It seems we have come full circle in how we manufacture goods. Before the arrival of machinery everything had to be made by hand using limited tools and equipment. The industrial revolution hit, goods became mass produced and this often made them less expensive and better quality. This grew and grew until mass produced became too mass market and there was a return to quality handmade goods. The great thing is, that because of the industrial revolution the craft worker now had better tools and could not only rival the quality of mass produced goods, they could better it.
So what is handmade jewellery and how does it differ from mass produced? Below is a photo gallery of the process of making an engagement ring by hand and then an explanation on how mass production in jewellery is carried out. Most people are surprised to hear that in the case of a handmade ring we start with a bar or sheet of metal rather than a crucible of molten metal….