Polished Silver and Leather Bracelet
Zip Code, Polished Silver and Leather Bracelet
Carmen GranadosLike the metallic teeth of a zipper, sterling silver bars meet in the middle of this stylish wristband bracelet. Carmen Granados in Peru crafts the original unisex bracelet from supple black leather...$167.99
Artist: Carmen Granados
Mayan Heart in Black
Black Heart Shaped Jade Silver Dangle Earrings Guatemala
Mayan Heart in Black, Black Heart Shaped Jade Silver Dangle Earrings Guatemala
Length: 1.3" x 0.6" W x 0.2" D
Zandra Lorena SajbinThis pair of dangle earrings features black heart-shaped jade and sterling silver hooks. For Guatemalan artisan Zandra Lorena Sajbin, jade is a stone that reflects Mayan culture, captured in this...$49.99
Hidden Stars in Black
Subtle Star Motif Black Leather Cuff Bracelet from Bali
Hidden Stars in Black, Subtle Star Motif Black Leather Cuff Bracelet from Bali
Size: 6.75" L (end to end) x 0.7" W
TomomiFull of character and alive with intrigue, this cuff bracelet is designed by Tomomi of Bali. Using leather, the artisan shapes the bracelet by hand, adding a subtle star engraving to complement the...$14.99
Bali Obsidian and Sterling Silver Cord Unity Bracelet
Silver Handshake, Bali Obsidian and Sterling Silver Cord Unity Bracelet
Henry Anthony SannyCrafted of sterling silver, hands come together to clasp an orb of obsidian. They seem to share both its weight and responsibility in a single gesture of friendship. Henry Anthony Sanny displays the...$44.99
Artist: Henry Anthony Sanny
Sterling Silver and Onyx Leaf Dangle Earrings from Bali
Love Leaf, Sterling Silver and Onyx Leaf Dangle Earrings from Bali
Size: 1.8" H x 0.4" W x 0.2" D
Made SugiStones of dyed black onyx totaling one carat hang at the bottom of this beautiful pair of dangle earrings from Bali, featuring a design by Made Sugi. She works with local artisans, handcrafting the...$25.99
Black Onyx Artisan Crafted Gold Accent Earrings
Effortless Glam, Black Onyx Artisan Crafted Gold Accent Earrings
Length: 1.2" x 0.3" W
Khun BoomCaught in a sterling embrace, black onyx teardrops are boldly beautiful. Khun Boom crafts these glamorous earrings by hand, adding a single silver bead bathed in 24k gold. .925 Sterling silver hooks...$39.99
Artist: Khun Boom
Handmade Black Onyx and Garnet Dangle Earrings from India
Dazzling Alliance, Handmade Black Onyx and Garnet Dangle Earrings from India
Length: 1.4" x 0.4" W x 0.2" D
Neetu BarathiEvoking a mystical allure, six carats of teardrop black onyx and circular garnet dangle at the bottom of these dazzling earrings from India. Designer Neetu Barathi explores the wonderful alliance...$34.99
Artist: Neetu Barathi
Mexican Artisan Crafted Sunflower Beaded Pendant Necklace
Sunlit Flower, Mexican Artisan Crafted Sunflower Beaded Pendant Necklace
Size: longer than 22 inches
Adriana TrejoThis eye-catching pendant necklace from Mexican artisan Adriana Trejo has a touch of the bohemian in its design which places a sunflower at the center of a round pendant with a waterfall of beaded...$39.99
Artist: Adriana Trejo
Hand Made Grey Black and Iridescent Beaded Wrap Bracelet
Mythical Sierra, Hand Made Grey Black and Iridescent Beaded Wrap Bracelet
Size: 35" L x 0.4" W
Weaving Hands of AtitlanBlack, grey and iridescent beads are in harmonious contrast in this bracelet from Guatemala. Designed to wrap around the wrist approximately five times, this trendy design is handcrafted by artisans...$74.99
Artist: Weaving Hands of Atitlan
Shimmering Path in Black
Hand Crafted Black Sterling Silver Beaded Bracelet
Shimmering Path in Black, Hand Crafted Black Sterling Silver Beaded Bracelet
Ketut SulastriBound and woven together with jet black cords, tiny beads of sterling silver form two meticulously arranged parallel lines. Bali's Ketut Sulastri crafts this elegant bracelet with a button clasp for a...
