Handmade VS mass-produced jewellery: What’s the difference?

Whether you choose handmade for its artistic value or mass-produced for its affordability, the decision is a personal reflection of your style and values. Read on to learn more about the differences between handmade and mass-produced jewellery. 
Handmade VS mass-produced jewellery

Handmade VS mass-produced jewellery.

Jewellery is more than something pretty to wear – it can be a work of art. And, like most artworks, the process that went into making it can be just as impressive. But with so many different options out there, knowing what to look for can be tricky. So should you choose handmade or mass-produced?      

Crafted with care and worn with pride, our range of handmade jewellery at Claire Brooks Studio Gallery are pieces of beauty to be treasured for years to come. Our craftsmanship, attention to detail, and commitment to ethical practices make each piece in our jewellery collection a stunning masterpiece. 

Whether you choose handmade for its artistic value or mass-produced for its affordability, the decision is a personal reflection of your style and values. Read on to learn more about the differences between handmade VS mass-produced jewellery. 

What is handmade jewellery?

When it comes to handmade jewellery, each piece is a work of passion and talent. Every piece of jewellery is meticulously hand-crafted by an artisan (like us!) using traditional tools and techniques. 

At Claire Brooks, we create custom-made, bespoke jewellery so you can have the perfect piece that reflects who you are. For us, hand-making jewellery begins with a deep connection with our materials. We also draw inspiration from the natural world and experiment with a mix of precious metals and gemstones. 

The finished product? An asymmetrical yet balanced piece that reflects your style and speaks to your soul.

What is mass-produced jewellery?

Mass-produced jewellery is often created using automated technology and manufacturing techniques. Production often involves industrial machines and processes, creating identical pieces that can be mass-sold to shops worldwide.  

While the jewellery is generally consistent in shape and style, it lacks the personal touch and unique character of handmade pieces.  For many people, mass-produced jewellery lacks the soul and depth of handcrafted jewellery.

Handmade VS mass-produced jewellery: What are the differences?

Cost

The price of handmade jewellery is often more than mass-produced jewellery. Handcrafted pieces typically feature precious materials like gold, silver, semi-precious stones, and diamonds, emphasising both quality and craftsmanship. For example, we make all our jewellery, including necklaces, earrings, and engagement rings, with high-quality, premium metals and stones. And we source all our materials right here in Australia. 

While mass-produced jewellery is often made using precious materials, the consistency and quality may vary. Low-quality stones and thin metal may reduce the initial cost of a piece. However, this will ultimately result in a piece of jewellery that will wear out quickly and can be difficult to repair.

Quality 

The quality of handmade jewellery varies based on the materials used and the artisan’s skill. Artisans like us take great pride in our work, striving to create exceptional pieces. As a result, handmade jewellery tends to last longer due to the use of durable materials and our meticulous crafting techniques. 

At Claire Brooks, we use thicker material than typically used in mass-produced pieces. This ensures that with the proper care, your jewellery will stay beautiful for years to come. To keep your piece sparkling, we recommend visiting our studio every six months for a maintenance check and cleaning.

In contrast, while more affordable, mass-produced jewellery may lack the longevity and individuality found in handmade pieces.

Sustainability

Mass-produced jewellery often requires a lot of machinery to produce, which can add to the world’s pollution and carbon footprint. Handmade jewellery, on the other hand, can be created with limited tooling and is the best way to ensure that your next piece is both as ethical and sustainable as possible.  

Supporting local and Australian businesses is important to Claire Brooks. That’s why most of our materials and gemstones are sourced from ethical Australian mines. These mines are run by small operations that touch the planet lightly with low-tech mining procedures.  

Australia also has stricter laws and guidelines for the mining industry than other countries, ensuring that our pieces can be worn with a clear conscience.

Details

Handcrafted jewellery is made on a much smaller scale, allowing us to dedicate more time and attention to each piece. Artisans can scrutinise every aspect, resulting in beautifully finished jewellery every time. They also undergo a meticulous inspection, ensuring a higher level of quality.

Take our Embrace rings for an example. We hand-form white, yellow or rose gold and put it through our rollers until it stretches into the thickness we want, then file it all to shape by hand. We even create the tiny little settings using nothing more than our hands, tools and keen eyes. As you can imagine, this takes a long time, but the result is a truly stunning, unique ring. 

In contrast, mass-produced pieces are often designed to prioritise manufacturing speed and cost-effectiveness over craftsmanship and detail.

Bespoke

Unlike mass-produced jewellery, independent jewellers allow customers to customise each item, adding a meaningful, sentimental touch. This ensures that each piece is a unique reflection of the wearer’s personality and style.

At Claire Brooks Studio Gallery, we’re passionate about bringing new ideas and methods to the forefront of jewellery design. That’s why we love creating bespoke jewellery that reflects your unique personality. Our bespoke jewellery process can be broken down into four steps:  

  1. Contact us via our website, Instagram, or Facebook or visit the gallery in Glenelg, and we’ll discuss what you’re looking for. 
  2. We’ll then arrange a time to get into the nitty-gritty of what you’re after. In this meeting, we’ll unpack the story you want to express with your jewellery. 
  3. We will design up to three different concepts for you to choose from. 
  4. Then kick back and wait for the work to be done. You’ll soon have a beautiful piece of bespoke jewellery to cherish forever.  

When it comes to jewellery, there’s something truly special about pieces crafted by hand. Browse our handmade jewellery at our studio in Glenelg or explore our curated collection online. Discover the beauty of jewellery that tells a story, reflects your individuality, and stands the test of time.

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