the benefits of buying handmade
All of the handmade jewellery on buttonjewellery.co.uk is made using buttons in some way - old and new buttons are fashioned into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hairpins, brooches, rings, and are they are even featured on hand-decorated gift boxes.
By purchasing handmade jewellery rather than something from a large chain store or shop, you support local producers and artisans rather than anonymous, faraway factories. This reduces the distance the jewellery has to travel before it reaches you, and - albeit in a very small way - benefits the local economy. You also receive something that's definitely not available on the High Street, which lends it a little exclusivity - and it may even be something unique and one-of-a-kind (such as many of the button necklaces on this site) or limited edition.
This collection of handmade jewellery is all created in Co. Durham, UK, by jewellery designer Helen (that's me). It all began when I took out my mum's box of old buttons when visiting my parents one spring, and made my first prototype handmade button necklace using these and some fuse wire my dad handed me from his workshop when I was looking for something to string them together with. Once I got my hands on some real jewellery wire, I began to make more of this jewellery as handmade presents for friends, who then asked for more of it as presents for their friends and relatives.
From starting with just necklaces, I added bracelets and earrings to the range, and it has grown and grown ever since so that there is now a collection featuring hair accessories, rings, brooches and any other type of accessory that I can think of. I also takes commission - in the past these have included handmade buttonholes for weddings, button headbands, and necklaces, bracelets and earrings in bespoke colour schemes.