In this fast world that we are living in, we are constantly presented with the choice between cheaply made, mass produced products or good quality. The world has exploded with fast and disposable fashion, very brief trends over classic style. Clothes and accessories are manufactured cheaply and brought to the mass market, ignoring pollution and shoddy workmanship. Fast fashion has also come under criticism for contributing to poor working conditions in developing countries.
Jewellery has gone down the fast track as well. These days big chain retailers produce all their jewellery in big factories (mostly in China) using poor quality castings, questionable grades of diamonds or artificially produced emeralds, rubies or sapphires. The result is a wasteland of mass produced, cheap jewellery.
Long are the days where most jewellery was meticulously hand made by a Jeweller and a properly trained Stone Setter.
The good news is that there are still a few independent, small, designer jewellery shops in Melbourne.
Some of us still hand make exclusive, one off pieces, using skilled workmanship and quality stones. We design individual pieces of jewellery specifically for individual clients.
The choice is yours. Are you going sacrifice quality and uniqueness for a cheaply made, mass produced piece of jewellery