One of the advantages for jewellers as they go about designing handmade jewellery is that they donít need to bother about the established standards. Every age goes through some trends in jewellery and most people are happy to ride the trend. They visit the standard jewellery stores and pick up the standard engagement rings and other pieces of jewellery and they are happy and content with their purchase. But there are people that want something different and handmade engagement rings are tailor-made for these differently minded people.
During the times when machines were not in use for jewellery making all the jewellery that was produced was handmade jewellery. So, one way to ensure that you are choosing from handmade engagement rings is to buy antique jewellery. However, you have to know how to identify antique jewellery because many fake items of jewellery are traded off as antique stuff. You can either go for branded items or you can look for hallmarks that will tell you whether a necklace or a ring is antique or not.
But antique jewellery is not preferred by one and all. When you see antique handmade engagement rings you will find that many of them are rather large in size. A modern woman may not prefer such large rings. She probably has a job to do and carrying that large sized ring on her finger to work could be disconcerting as well as embarrassing. Modern jewellery for women is smaller in size keeping up with her outdoor status as of now. Instead of large many women prefer discrete now and if this is what your intended's preference is you may want to opt for modern handmade jewellery designed keeping this point in mind.
But yes, there are some common features of antique and modern handmade jewellery. You will find that almost all the items of jewellery are unique. Handmade jewellery is designed by hand. The production process may involve machines but the final guidance for production should involve human hands only. So, even when some form or machinery is used in the designing of handmade engagement rings there are bound to be some unique differences in all the pieces. This is why it is extremely unlikely that two handmade pieces of jewellery will be identical. And this is where the joy of possessing handmade jewellery lies.
Another common feature pertains to the quality of handmade jewellery. Only the best jewellery craftsmen are given the job of designing handmade jewellery. When this is the case it is obvious that the quality of the materials and the quality of the design will be better than standard, machine made jewellery. Hence, if you are planning to buy a handmade engagement ring you should be prepared to pay slightly more. This is common across jewellers in the United Kingdom.
Handmade jewellery is sheer magic. When someone chooses from the best looking handmade engagement rings and presents it to their intended she is flattered becomes an understatement. She is swept off her feet is a more appropriate description.