In the glittering world of jewelry, handcrafted jewelry enjoys a very special status. This specialty can be attributed to the fact that handcrafted jewelry is often perceived as a piece of creation that bears the influence of the designer to the maximum extent. A piece of handcrafted jewelry, as the name itself suggests, is made by meticulously designing and crafting it with human hands. As such, it reflects the passion of the designer and the skills of all the hands that gave it its form and shape. Indeed, handcrafted jewelry is truly special.

Handcrafted jewelry has been around for quite a long time. It has evolved from a crude and somewhat unsophisticated past to its modern dazzling forms over the years. Today, handcrafted jewelry offers a wide array of choices. One of the latest trends to be noticed is the vogue of wearing handcrafted jewelry with engravings. Line of poetry, or simply a few golden words of wisdom that inspire and motivate, are being hand engraved on beautiful pieces of jewelry to great effect. This practice has lent a whole new dimension to the intrinsic beauty and status of handcrafted jewelry. Let's take a closer look.

Everybody has a favorite line of poetry. With engraved handcrafted jewelry, now they can choose to immortalize it by having it etched on precious metal. If the prospect of 'wearing' poetry on your body thrills you, you will find such engraved handcrafted jewelry simply irresistible. Just think about it, you could have Ralph Waldo Emerson wrapped around your arms, or Lau Tzu around your neck. How about keeping Walt Whitman close to your heart by having his poetry etched on a pendant on a necklace around your neck?

One of the best names in this exclusive world of engraved handcrafted jewelry is that of Jeanine Payer. Poetry hand-engraved onto precious metals is how this San Francisco-based jewelry designer creates her collections of emotionally engaging yet subtle hand inscribed jewelry. Take the Alene bracelet from her creations, for example. It's a brushed, sterling silver cuff accented with an 18k high polish gold face plate with a hand-textured look on both the interior and exterior surfaces. It carries Emerson's immortal lines engraved on the gold face, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Some of her popular creations bear such unforgettable words as "The journey is the reward"; "The soul is here for its own joy" and "Everything is waiting for you". Indeed, there are few things as intimate as wearing poetry against your skin!

The fascination for handcrafted jewelry is shared by many around the globe. Some of its celebrity admirers include Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Mick Jagger, Johnny Depp, Meg Ryan, Seal, Sheryl Crow, Debra Missing and many others.

Handcrafted jewelry makes a wonderful gift for any occasion. If you are wondering about that perfect gift for your mother on Mother's Day, or a 'special' gift for someone 'special' in your life on Christmas, or just a simple gift to celebrate your friendship with someone, consider gifting a piece of handcrafted jewelry. Your choice will be appreciated and the gift will be cherished by the recipient for a very long time.

So what are you waiting for? Take a plunge into the enchanting world of handcrafted jewelry and discover some of the finest creations in jewelry ever made to adorn the human body.