The world over, people have delighted in making and wearing various jewels. Jewellery has never lost its popularity. Every conceivable material has been fashioned into a piece of jewellery. Jewels are the finishing touch to our attire, we feel we need to wear something that tells the world “I’m married”, “I’m engaged”, “I’m wealthy and successful”. Jewels adorn our bodies and we adore them.
There are plenty of jewellery making kits on the Internet to get you started on this very interesting and creative hobby. From these jewellery making kits you can design you very own adornments, just as good and attractive all for a fraction of what they would cost on the high street. Good luck!
Jewellery making is an art of making decorative pieces that can be worn or attached to garments. Jewels include durable accessories such as rings, necklaces, badges, bracelets and earrings. The craft is prehistoric. Long ago animal teeth, seeds, sea shells were used to make decorative accoutrements. The craftsmanship started more than 5000 years ago in Egypt, North America and China. Jewels made of metal and gems were worn as symbol of status, a show of wealth or an identification of religious affiliation. Industrialization brought about the growth of jewellery making in the early 18th century through the introduction of expensive and precious metals such as diamonds, gold and platinum.
One must come up with appropriate designs before making jewels. Designs can be obtained from vintage collections, inventing new ones or modifying the current ones. The material to be used in the craft is another consideration. Jewels can be made from coins, gems, and some precious metal alloys. Bronze and copper has commonly been used in early times. Modern time’s ornaments are made from gold, platinum, titanium, silver, and palladium. Accessories and badges used on garments are made from stainless steel.
There are various methods that can be used to make ornaments. First, there is beading which is commonly found in necklaces, earrings, belts and rings. This method is popular particularly in North and South America, Africa and Asia. Beads come in different sizes and shapes. The beads can be made of glass, porcelain, metal, wood, and seeds. Beading is particularly a time consuming process. Secondly, some jewels are made from carvings. Soap stone and bone carving is mainly used in making of pendants and bracelets. Nowadays the soap stone are becoming scarce. In fact one has to import some from Africa or Asia. Thirdly, metal smithing is another jewel making method. Craftsmen work on some precious metals to produce forms that can be used to make ornaments. Smiths have to heat the metals to make them mouldable. In addition, the precious metals are expensive and difficult to mine.
Advanced technology has been applied in mining and metal forging making it the most popular jewel production method. Beading, smithing, and carving require expertise. Jewellery making remains a hobby and an occupation to many.