A few weeks ago in Part One, I discussed 5 great reasons to Buy Australian Artisan Jewellery. Following on Part Two looks at another 5 great reasons to support Australian handmade jewellery.
1. Environmentally Friendly:
Many contemporary designers & Artists use recycled materials in their work which means less waste and landfill. The metals used in Melanie Hay Jewellery for example is only purchased from companies that recycle metal.
Also because Artisans can only produce a limited number of pieces, their carbon footprint is much less compared to factory made, mass produced jewellery manufacturers.
2. Honest pricing:
Most Handmade Artisan jewellery is not ridiculously marked up compared to high profile designer brands or jewellery retail stores. Instead it is priced to provide a sustainable living for the maker.
3. Support Creativity & Individualism:
By purchasing Artisan jewellery you are supporting the handmade/handcrafted industry and economy, which enables new and creative ideas to continually emerge and future artisans to make a living out of their independant designs.
4. Support Small Business:
When you buy handmade jewellery from an Australian Artisan, you are supporting Australian small business which is an integral part of the Australian economy.
5. Personalised Service & Product Knowledge:
Unlike the mass produced jewellery market, Artisans value the feedback, personal interaction and support of their customers.
Artists & designers have an intimate knowledge of the story behind their work & are more than happy to share this with their customers so that they may appreciate the creative & technical processes involved.
So next time your thinking about purchasing jewellery for yourself or as a gift for someone special, consider buying Australian Artisan Jewellery.
If you can think of some other great reasons, I’d love to hear from you too.