Handmade jewelry (or handmade jewellery) is jewelry which has been assembled and formed by hand rather than through the use of machines.
The oldest handmade jewelry trademark is in Florence, Italy.
According to the guidelines of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in order to be stamped or called “handmade” in United States, the work must be made solely by hand power or hand guidance. This means that jewelry may be made using drills, lathes, or other machinery, but it must be guided by the human hand.
This precludes the use of punch presses, CNC machinery, and casting, to name a few processes the use of which would make the jewelry not qualify as “handmade”. Beyond that, handmade jewelry can be made out of any material and with a wide variety of techniques.
Awards for handmade jewelry include:
- American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards
- Gem Center Idar Oberstein Awards, named for Idar Oberstein.
- De Beers Awards