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Handmade Jewelry for Your Valentine How to Search on Etsy

Updated on February 3, 2013

Valentine Jewelry on Etsy

If I told you there are about 750,000 Etsy shops selling 4 million pieces of jewelry, what would you think? Well if you are someone shopping for a Valentine's Day gift of jewelry, you might decide this is way too many shops and pieces to sort through. While that may be true in theory, it is not true in fact.

Etsy allows you to narrow your search down by using keywords. In this case the keywords are Valentine jewelry handmade, because you want that special piece that only can be created by hand. This will narrow your search down to 32,827 pieces of jewelry. I realize this is still a lot of searching but you must have something in mind.

Not only am I going to tell you how to further narrow this search down, I am going to show you some fabulous handmade jewelry you can buy on Etsy for that special someone.

Photo: Glass Heart Necklace by GlassEnamelbyJulie

Amethyst Sterling Silver Heart Earrings
Amethyst Sterling Silver Heart Earrings

Narrow Your Etsy Search

I Will Tell You How

While I realize that not everyone wants to buy their sweetheart a piece of jewelry with a heart on it, I am concentrating on hearts because Valentine's Day is a special day to express love a special way and there is nothing like a heart that says love.

However, I am going to include other types of jewelry, just in case hearts are not your Valentine's cup of tea.

Back to narrowing your search. We had close to 33,000 pieces of jewelry using Valentine Jewelry in Handmade as our keywords. So lets say you want jewelry with hearts, then you continue to narrow your search by adding heart to your search. Now you have Valentine Heart Jewelry in Handmade.

Voila, we have narrowed our search to 9,165 pieces of Valentine Heart Jewelry. Perhaps you have a special color heart, red, a birthstone, a stone your sweetheart likes. Well add that keyword.

For example, let's say your sweetheart does like red heart jewelry. We are now down to 2,458 pieces of jewelry.

Suppose your valentine was born in February and amethyst is her birthstone. We now have 92 pieces of jewelry to choose from.

Do you see how I narrow down the search to exactly what I want in a piece of jewelry? All you have to do is decide what you want and use all the keywords to describe it.

Here is what I put in and the total that came up: Valentine amethyst heart jewelry in handmade 92 items.

You do not have to stop there. We can further narrow by metal using Valentine amethyst sterling silver heart jewelry in handmade and now we have 40 pieces to choose from.

Having fun yet?

Photo: Amethyst Sterling Silver Heart Earrings by designsbycher

Red Beaded Bracelet with Silver and Swarovski Crystals
Red Beaded Bracelet with Silver and Swarovski Crystals

Other Handmade Valentine Jewelry

You Do Not Have to Purchase a Heart

Suppose you are not interested in buying your valentine a heart, but you still want a piece of handmade jewelry. Etsy is still the place to go.

Using the search advice I have already given you, you can search for any piece of jewelry that you want. Even if you do not want a heart you might still want something red to symbolize a heart or the Valentine's Day color.

If you want a handmade beaded bracelet with Swarovski crystals. You should try Red Beaded Bracelet with Swarovski Crystals in Handmade. Putting those keywords in search turned up 367 bracelets.

To narrow that search down we could add sterling silver, because you might want some silver in the bracelet. Adding Sterling silver resulted in 106 bracelets

Photo: Red Beaded Bracelet with Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystals by HotPieceofGlassBeads

Valentine's Day Card
Valentine's Day Card

Etsy Search is Easy

But Sometimes Things Go Wrong

I want to be completely honest with you. Your search depends upon the seller using the correct keywords to describe the piece.

In my search for the red bracelet a pair of red Swarovski crystal earrings came up. I looked at the title and it said "A Matching Bracelet is Available." So since all the keywords that we put in our search were also in the title of these earrings, they showed up in our red bracelet search.

This is not really a mistake on the seller's part, just a quirk in the Etsy search or in any online search. A search engine does not know that there is no bracelet in that listing, just that bracelet is in the title so it is picked up in a bracelet search.

Naturally, these situations will add to the number of pieces of jewelry that you will have to search through to find the red bracelet you want, but in the scheme of things the keyword search can narrow your choices enough so that you do not have to go through thousands of items to find what you desire even though a few irrelevant items slip through.

Your choices depend upon your ability to narrow your search, so think very carefully about what type of jewelry you are looking for and put in the search box every keyword that describes the piece you want to find.

