Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Four Letter Word That Starts With “F”

As a jewelry artist, I craft what may be known as Artisan Jewelry…often one-of-a-kind designs, handcrafted from a variety of metals, stones, found objects, and other materials of diverse origin.

Artisan jewelry may be further categorized as Fashion Jewelry, Costume Jewelry, Bridge Jewelry or “Fine” Jewelry depending on the whether the materials used are precious, semi-precious, natural, synthetic, expensive, inexpensive, real, artificial, etc, etc, etc.

Now, there’s that four letter word that starts with “F”…. FINE. Technically, Fine Jewelry is defined as being made from high grade precious metals such as Platinum, Gold & Silver, which may or may not be embellished with top grade precious gemstones. Designed for the discriminating eye and masterfully and meticulously crafted to the highest of standards.

My definition of “Fine” Jewelry is not limited to that which is most often offered. It does not exclude less expensive metals and semi-precious gemstones; it may include other natural materials, synthetic gems and even crystal or glass. Fine is a description of superior quality, appearance or skill. Therefore, any jewelry…”Fine”, Artisan, Costume, Bridge, can be considered FINE if it looks great, is great quality and is made using great skills.

Our SATeam members offer great examples of FINE Jewelry.

The SATeam blog features artisan handmade creations by the etsy starving artists jewelry team. SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current etsy shop owner members can be found at


faeriiidust said...

Ha! What a great take on the "F" word! Lovely pieces!

BeadSire said...

Great post and a fine selection of pieces you have selected!

For You Jewellery Designs said...

Awesome post - and a great play on the "F" word.
It's great to see the depth and diversity of this team.

tjrjewellery said...

Just like the many conversation we have as to what to call ourselves (artisans, metal smiths, etc), so too do we struggle to put a label on our pieces.

I like how you sum up that fine jewellery is less about what is used to make it, and more about the skill used to create it!