How to Give a Gift from the Heart for any Occasion
Beading and jewelry making can be one of the most rewarding handcrafts. 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, 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 generation after generation of people and can even communicate to others exactly what country or origin we are from. For example, wearing Indian jewelry can immediately tell others that you have genuine Indian ancestors and/or ancestors who value 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 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 I am use to in my own handmade jewelry box. 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,