I emailed this question to members of Artisan Jeweler Guild.
Answers were varied, I compiled their email answers.
8.Affordable,Handmade,Form a connection with the Artist
6.Can be special ordered just for you
5.Value,Often One of a Kind
4.Support Individual Artists
2.Made with love and care with individually and with thought
Some of the comments were:
RedPanda:I buy handmade artisan jewelry because I know I'm getting something from a skilled person who truly knows and appreciates their craft. Choosing top quality materials and assembling them lovingly is something I value in a piece I can pass down from generation to generation in my family. A piece made with love will be loved for years to come.
JansArtJewelry:That we have beautiful, affordable, unique items of wearable art that the owner won’t see on any other woman!
Buying jewelry directly from the artisan who designed and created it makes it more than just another purchase, or just another piece of jewelry to wear when it happens to match an outfit. It makes it a personalized experience between two people, forming a relationship quite unlike any other. Even if you never see or buy from that particular artist again, every time you put on the piece of jewelry you bought from her/him, you will remember that person and the conversations you had together. If you actually took part in the process of its creation by choosing the stones, the design, the size, whatever, then the piece will become even more meaningful to you as time goes by.
Here are some fine examples of Handmade Artisan Jewelry!
SS Obsidian Flame Pendant
From Silver River Jewelry
RUSTIC LAPIS WILDFLOWER COPPER PENDANT
From the ChainMailleLady:
SILVER FOX(TAIL) CHAINMAILLE BRACELET
CRYSTAL & PEARL SPIRAL ROPE NECKLACE
From Twigs and Heather:
MUSSEL SHELL IN STERLING SILVER NECKLACE
Please do visit our Guild at Art Fire. The Gallery The Roster.