Shop Artisan-Made for the Holidays
As the holiday season approaches, you'll need to decide not only which gifts to buy your loved ones but also where to buy them. Should you fill your Amazon cart or storm the big-box stores on Black Friday? Shopping for unique gifts from small businesses may take a little more time, thoughtfulness, and research, but your effort will pay off in the end. Far from generic, handcrafted products can make for more personal and meaningful gifts in a world where fast fashion and big name retailers are convenient and easy bets.
Continue reading to discover the top reasons why you should focus on buying artisanal products from small businesses this holiday season and all year round.
Original and Unique Items
Handcrafted, artisanal products are cherished because they are extraordinary and a departure from the norm. Unlike mass-produced items, artisan products are usually only available in limited editions or crafted in small batches due to the amount of time and effort that goes into creating each one. As a result, no two products could ever be exactly alike. Handmade products make perfect gifts because they are truly one-of-a-kind.
Emphasis on Quality
Artisan products feel much more personal because they are made with intention and purpose. When it comes to handcrafted products, there’s the idea that the artist is including a piece of themselves in each design.
We value the hand-making process from start to finish and work hard to deliver exceptional products. Buying beads is an ongoing process that takes ages. When stringing our hand-selected beads, we carefully inspect each oen and discard any that might be uneven or otherwise flawed. We pay attention to every detail and choose quality materials to create beautifully crafted jewelry that’s made to last. Take a peek at some of our hand-stitched beaded beauties with standout color combinations.
Beaded Gemstone Necklace: Aquamarine, Iolite and Gold
Beaded Gemstone Bracelet: Rainbow and Gold
Large Gold and Beaded Gemstone Earrings: Green Onyx and Rhodolite Garnet
Keeping Tradition Alive
When you purchase artisan made products, you help keep traditional skills and craftsmanship alive. Traditional production techniques play an important role when it comes to artisan products. These techniques are learned through observation and are often passed from generation to generation. When purchasing artisanal and handmade products, you are ultimately helping to preserve these long-lasting traditions.
The beadwork techniques we use at Park & Lex date back hundreds of years and are not easy to master. Though you can learn beadwork from books or YouTube, we learned from master teachers over a long period of time and vow to keep the tradition alive while always striving for contemporary style.
Rich With Story
When you shop from small businesses, you get the chance to see and know the person behind the brand and establish a personal connection. Every artist has a story to tell whether it's about their technique, materials, or inspiration, so behind every handmade product there’s a history that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
Click to discover our story of how a mother, daughter, and good friend combined their passion and talents to create Park & Lex.
Best Customer Experience
In this world of “fast fashion” and a consumer culture that values quantity over quality, people are starting to remember why small businesses matter.
Working with an artisan affords you the possibility to have a custom curated experience. With an artisan, you can ask for advice, guidance and possibly even custom colorways or designs. At Park & Lex, we personally make each piece by hand and love working with our customers to create custom, one-of-a-kind pieces! Contact us for customizations.
We genuinely love what we do and hope you feel some of that excitement when you wear our jewelry! Shop our newest pieces, perfect for holiday gifting!