Onyx and Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet from Bali
Fern Temple, Onyx and Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet from Bali
Wayan AsmanaStones of black onyx beautify the ends of this Balinese cuff bracelet, presented by Wayan Asmana. Local artisans craft the bracelet from sterling silver with fern and spiral designs on a rubber cuff....$74.99
Black Jade and Sterling Silver Heart Pendant Necklace
Inspiring Destiny, Black Jade and Sterling Silver Heart Pendant Necklace
Zandra Lorena SajbinThe deep beauty of black jade captures the eye in this heart-shaped pendant necklace. From the workshop of Zandra Lorena Sajbin in Guatemala, the striking necklace is crafted from sterling silver.$89.99
Onyx and Sterling Silver Beaded Chain Bracelet from Bali
Bold Elegance, Onyx and Sterling Silver Beaded Chain Bracelet from Bali
Cahya KrisnaCentered by beads of black onyx, this chain bracelet possesses a bold elegance. Designed by Cahya Krisna, the Balinese bracelet is handcrafted of sterling silver with two short lengths of thick Naga...$159.99
Artist: Cahya Krisna
Shimmering Road in Black
Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver and Nylon Beaded Bracelet
Shimmering Road in Black, Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver and Nylon Beaded Bracelet
Ketut SulastriBound and woven together with jet black nylon string, tiny beads of sterling silver form three meticulously arranged parallel lines. The Balinese workshop of Ketut Sulastri presents this simply...
Hope and Peace
Adjustable Jade Pendant Necklace from Guatemala
Hope and Peace, Adjustable Jade Pendant Necklace from Guatemala
Jorge LopezGuatemalan artisan Jorge López handcrafts this striking pendant necklace. A circular pendant made of jade hangs on an adjustable black cotton cord. On the pendant, the artisan uses a combination of...$49.99
Artist: Jorge Lopez
Onyx and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings Handmade in Bali
Beauteous, Onyx and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings Handmade in Bali
Length: 0.8" x 0.4" W x 0.3" D
RupadanaThis beautiful pair of drop earrings come from artisan Rupadana who is inspired by traditional Balinese motifs in his design. Each sterling silver earring features a smooth round cabochon of onyx that...$29.99
Love Garden in Red
Heart Shaped Red Quartz Onyx and Glass Bead Dangle Earrings
Love Garden in Red, Heart Shaped Red Quartz Onyx and Glass Bead Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.4" x 0.7" W
NareeratRich black and red berries ripen in these earrings, bringing a love of nature as a new accessory for your outfit. Thai artist Nareerat crafts these dangle earrings from dyed heart-shaped quartz, black...$19.99
Obsidian Pendant Necklace in Taxco Silver from Mexico
Night's Edge, Obsidian Pendant Necklace in Taxco Silver from Mexico
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Alon DillerEmbracing a teardrop of black obsidian, polished silver is radiant. Alon Diller celebrates their contrast with this stunning handcrafted necklace.$99.99
Artist: Alon Diller
Black Tourmaline Pendant Necklace with Black Leather Cord
Sculpted Strength, Black Tourmaline Pendant Necklace with Black Leather Cord
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Silvia LimaSilvia Lima of Brazil designs this necklace featuring a pendant of black tourmaline that highlights the striations of the crystalline structure, giving the sense of a pillar of strength. The...$94.99
Artist: Silvia Lima
Black Onyx Leaf Dangle Earrings from Indonesia
Lucky Manggis, Black Onyx Leaf Dangle Earrings from Indonesia
Size: 1.8" H x 0.4" W x 0.3" D
Made SugiHandcrafted from sterling silver by local artisans, this pair of Indonesian dangle earrings features spherical stones of black onyx above leaves, designed by Made Sugi. She names them manggis, the...$27.99
Thai Hill Tribe & Sterling Silver Black Cord Unity Bracelet
We Unite, Thai Hill Tribe & Sterling Silver Black Cord Unity Bracelet
NapapatA sterling silver pendant urges us to unite in this original bracelet by Napapat. It depicts a square knot. She displays it on a black macramé cord and adds beads of 950 silver from Thailand's hill...$39.99
Onyx and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Bali
Stellar Cradles, Onyx and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Bali
Size: 2.4" H x 0.6" W x 0.6" D
Cahya KrisnaTwo gemstones of entrancing black onyx are cradled by sterling silver with a stellar, modern design. Working with local Balinese artisans, Cahya Krisna creates this fantastic pair of dangle earrings.$27.99
Artist: Cahya Krisna
Dark Amazon Nest
Abstract Style Sterling Silver Grey Pearl Cocktail Ring
Dark Amazon Nest, Abstract Style Sterling Silver Grey Pearl Cocktail Ring
US Ring Size: 5,8
Carmen AnocibarA solitary pearl exudes vibrant energy in the magnificent design of this sterling silver cocktail ring. Carmen Anocibar contrasts the pearl's dark grey iridescence with the brushed-satin finish of...
