Handmade Welsh Gold Jewellery
Jewellery, at its heart, can be a very personal gift. One, that if it resonates with the person, may be worn everyday, for the whole world to see. That’s why when purchasing jewellery, people should consider handmade, to give that gift the extra personal touch that is absent from store bought jewellery.
The Beauty of Handmade
Handmade jewellery can trace its roots back to prehistoric times where jewellery was made of shells, stones and bones to signify status or rank. Over time, after the introduction of metal, jewellery making techniques became more sophisticated and more intricate.
Nowadays, most store bought jewellery is Mass produced and sold via multiple jewellery outlets, usually created on CAD software. Here at Welsh Gold Company our pieces are designed in house (Cardiff South Wales) from start to finish each item is individually completed by hand. This also gives us the flexibility to make up in various metals and the possibilities of customising for that bespoke piece .We are proud of the fact that the majority of our pieces are made to order in Silver 9ct ,18ct, white ,yellow and Rose gold by our resident craftsmen which we think adds to the exclusivity and rarity of Welsh Gold Company Jewellery .
Why Choose Handmade Jewellery?
There are many reasons to choose handmade jewellery over mass produced, machine made jewellery. These can range from the quality and the craftsmanship involved to the exclusivity of the pieces.
One of the more persuasive reasons for buying handmade is the story each piece can tell, which is something that can’t be said for mass produced Jewellery. As an example, at Welsh Gold Company we try to convey the beauty of Wales in each piece we create, be that our Welsh gold rings or our welsh inspired earrings.
Exclusivity is another good reason for buying handmade jewellery. Machines can make many pieces of identical jewellery using the same molds but when a piece of jewellery is handmade, it makes it rather unique in that no piece is going to be identical which makes handmade jewellery rather special. In addition, exclusivity means that you are unable to buy these pieces everywhere like most jewellery which gives them an air of individuality.
In the end, both hand made jewellery and mass produced pieces have their merit but we believe that hand made jewellery can give that special ring, pendant or wedding band an extra something that your loved one will love.
Browse our Handmade Welsh Gold Rings
At The Welsh Gold Company, we pride ourselves on our intricate and distinctive welsh gold jewellery, all of which are handmade using traditional techniques passed down through generations of Welsh goldsmiths.
The Lost Art of Handmade Jewellery
Unlike the more automated and impersonal way of making jewellery, handmade jewellery uses the tools and techniques passed down through history. Tools such as; Files, jewellers cutters, jewellers saw frame & blades and a rawhide mallet would have been used by our ancestors at one point in time to create magnificent, beautiful pieces of jewellery, many of which still exist today. There are many techniques that can be used to create beautiful and unique handmade jewellery, from simple techniques such as Beaded Jewelry to more advanced techniques such as Fabricated Jewelry.
Handmade Fabricated Jewellery
Jewelry fabrication is a broad term to describe basic jewellery assembly to more intricate pieces where precious metal pieces such as gold or silver are joined to other pieces by soldering or welding them into position. These pieces are created by “Bench Jewellers” who excel in creating jewelry from scratch using precious and semi-precious gems and metals, often using laser engraving and soldering.
Beaded jewellery is a simpler, easier way to create handmade jewellery but can be just as elegant and beautiful as the more complex fabricated technique. Beaded Jewellery can be made from Gemstones, glass beads or crystal beads for a more elegant, high class look or cheaper Lucite and plastic for a more down to earth feel.
Enameling is a centuries old technique whereby powdered glass is fused to a surface using extremely high temperature, often between 1300 to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. Most base metals work with enameling rather well and can produce breathtaking pieces of jewellery that have a signature, bright glazed look that is considered eye-catching.