What makes a hand-crafted item different than a mass-
The adjective "artisanal" is sometimes used in describing hand-processing in what is usually viewed as an industrial process.
Inexpensive jewelry, mass produced, usually in countries that pay very low wages, can pump out attractive jewelry but what are you really getting? Do you know for instance that the sterling silver piece you bought really is sterling, or is it some diluted metal that may have a little silver in it or will tarnish almost immediately?
Paying a little more for a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind piece of work, that takes one person many hours of design and crafting results in you owning a piece of that person's heart, joy and skill.
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