Jewelry that is made by hand and minimal usage of machines. In earlier times, members of the elite and rich family had their own jewelers who designed excellent jewelry with their hands according to specific needs. Even though many new jewelers have come up, but the old tradition of handmade jewelry is still into existence and holds much of importance.
Handmade jewellery pieces were created as an indication of one's identity and social status. Personalized handmade jewellery is an important part of identifying past cultures.
Almost all jewellery was made by hand until recent years. Some handmade jewellery items could be found in museums, date back thousands of years. Archaeological digs have revealed primitive jewellery items like stone carvings, carved bones or animal teeth strung together that were likely worn as jewellery and found in burial sites of many ancient cultures.
Throughout history, the craftspeople that made handmade jewellery were classified as individual artisans that personalised each piece. In the Middle Ages, artisans passed on knowledge to apprentices who would improve on handmade jewellery techniques. After the Victorian era, mass produced jewellery started to surface, after generations of apprenticeships and professional artistry had refined handmade jewellery techniques. The manufacture of jewellery on a larger scale came about with improved methods of reproduction and society was better able to afford jewellery due to changing economic factors.