Imitation jewelry and handmade jewelry

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Imitation jewelry is a type of jewelry that has meanings. All the animal symbols have meanings and historical stories behind them. All these stories and legends behind the Chinese designs for jewelry and crafts make them more valuable for people who cherish this meaningful ancient art form.

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Imitation jewelry and handmade jewelry

  1. 1. Imitation Jewelry and Handmade Jewelry Imitation Jewelry Imitation jewelry is a type of jewelry that has meanings. All the animal symbols have meanings and historical stories behind them. All these stories and legends behind the Chinese designs for jewelry and crafts make them more valuable for people who cherish this meaningful ancient art form. Animals, sun, moon and nature plays a big role in Chinese cultures. In Chinese jewelry and art you will always see representations, symbols and totemic designs of animals and nature. Each animal and nature has meanings and stories behind that goes back centuries told from father to son. For example the bear is a symbol of power, strength and healing. The Bear is held in high respect by all, as it is beloved as an elder family member of the human race. When hunted and killed the body of the bear was generally taken to the chief’s dwelling and showered in eagle down, which is a gracious symbol of welcoming friendship. There is no meaning if you are not fully ‘into’ culture. There is no real connection if you don’t know what you are doing. If you want to know what the eagle represents? In a word; God. But that is just one word. Here are a few more: The power, the challenge, the knowledge, nature, culture, the connection, the bridge. The eagle can
  2. 2. represent many things, depending on the tribe. The circle can represent life. The eagle is the master of the sky, carries prayers, and is known for itch courage and wisdom. Chinses metalwork jewelry, before colonization, the metalwork used in imitation jewelry making was fairly simple. The craftsmen would mainly hammer metals such as silver and copper to make jewelry pieces such as pendants, earrings, and even necklaces. They would then etch the design on the surface of the metal. Imitation jewelry has a very rich history. Chinese people have been making and wearing jewelry since time began. Finding all sorts of ways to decorate their bodies, faces, clothing, etc… Sometimes to show status within their social setting, and sometimes just to attract a mate. What some people find attractive, other definitely do not. Different tribes used different unique jewelry designs according where they lived. Different animal, wildlife and nature symbols gained different values of importance in their cultures. The differences in the symbols, patterns and designs come from their own interpretations of the colors, animals, nature and wildlife. The different surroundings and environments they lived in really dictated what was available to them to work with in creating their Imitation jewelry designs. Handmade Jewelry
  3. 3. A lot of handcrafted jewelry makers work throughout the day putting together new jewelry pieces and buying jewelry wholesale supplies for that next bracelet or pair of earrings. One good way to avoid that jewelry making burn out while still using your jewelry design talents is to begin offering jewelry repair services! Making jewelry is a challenging hobby and it can be very lucrative, but it can also suck out your creativity if you’re making a lot of unique jewelry designs and then spending lots of energy putting together the materials for each piece over and over. Instead of making a bracelet from scratch, you generally need to take someone else’s jewelry pattern and find pieces to replace lost or broken jewelry pieces that either match the rest of the jewelry piece or at least compliment it. Repairing jewelry requires a slightly different approach to purchasing fashion jewelry supplies because you’ll need to have lots of clasps, pendants and wire available. You’ll also want think about using a decent jewelry supply database software package to track what jewelry pieces you have in stock, what you’ll need to buy soon and where you can get them for the cheapest price. Repairing custom jewelry uses your jewelry making talents and will usually present some unique challenges. Here are some other tips to remember when you start repairing jewelry for clients: Even though a clasp is not broken, you may want to suggest replacing it before it does fall apart. Keep an eye out for structural aging in older jewelry pieces. Remember to price yourself in line with the going rates. Many times you’ll be repairing a piece of jewelry that holds a special meaning or is particularly liked by your client. You are providing a service of not just fixing a piece of jewelry, but often you’re helping restore a memory or feeling! Lastly, remember to have fun with it! Both fixing handmade jewelry and creating your own jewelry are fun ways to earn some extra money, but it’s up to you to find the right balance to keep you happy and making money at the same time. You can generally charge just as much to fix a jewelry piece as you would to create it. But since are often working with existing jewelry supplies fixing a piece of jewelry can be much more profitable.

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