new sites, smells, activities, etc., all inspired me to create quite a few new styles of handmade beaded jewelry.

Handmade Beaded Jewelry

Inspiration can also be found from various site such as handmade jewelry blogs and Pinterest boards. From viewing other artisan’s work, to finding DIY tutorials the options are endless. There’s also the option of attending a class or workshop to learn a new skill or hone in your techniques and learn to use them in new and interesting ways. With a little research and imagination anyone can be well on their way to opening a whole new world of ideas.

Unique handmade jewelry makes a great gift, and is perfect for so many different occasions. Also, buying directly from an artist usually offers you the opportunity to customize your purchase. Want a different color, different length, handwritten personalized note, say no more. Personalized customer service is a huge plus when making any purchase, and handmade artists usually go above and beyond to ensure their customers are happy.

Unique Handmade Jewelry

In closing, I do believe that love for handmade jewelry designers is growing rapidly. It makes a unique gift, is perfect for a number of occasions, you can usually customize it to your liking, whether it’s handmade silver jewelry, or handmade beaded jewelry. You can get personalized customer service, and the quality is more often better than mass produced assembly line products. Also, you get a chance to do a good deed by helping the economy. The benefits of buying had made go on and on. It truly like is buying your own little piece of a treasure in so many ways.

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Foodie Friday – Easy Dinner Recipe Mini Buffalo Chicken Balls

Flashback Friday! Sharing one of my faves from last year…

Hey there! Just wanted to take a quick second to share a delightful lil recipe from my Food & Wine Best of the Best cookbook. My goal is to try at least 1 new recipe a week, going for 2, but we’ll see.

I spent a nice chunk of Sunday afternoon perusing through 2 lovely cookbooks from food and wine. I made my cheat sheet full of page numbers, as in ‘take a second glance please.’ The other day I did my ‘double take’ hoping to find a meal that required ground chicken, as I had some at home I needed to use. Low and behold I came across this uber quick, super easy Mini Buffalo Chicken Balls recipe! When I say fast and easy I mean, letting the sauce cool for 10 minutes was the most time consuming element to this dish! LOVES it! Also, the balls are baked, not fried, and I used ground chicken breast, woot to the woot!

Here’s a quick picture breakdown, I find for something like this you don’t really need exact measurements, though I can provide them if you like. Here goes!

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1/3 cup of hot sauce and 4 tablespoons of butter, melt in a small saucepan, let cool 10 mins.
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While it cooled I combined a bit of celery stalk, finely diced, bread crumbs (I used panko), 1 egg, 1lb or so ground chicken (will use more and up the ingredients next time because there weren’t any leftovers and there’s just two of us!), and the cooled hot sauce mixture. I also added a bit of Mrs Dash Italian Herb Seasoning and freshly crushed black pepper
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Mixed it with my hands, then formed these lil guys. The recipe says to bake at 450 for 15 – 20 mins, but I did a lil over 20 and they were perfect.

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Served them with a side of spicy black beans and a spinach salad, just too easy. Enjoy!
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