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How to Prevent Allergies When Wearing Handmade Jewelry

For over twenty-five years we have been making and selling handmade jewelry. Over that time we have met many people who have sensitive skin and have allergies to metal. We make copper handcrafted jewelry so many customers have asked our advice on various topics regarding metal allergies.

Hummingbird Jewelry, Handmade Earrings

Hummingbird Jewelry Earrings

 

The most common complaint is regarding ear wires. When choosing handmade earrings, always select hypo-allergenic or surgical steel ear wires, as this is the least reactive type of metal. Sterling silver and even gold have trace amounts of other metals which can cause an allergic reaction. Surgical steel ear wires are the safest choice if you are buying handmade earrings as a gift and do not know how the person reacts to metals. Cleaning the ear wires with rubbing alcohol before wearing will also reduce any allergic reaction.

 

 

 

 

There are some people who use jewelry cleaners available commercially to care for their handmade jewelry. If you choose to use these be sure that you remove any residue completely. Some of the chemicals used to clean silver and copper jewelry can also cause an allergic reaction if it comes in contact with the skin, especially bracelets and colorful handcrafted rings.

Handmade Butterfly Rings

Butterfly Colorful Rings

Colorful Handmade Rings

Handmade Horse Rings

Unique Rings in Colorful Wolf Design

Colorful Wolf Rings

Southwest Native Jewelry Rings

Colorful Native Art Rings

 

 

 

 

Also keep in mind that dangle earrings with surgical steel ear wires will cause less irritation than stud earrings or post earrings as there is less metal in contact with the skin. Along the same line of thinking, lightweight handmade earrings are always preferable compared with heavy earrings that can stretch the ear lobes. Not only can this be quite painful, it can also cause swelling, irritation and cause head aches so avoid heavy earrings altogether.

Handmade Rings in Colorful Maple Leaf Art

Colorful Maple Leaf Rings

 

 

 

 

Many people have reactions when their skin comes into contact with copper jewelry. Copper oxidizes by darkening and then turning green, just as sterling does so by tarnishing and iron does so by rusting. It is a natural process but the environment determines how quickly it happens. It happens faster in high humidity, but the speed of oxidation is also determined by the body chemistry of different people. Some people wear copper every day and it never turns their skin green while other people wear it and it turns in one day. Some people can turn sterling dark in one day, as well.

Handmade Unique Rings

Handmade Jewelry Rings

 

 

 

 

We always use a clear lacquer finish on all our copper handmade jewelry so that it does not react with the skin. You can seal your copper jewelry so that it cannot tarnish by coating it at home with a clear acrylic spray paint. Be careful to make sure that the piece of jewelry is completely clean, dry and free from finger prints.

Anyone who has allergic reactions to metals should use common sense when wearing handmade jewelry. Always keep your metal handcrafted jewelry clean. Do not wear metal or copper jewelry if it is hot and humid, or you are participating in sports. Sweating will increase the chances of skin rashes, as will any activity involving water like swimming or gardening. Ask when buying handmade jewelry to learn how to care for handmade jewelry as every type may have special cleaning requirements to keep them looking new.
 

 

How to Sell Handmade Jewelry Handcrafted Earrings Bracelets on Consignment

If you want your handmade jewelry business to succeed then first of all your handmade earrings and handmade bracelets have to be exceptional. The quality of work has to be better than other handmade jewelry artisans and the components have to be unusual and high quality also. Your designs have to be unique and creative but most of all the colors and textures have to be balanced and complimentary. Your handmade jewelry has to stand out from the crowd and be extraordinary. People are not going to buy handmade earrings and handmade bracelets if they could make it themselves.

Cat Jewelry Cat Bracelets, Handmade Bracelets, Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

Handmade Bracelets, Animal Jewelry Cat Bracelets, Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

Once you have established a unique line of handmade jewelry that sells well with a variety of designs and items you may want to begin to sell at wholesale jewelry prices to retail stores. Most importantly for the wholesale jewelry business you must be able to make your unique handcrafted jewelry quickly, with high quality and sell at a reasonable price.

There are a number of ways to begin selling your handmade jewelry wholesale. Many times you will find that retail gift store owners attend local art and craft shows looking for new handmade jewelry lines. Wholesale gift shows are a great way of meeting buyers from regional markets but tend to be quite expensive when starting out. Selling your handmade jewelry on consignment is a good way to become established.

When you sell on consignment you leave your handmade earrings and handmade bracelets on display in a store, the store collects the money, then pays you after the handcrafted jewelry pieces are sold. It is an advantage to the store because they do not have to invest in buying stock nor are they stuck with anything that does not sell. You have the advantage of all their customers looking at and buying your handmade jewelry! Consignment is a good way to get your foot in the door. Once they see that your handcrafted jewelry is selling well hopefully they will buy outright at wholesale jewelry prices.

