Jewelry can be beautiful and extremely valuable, but many people don’t understand why. How it's designed, who makes it, and where it comes from determines real value. One of the biggest differences? Handmade jewelry vs. casting jewelry. Let us explain.
Handmade jewelry is, as its name suggests, crafted by hand from start to finish. The crafting is in reference to the creation of the ring itself (usually out of platinum or gold) as well as the prongs and setting, in which the diamond or gemstones are set. The advantage of handmade jewelry is you can do more but with less—producing a finer piece that is actually stronger. The disadvantage of buying handmade jewelry is that it's more expensive than mass produced casting jewelry.
Non-handmade jewelry, also known as casting jewelry is made from pouring liquid metal into pre-made molds. The advantage of casting jewelry is you can make more of them for less money. The disadvantage is there is a significant drop in quality.
Now, it's important to note that you can have really poorly made handmade jewelry and you can have really well made casting jewelry. But the key fact is that the best handmade jewelry is significantly better, rarer, more durable, and finer than the best casting jewelry.
In short, handmade jewelry requires less metal, and produces a stronger finished product. You can do more with less. With handmade, you are able to use the exact amount of metal necessary, which allows for sleek and delicate finished products. Interestingly, the handmade method also allows jewelers to make stronger jewelry, because the setting is sculpted around the exact dimensions of diamonds or gemstones in use. Since stones are always slightly different from one another, casting jewelry is built for flexibility and can work with a range of stones—as a result it has to use more metal and looks bulkier.