How to Give a Gift from the Heart for any Occasion

Beading and jewelry making can be one of the most rewarding hand crafts. All it takes is some basic supplies, a little personal creativity, and you are able to adorn yourself as well as others with beautiful handmade bead jewelry. Often these designs communicate your inner feelings and personal sense of style.

Jewelry crafting has been around for thousands of years. Hand crafted jewelry has been a symbol of social status, wealth and spirituality throughout all of human history. There are many cultures who think their handcrafted jewelry and gemstones possess magical and/or healing powers.

Today, many people view their jewelry, especially handcrafted jewelry as much more than mere decorations. Jewelry is used today to symbolize love and commitment, religion, politics, our many life experiences, the birth of children and important memories.

One piece of jewelry can mean much more to a person than just the color, or the look or what other piece of clothing we have on to match that piece of jewelry. Our choices in jewelry helps us and others around us to understand “who we are.” We communicate many different kinds of messages while we wear our jewelry. Are you a mother? Our choice in jewelry can prove that we are without saying a word to confirm that we are. Are you married? Of course a piece of jewelry can tell the world that you are married, in love and devoted to one special person. Are you a dedicated teacher? Even our professional life can be communicated by the choices of jewelry we wear.

Making jewelry and bead work utilizes the very same practices people of ancient times used. These practices have been passed down through generation after generation of people and can even communicate to others exactly what country or origin we are. For example, wearing Indian jewelry can immediately tell others that you have genuine Indian ancestors and ancestors who valued the art of making jewelry.

Handmade designs are special because you made them to exact specifications by your own hand. There is a special satisfaction in making your own jewelry as it portrays exactly what you love and fits you perfectly. Since I have been making bead jewelry, nothing else anywhere else satisfies me like a pair of earrings, bracelet or necklace made from genuine gemstones or carefully cut out faceted glass beads. I can tell the difference very quickly and I often reject anything of lesser quality than what I am use to in my own handmade jewelry. You become like as “one” to the beads you love. There is a very special relationship between the jewelry artisan and their beads. I always avoid the cheaply made, mass manufactured jewelry I one time chose to wear from retail outlets who buy their merchandise in bulk from mass jewelry making manufacturers. Handcrafted and especially that in which I make is my absolute favorite and choice now.

Handmade bead jewelry is often very similar to the kind of designer jewelry you can find in expensive jewelry boutiques and department stores and made at a fraction of the cost. Gift giving becomes far less challenging when you discover the world of handcrafted bead jewelry, either making it yourself, or buying it from other jewelry artisans. When the box is opened and your recipients see a beautiful hand crafted bracelet or necklace like they cannot readily see at the local retail outlet, you will hear a sudden “ahhhh” as if to gasp from the sudden scene of handcrafted bead jewelry.

There is probably one most important reward for giving handcrafted bead jewelry as gifts for special occasions and that is the jewelry can serve any purpose and match any kind of outfit your recipient has. This reward is much unlike anything else you would ever purchase in a local retail jewelry outlet. Your choices are so limited. Do you have a special person on your gift list who is very difficult to buy for? Watch them carefully and observe the style of clothing they wear, then gift them with beautiful bead jewelry. Your gift will most likely become one of their favorites.

If the people on your gift list loves fashion, become their personal fashion designer and gift them with jewelry that reflects their own personal fashionable style. If they are interested in history or a particular culture, religion or spiritual path, search for bead jewelry to reflect their interests.

Whether you are a bead artisan yourself or you are just interested in giving handcrafted bead jewelry as gifts, your journey through the handcrafted bead jewelry shops will bring you more personal creativity and enrichment.

I hope to see you in my shop soon. Visit Carmilita Earrings to see all the beautiful jewelry I have hand crafted and make your next gift to the special people on your gift list a “new” follower of handcrafted bead jewelry.

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How to Choose a Pair of Handmade Earrings as a Gift

It has been said many times that a woman is never fully dressed until she puts her earrings on! With that being said, choosing earrings as a gift for someone else, of course, has many things to consider. Some of those considerations include:

  • pierced or clipped
  • allergy to certain materials
  • how much weight will there be upon the ears and is there a preference
  • how long does the recipient prefer earrings
  • the hairstyle of a person you are choosing for
  • do they wear glasses
  • What is the face shape
  • are they for casual, professional or dinner date wear

Your first consideration is whether or not to choose earrings for pierced ears or the clip on kind. Many women and girls do not have their ears pierced. If you are making earrings to sell, try to come up with designs in which the findings can be swapped to make either pierced or clip on. If you are choosing a pair of earrings as a gift for someone else, you will need to know for sure if the ears are pierced or if the person prefers clip on style.

Allergic reactions is a huge consideration as many people are allergic to base metals. There are also individuals who can only wear real gold or silver. When making earrings for sale, it is a good idea to have earrings made with a variety of jewelry components to take into account the needs of people with allergies. I have allergies, but fortunate I am, not to any kind of earrings I have worn. When buying earrings as a gift, find out what the person can and cannot wear.

The weight of the beads and materials you use for making earrings is far more important than those used for bracelets or necklaces. You might consider using plastic or lightweight wood in some of your earring designs to accommodate those who have need to have extremely lightweight earrings. Gift giving earrings can be tricky here as well. Ask some questions about the earring weight your gift recipient might prefer.

For the most part, most of the earrings I make at the present time are fairly lightweight in my estimation. Yet, for someone else, they may not be. A variety of earrings made with plastic or lightweight wood might be a good idea for some jewelry artisans if you are making jewelry to maximize profits. I usually make what I would like to wear, so plastic or wood are not materials I normally use, however, I do use plastic flower beads which I think are cute.

When choosing earrings as a gift for someone else, be sure to question the person about the weight of the earrings they normally wear.

The length is something you must also take into consideration when designing earrings or choosing them as a gift. Drops and studs are the easiest to wear for most people as they are not obtrusive and will not get tangled up in the wearer’s hair.

There is some difference in drop earrings and dangle earrings. Drops are usually the shorter length and dangles are the longer lengths. Some dangle earrings can hang as long as 4 or more inches from the ear lobes and the weight can be quite a load to wear.

In fact, fashion now in the year of 2016 is it seems “bigger is better.” I personally prefer much shorter dangles or what is termed “drop earrings,” which generally hangs about 2 inches from the ear lobe, sometimes 3, but never any longer than this. Learn from your recipient of the gift what they prefer in length of their earrings.

The length of a woman’s hair truly makes a difference in the type of earring she can wear while wearing her hair down. She might not be comfortable in a pair of chandelier earrings as these may get tangled in her hair.

Does the recipient of your gift wear glasses. Many women do not like to wear earrings that may clash with the style or color of their glasses. This is an important consideration when trying to decide upon a gift of earrings.

What about the shape of her face? An elongated face may look even longer while wearing very long dangle earrings. Large hoops may not look good on a woman with a round face. Consider the face shape of the recipient of your gift, but do not be limited by this. Some people enjoy wearing all styles. Do some questioning before you purchase.

Is your gift for professional wear or going out on the town? Many jobs and professions require subtle jewelry, whereas, for a dinner date, you could probably go with big and bold.

These are just a few suggestions to consider before purchasing earrings as a gift and if you are a jewelry artisan the suggestions and tips also apply.

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