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To Choose Fashion Jewelry Beads


One of the biggest factors in choosing handmade jewelry is quality. Quality refers to the appearance of the piece as well as the durability of it. Some jewelry is made by welding pieces together. Others are made with epoxy or glue. Still other pieces are made with neither of those things, and use instead a method called wire wrapping to make the jewelry.

In addition to the method used to create the jewelry, you need to consider what the jewelry is made of. What type of metal is it? What type of beads are used in making the jewelry? These are important questions to ask. The more durable or precious the metal the better off you will be with the piece. In addition, you want to avoid plastic beads.

Obviously things made of plastic or with epoxy or glue will not be of good quality. If you buy these pieces at all you should not pay much for them. However, many people do not realize that wire wrapping is of higher quality than welded pieces. This is because the welding may come loose over time or with the wrong type of pressure. Wire wrapping on the other hand can last for centuries.


Another thing to consider is what will be required to care for the piece. The piece should not require any special care instructions, especially if you are getting it for a young girl. This leaves out silver as it must be kept in an air tight space and be polished from time to time. Copper may also be an unwise choice, as it develops a patina over time and must also be cleaned specially. However, galvanized metal or wire is a great material for those who can wear it. It has no special care necessary, and can be cleaned using regular soap and water if it becomes dirty.

Consider Allergies

If you or the person you are buying jewelry for have allergies to certain metals, you will want to be very careful in choosing your handmade jewelry. Most handmade jewelry is made of “fake” metals like galvanized metal. However, these individuals may not require a piece of gold jewelry either. Often those with metal allergies are fine with copper or fine silver jewelry. Look for handmade pieces with these metals if you are unsure about metal allergies.

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