Handmade Earrings, Unique Handcrafted Jewelry, Wildlife Jewelry Wolf Earrings

Wolf Jewelry Wolf Earrings, Handmade Earrings, Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

It is best to do some investigating before you approach anyone about buying your handmade jewelry. Actually go to a store and look around to see what they sell. If it is the kind of store that your jewelry would stand out, ask the sale clerk when the owner or manager is available. Be confident and show some samples of your best selling handmade earrings and handmade bracelets. If the manager is not available ask for a business card, then later call to set up an appointment with the owner or manager. Slowly travel to around the area and sell to all the best stores in the area.

When consigning jewelry it is your responsibility to keep the display full and dusted. Perhaps you could make a routine of checking on the stores and their stock every two weeks. You will want to take away items that are not selling well and make sure there is extra stock of the best selling designs. It is important to keep records of what jewelry you leave at the store and what jewelry has sold since the last time you were in. Carry extra stock with you at all times so the display is always full. Most stores will keep track of your account and are often quite surprised at how well your handmade earrings and handmade bracelets have sold.

Needless to say every jewelry artisan would prefer that store owners buy their jewelry outright. Consignment ties up a lot of stock with no money in your pocket until after the sale. It might help to offer incentives like free jewelry or bigger discounts if they buy outright.

Sometimes there are accounting problems where your records and the records of the store do not match. When this happens you could run into trouble getting the store to pay what they owe. Usually it is due to shop lifting, they did not sell it and it is not there. Many store owners will only pay what is in their records. You must be careful of the type of store and where the display is located so that shop lifting does not occur.

Although you have to be careful when putting your handmade jewelry into a store on consignment, we have had these stores become very good wholesale jewelry customers. It is hard for a gift shop owner to buy handcrafted jewelry outright without any knowledge of your product. Once they have the experience of how well your handmade earrings and handmade bracelets sell they are more willing to purchase the best selling designs as wholesale jewelry.

How to Choose Best Wholesale Handmade Jewelry for Your Gift Shop

When planning or deciding about starting your own handmade jewelry business you must decide what types of handcrafted jewelry you will sell. A wide range of handmade earrings and handmade bracelets could be sold. Focus first on handmade jewelry that captures your interest. Every individual has different likes and dislikes so you need to find unique jewelry designs that will interest a variety of customers in order to succeed in the handmade jewelry business.

Handmade Earrings, Butterfly Jewelry Earrings, Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

Butterfly Jewelry Earrings, Handmade Earrings, Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

Choosing handmade jewelry from a wholesale jewelry supplier needs to be a wise decision. If you are interested in handcrafted jewelry that you have found on the internet, check on the testimonials of other customers who have purchased handmade jewelry from this website. If the comments praised and appreciate the product, then you can see the type of stores that are doing well with that jewelry. If the types of gift shops are similar to yours or fall into your niche area then you can be confident that you would be able to do well with the handmade earrings and handmade bracelets that are available.

With a lot of different types of handmade jewelry to choose from, it is wise to be observant and attentive about what is in fashion. Check at other area stores and the style of handcrafted jewelry that is popular. When you are on vacation again be aware of the types of handmade jewelry they are selling. Choosing a recognized line of handmade jewelry will increase the chances of being successful.

Handmade jewelry wholesalers have their responsibility too, to deliver high quality handcrafted jewelry in a wide range of unique jewelry designs at reasonable wholesale jewelry prices. By selecting a handmade jewelry artisan with a large assortment of styles and designs you will be able to offer your handcrafted jewelry customers a great variety of handmade earrings and handmade bracelets that will be sure to please every customer.

Handmade Bracelets, Animal Jewelry Dragonfly Bracelets, Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

Dragonfly Jewelry Bracelets, Handmade Bracelets, Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

Choosing to create a niche for your store can be important to be successful. Look carefully at your own favorite stores and try to create a similar atmosphere with the use of the types and styles of unique handmade jewelry. Following a niche theme will also narrow your choices of handcrafted jewelry. You can choose a wide theme such as nature, western, wildlife,  animal jewelry or Native jewelry. On the other hand, you could select a specific niche such as butterfly jewelry, horse jewelry or cat jewelry. The niche that you decide on will shape your decisions and make it easier for you to make a name for yourself in that handmade jewelry niche. Too narrow of a niche market will restrict the types of customers so you must be thought into your business plan.

The procedure is the same with whatever type of business you have in mind. Difficulties like searching for the perfect handmade jewelry wholesaler is just a normal process for every business endeavor. Just remember that whatever unique handcrafted jewelry that you decide on, it is the hard work that you put into your business is what will determine your overall success.

There are some points to pay attention to in order to find the best handmade jewelry for your gift shop. You can read more about buying handmade jewelry unique bracelets and handcrafted earrings for your gift store.