by Tarsa Blake
Why buy jewelry? Why wear jewelry? What is it for? Why do we love it?
Jewelry is a portable, personal work of art that you can wear and enjoy constantly. A piece of jewelry is a creative work that satisfies not only the expressive and creative needs of the designer and maker, but also appeals to the imagination and emotions of the wearer.
Jewelry fulfills many human needs from social to spiritual. It can signify where you stand in the world economically or socially.
From a spiritual viewpoint, jewelry can display your aesthetic tastes, your artistic slant. And jewelry can be symbolic, as evidenced not only by more primitive cultures, but also by our own, sometimes in the piece itself, but often in how it is worn.
Jewelry even represents the giving and receiving of love, not only as in the giving of a piece of jewelry as a gift, but the love of the jewelry maker for his craft, passed on to the wearer through the medium of the jewelry itself.
Then again, just to be very basic, from a woman's viewpoint, jewelry is just pretty. It makes you feel pretty just wearing it. It adds a little something to any outfit from jeans and a T-shirt to an evening gown.
And when you feel pretty, people will notice. Think about all those compliments you get when you wear a really pretty and unique piece of jewelry!
Handmade sterling silver jewelry, in specific, has its advantages. It is, relatively speaking, affordable.
In the past year or so, the price of sterling silver has tripled, so perhaps it is a little less affordable than it used to be. But even with that aspect figured in, sterling silver is still the preferable precious metal in terms of price.
How about disadvantages to sterling silver jewelry? Well, granted there will always be tarnish, although there are better ways to handle it nowadays.
There are available many types of polishing cloths and anti-tarnish zip-lock bags in which to store your jewelry. See our article on Caring for Your Handmade Sterling Silver Jewelry for more information.
Tarnish-deterring alloys of sterling silver are now available. These alloys contain non-oxidizing agents to minimize tarnish. Plating is also sometimes used to decrease tarnish. Both of these solutions are more expensive than the standard sterling alloy.
Another nice thing about handmade sterling silver jewelry is that you can find some really artistic and unique pieces out there that can express your own inner feelings about art and beauty.
Handmade sterling silver jewelry can be really beautiful when made well and polished to a perfect glimmering shine. The glowing silver is an echo of shimmering water under a sunny sky.
So, why jewelry? Why not! It makes a statement, symbolizes aspects of your place in society, satisfies your need for artistry in your life, and just basically makes you feel good.
And handmade sterling silver jewelry is a miniature work of art that will delight and inspire you for years to come.