I was talking with Isaac some time back about a magazine that I really liked. Its called “departures”. Its an Am Ex magazine and its whole purpose it just to show you really high end stuff (cars, jewelry, vacations, etc) I enjoy looking at the ads. As many of you know I am in marketing so I am always looking at different types of advertisements. I like seeing the trends in the market place.
I thought that Isaac would want to do the same with some of the jewelry in the magazine. He told me that he doesn’t like to look at other peoples jewelry to much because he doesn’t want to be overly influenced by it. His goal is to create his own designs from his own dreams/thoughts/imagination.
I wanted to share that because I think there are many artists out there who do the exact same thing and that is what qualifies them as an artists in my book. The “silversmith” can shape the metal which is really impressive but they don’t always see the designs in their minds eye year after year. The artist has true inspiration that probably never dies as long as they are going about things in a healthy way (I mean not burning out).
True art speaks to you when you see it. You know you are looking at something original and that means something. If you are planning on buying a piece this year go for the art. It will be timeless and you will take a part of the artists with you when you make the purchase. That’s special.
From time to time customers will ask about a custom piece of jewelry. To some degree all Native American Jewelry is custom if it truly made “by hand”. Where we have the difference is when you want the piece made for you to be made for you and only for you.
Usually whena piece is made for you and only you there is a very high mark up. When you leave with that design you take a part of the artist with you that is never shared with any other. Some believe you take a dream from that artist when have a “one of a kind” piece created. I don’t know how much stock some may put into that idea, but I personally believe it with a whole heart.
I know artist who get that “one of a kind” order and they think of it for months before they even start. They think of the buyer, they think of what they know of buyer and start thier process.
Most artist don’t really want to give that “one of a kind” piece away. They know it is a part of them and they really hate to see it go. On our site we really only show pics or slide shows of that work. We do not make them available in mass quantity because or our agreement with our buyers. On Redhandjewelry.com we make our jewelry by hand but only certain pieces will not be duplicated. We enjoy what we do on all our work, but the “one of a kind” pieces hold a special place in our hearts.
Let us start your piece today. Whether it is a small piece you see on our site of a drawing you send to use for a concept we will do our very best to make you happy.