Artisan Jewelry: Trendy or Timeless?

Artisan Jewelry: Trendy or Timeless?

Posted by Lea Smith on Feb 22nd 2018

If you look at the jewelry trends for Spring 2018, you'll see lots of architectural and geometric inspired shapes, large statement pieces, and animal-inspired themes. While my designs certainly incorporate some of these elements, there will always be trends that come and go quickly. That's one of the things about fashion that can be so confusing and daunting for so many. It certainly makes us wonder, how much to spend on accessories like jewelry.  Is it worth it to invest in something that's hand-crafted, and perhaps even one-of-a-kind?

The great thing about handmade, artisan jewelry is that you can wear it for years, because style never goes out of.....well, style. 

My designs stem from my desire to create pieces that are beautiful and timeless, for people of all ages. My hope is that you will find something in my line that you fall in love with, something that fits your lifestyle.  If not, then we can certainly work together to design and create something special that speaks to your personal taste. I thoroughly enjoy collaborating with clients, and coming up with unique projects that will stand the test of time, and perhaps even become an heirloom piece that's passed down to the next generation. 

One thing you may not know is that I work primarily in Argentium silver, which is the highest karat of silver that can be used. It has so many wonderful qualities and properties, making it ideal for anyone. It's hypoallergenic, which is such a relief for so many people out there with allergies and skin sensitivities. Argentium is highly tarnish resistant, and is an alloy, so it's much more durable than sterling silver. One of my favorite things about this amazing metal is that it is recycled material, discovered by Peter Johns in 1990 during research on adding Germanium to silver alloys. 

Last but not least, one of the most important things to consider when purchasing artisan, handmade pieces from anyone, is that you are investing in people. When you buy a piece of art, in any form, from an individual or group, you are investing in people's passions, their time, their families, and a community, no matter where it may be. You are not simply exchanging money for goods, you are showing your appreciation for the things in life that have true meaning. Especially when you buy from a local artisan, you are reinvesting in your own community, creating an economic flow that often comes back to you naturally.

So, while you may find some creations in my line that are currently "on trend," remember that each project is also something that will add a unique timeless quality to your wardrobe for many years to come. I'd love to add to your repertoire with something simple and elegant, like one of these classics, the Simplicity Ring.


Or may be you'd prefer one-of-a-kind piece I've hand crafted for folks who like something totally unique that no one else will have, like the Chevron Statement Necklace



Or maybe you want a statement piece like this Amazonite and Labradorite Statement Cuff, something that's sure to start a conversation at your next party.


Whatever your style preference, there's something for you at Lea Smith Designs. Let's create something timeless together!