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This topic rears its ugly head every so often and I am usually prompted to write something to educate the consumer about the difference between real spoon jewelry, jewelry that is made from flatware and fake spoon jewelry, jewelry that is copied from popular patterns. It is important to know that some jewelry that is sold as spoon jewelry is actually a mass produced copy of a single piece of spoon jewelry. The designer makes one and then has someone else mass produce copies to be sold. This approach to spoon jewelry goes against the very spirit of the craft. Many people who purchase spoon jewelry do so with the intent of purchasing something that is recycled or repurposed from something that already exists. The motivation of these consumers is to reduce their environmental impact by reusing. Some of the jewelry that is mass produced is even produced in the USA and resembles spoon jewelry but each piece is not made from actual flatware. Consumers should be aware that this exists and may want to ask questions like “Is this actually a spoon handle?” “Where do you get all of your flatware?” “Do you actually make this yourself?” “Why are your prices so high?”.
“Is this actually a spoon handle?” Yes. But it might also be a fork handle. Every piece of spoon jewelry that I make is made from a piece of flatware.
“Where do you get all of your flatware?” I get asked this question constantly. I do go through a large quantity of flatware every year, thousands and thousands of pieces. I have people known as “pickers” who locate large and small quantities of flatware for me. I do occasionally go to local auctions but my time is limited because I do make every single piece of jewelry that is sold on ForkJewelry.com with my own two hands.
“Do you actually make this yourself?” Yes. I will now repeat myself. I do make every piece of jewelry that is sold on ForkJewelry.com with my own two hands. Another interesting piece of information is that I use very little electricity in producing the jewelry. There is a lot of hand work involved.
“Why are your prices so high?” My prices are actually quite low in relation to the quality that you get. I only hear this occasionally from online customers, never from a customer at a show, mainly because when you look at my jewelry in person the quality shows. Fake spoon jewelry is more expensive than real spoon jewelry because of the mark up between manufacturer and the designer and the final retail outlet.
Spoon jewelry by definition is a piece of jewelry made from flatware, mainly spoons and forks.
Real Spoon Jewelry vs. fake spoon jewelry, the difference is in the detail. Some jewelry that is sold as spoon jewelry is actually only based on popular flatware patterns and is not actually made from flatware. Jewelry made by copying patterns from flatware will lack the crisp detail found in authentic spoon jewelry.
Authentic spoon jewelry is made from flatware, in most cases antique or vintage. Sometimes trickery is used to confuse the consumer. Beware and... Always ask if it is real spoon jewelry made from flatware.
Here are some images of Real Spoon Jewelry.