What are handicrafts?
Cambridge dictionary defines handicrafts as: “A skilled activity in which something is made in a traditional way with hands rather than being produced by machines in a factory, or an object made by such an activity.” Handicrafts include a wide variety of objects that are made by hand or by using simple tools.
Moreover, ideas and designs are so unique when it comes to handmade items, as they are the product of long hours of thinking and personal creativity. When it comes to materials, many materials can be used in handmade pieces depending on the crafters. Usually natural materials will be their first choice as skill and creativity will appear in the pieces they make.
Throughout history, handicrafts items played an important role in folk art in many cultures around the world and gave each culture its special taste.
Why do buy handcrafted products?
Usually, we buy products to use them one way or the other. Yet, we buy handicrafts to use them as well as support and preserve the art and craft.
In addition, with most handcrafted items usually made of natural, sustainable materials, by buying these items we can contribute to preserving our environment.
Most importantly, handmade items are made by a person who puts her/his soul and creativity in the piece she/he is making. This piece can’t be duplicated; it will look and feel unique.
Therefore, with a handmade gift, you will be giving something much more meaningful, and you are sure to send your message in an exceptional way.
“Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it” Flannery O’Conner.
Precious or semiprecious?
I spent many hours searching the answer for this question: What is the difference between precious and semiprecious gemstones?
For me gemstones are all precious , each one of them is unique with its colors , texture ,powers and story..
I never considered any of them more precious than the other.
Every time I hear someone label a gemstone by semiprecious I get sad. So I decided to search and know more. I wanted to defend my treasure.
This is what I found :
Gemstones are minerals, rocks or organic matter that have been cut, polished and then fashioned into a piece of jewelry or piece of art.
Gemstones always took part in human cultures and history. There is always a story behind each gemstone. And many believe that gemstones have powers .
“In the 1800s, gemstones were divided into two categories: precious and semi precious stones considering their value differentiation at that time. Nowadays, the categorization is not always correct since the « Value » parameter is not the only criteria on which experts rely to in order to evaluate a stone. The quality, the rarity, the provenance are to be taken into consideration.”
The US Federal Trade Commission has considered banning the two terms because they unnecessarily confuse consumers.
“In regards the so-called « precious stones », only four prevail: diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires. Sometimes you will can see that a pearl, an opal or a jade are listed as a precious gemstone, but more often they are considered semi-precious. Traditionally, these four precious stones have been the most expensive and sought after stones.
This separation between precious and semi precious has no real scientific backing. For example, emerald is a variety of a beryl, so are aquamarines. Emerald is precious while aquamarine is semi precious. When this categorization came about, it was mainly due to the value and rarity differences between the 4 precious gemstones and the rest. Today some semi precious gemstones can be worth much more than a precious stone. As an example, many natural pearls garner huge prices, often worth more than a low quality precious diamond, ruby, emerald or sapphire.”
Each gemstone is unique with a special color, birthplace and story.
All gemstones are precious in the meaning and value they provide for a person .
When purchasing a gemstone the only thing you should consider is what this stone means to you.
Information from the internet:
Hello everyone my name is Hama, I’m a housewife and a mother of four. I have a degree in education and Art, and I attended many craft courses.
For a few years, I worked as an elementary teacher and an editor for a children’s magazine.
In 2002, I published my first collection of short stories.
Crafts have always been a passion of mine; my love of nature and the non-stop search for new information helped me a lot to develop good knowledge to create unique pieces.
My parents helped me develop good knowledge and my sister and husband have constantly supported me to reach to my dreams.
The love and support of my family and friends has given me the strength to continue doing what I love the most.
My blog will be for posting articles about gemstones, life, events, and I will share ideas you can make at home for various occasions.
I would love to hear from you for feedback and ideas!