Photo: Card designed and created by BethiesCards

Fine Silver & Enamel Heart Pendant

Fine Silver & Enamel Heart Pendant
Fine Silver & Enamel Heart Pendant

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Murano Lampwork Heart Pendantwww.JanetsDesignStudio.etsy.comRed Heart Drop Charm Necklacewww.SammysBeadworks.etsy.comSilver & Red Crystal Necklacewww.TeeLynnDesigns.etsy.comFlat Heart Shape Pear Earringswww.MalibuJewel.etsy.comCopper and Coral Viking Braceletwww.ShazzabethCreations.etsy.comAbalone Shell Pendant with Earringswww.JewelrybyIshi.etsy.comSilver Hearts and Red Crystal Dangling Earringswww.DonnasArtisanDesigns.etsy.comNatural Fire Opal in Sterling Silver Ringwww.LoveStoneArts.etsy.comRed Garnet Ring Gold and Silverwww.ResaWilkinson.etsy.comBlack Onyx Heart Red White Beaded
Murano Lampwork Heart
Murano Lampwork Heart Pendant
Red Heart Drop Charm
Red Heart Drop Charm Necklace
Silver & Red Crystal
Silver & Red Crystal Necklace
Flat Heart Shape Pear
Flat Heart Shape Pear Earrings
Copper and Coral Viking
Copper and Coral Viking Bracelet
Abalone Shell Pendant with
Abalone Shell Pendant with Earrings
Silver Hearts and Red Crystal Dangling
Silver Hearts and Red Crystal Dangling Earrings
Natural Fire Opal in Sterling Silver
Natural Fire Opal in Sterling Silver Ring
Red Garnet Ring Gold and
Red Garnet Ring Gold and Silver
Black Onyx Heart Red White Beaded
Black Onyx Heart Red White Beaded Necklace

Etsy is the Place to Shop - The Best Place for Handmade Jewelry

Triple Heart Jewelry Pendant
Triple Heart Jewelry Pendant

Photo: Fine Silver Triple Heart Jewelry Pendant by HGWjewelrydesigns

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    • lakkolmahendra profile image

      lakkolmahendra 4 years ago

      Nice jewelry. They all are very beautiful.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Wow the Wire Wrapped Marisposite Cabochon is way cool! Thanks I had no real idea how to search on Etsy.

    • JodiFromFlorida profile image

      JodiFromFlorida 4 years ago

      Great selection. Thank you for sharing.

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      Dominique84 4 years ago

      such beautiful and unique pieces. on my list to buy

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      Aleksa557 4 years ago

      So many beautiful things! Great Lens

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      CrystalNici LM 4 years ago

      I make jewellery and sell it on Etsy too! I have so many things that I still need to photograph and list though it takes for ever. I don't get things on because listing takes time away from making the jewellery and from writing! You have some good advice and some lovely pieces on here xxx

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      Mrcoolguy LM 4 years ago

      Nice lens. My girlfriend is pondering about launching her own etsy shop, she's awesome at making jewlery and stuff! Im gonna have to get her to read these kind of lenses for motivation.

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      aquarian_insight 4 years ago

      Such beautiful jewelry - especially the Murano lampwork pendant.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      So many pretty things!

    • DigiDollars profile image

      DigiDollars 4 years ago

      I like viewing Etsy...there is so many innovative items.

      Great lens...

    • NuttSoRuff profile image

      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      I can shop for hours on etsy!

    • JeffGilbert profile image

      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Great lens and great jewelry. I really never explored Etsy as a source for jewelry, but thanks to your lens I will do so next time I want to get a gift... :)

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      You have some beautiful and very unique handmade jewelry in your Etsy shop. Love it!

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      Short_n_Sweet 4 years ago

      I've never shopped on etsy...

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      anne mohanraj 4 years ago

      Beautiful jewelry!

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      stennajohns 4 years ago

      Really good!

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      mtg724 4 years ago

      You did a great job on this lens. You should check out my health lens

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I've never shopped on Etsy. These necklaces are really lovely. So creative and fun. I like the Murano Lampwork Heart Pendant.

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      redsseguro 4 years ago

      Beautiful stuff you have here :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I Love Jewelry.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I love Etsy.. Beautiful stuff you have here :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a really great article! Thanks for sharing your insights!

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      My daughter has an etsy shop to sell her handmade pottery, but I have always found etsy a bit confusing.