Artist: Carmen Anocibar
Onyx and 925 Silver Beaded Stretch Bracelet from Bali
Shrine Shadow, Onyx and 925 Silver Beaded Stretch Bracelet from Bali
Asmara PutraDesigned by Balinese artisan Asmara Putra, this stretch bracelet features round beads of dyed black onyx stone, punctuated by sterling silver vine beads. This bold bracelet makes a striking companion...$69.99
Hand Made Onyx Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from India
Onyx Arrow, Hand Made Onyx Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from India
Size: 18 to 20 inches
BhaveshIndian artisan Bhavesh carries on the tradition of his family with elegantly detailed pieces of fine jewelry. He presents this handcrafted sterling silver necklace with a single stone of black onyx in...$49.99
Bloom in Magenta
Hand Crafted Sese Wood Dangle Earrings from Ghana
Bloom in Magenta, Hand Crafted Sese Wood Dangle Earrings from Ghana
Length: 2.8" x 0.6" W
Rita Addo ZakourVibrant magenta beads alternate with smaller dark spherical beads in a hoop to create this fascinating set of earrings. Rita Addo Zakour of Ghana designs these rustic two-toned dangle earrings, which...$29.99
Artist: Rita Addo Zakour
Helping Hands Together
Bali Sterling Silver Tiger's Eye Lava Stone Unity Bracelet
Helping Hands Together, Bali Sterling Silver Tiger's Eye Lava Stone Unity Bracelet
Size: 6.75" Inner Circ. x 0.3" W
Dewa ArimbawaDewa Arimbawa crafts a beaded bracelet with a message of encouragement. His original tiger's eye and lava stone design carries images of unity in the sterling silver beads. One depicts the corona...$39.99
Artist: Dewa Arimbawa
Taxco Silver Handcrafted Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Taxco Night, Taxco Silver Handcrafted Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.8" x 1" W
Guillermo ArreguiGuillermo Arregui evokes moonlight and starlight in earrings of rich textures. Crafted of dark oxidized silver, hammered disks are punctuated by etched see-through stars.
.925 Sterling silver$44.99
Artist: Guillermo Arregui
Guatemalan Hand Crafted Sterling Silver Black Jade Earrings
Maya Night, Guatemalan Hand Crafted Sterling Silver Black Jade Earrings
Length: 1.5" x 0.5" W
Zandra Lorena SajbinNatural black jade nestles in a halo of silver. Zandra Lorena Sajbin selects asymmetrical Guatemalan gems to craft earrings of classic beauty.
.925 Sterling silver$54.99
Green Jade Pendant Necklace with Cotton Cord
Ancestral Glory, Green Jade Pendant Necklace with Cotton Cord
Zandra Lorena SajbinOnce the most valued gem of the Maya people, natural green jade dazzles in this pendant necklace. The rectangular gem hangs on a black cotton cord. Artisan Zandra Lorena Sajbin of Guatemala designs...
Celuk Style in Black
Sterling Silver and Black Onyx Cuff Bracelet from Indonesia
Celuk Style in Black, Sterling Silver and Black Onyx Cuff Bracelet from Indonesia
Size: 6.25" L (end to end) x 1.2" W
YuniatiTraining alongside her husband, Yuniati is proud to present jewelry that represents her own designs from Indonesia. She works with a team of artisans to craft this cuff bracelet from sterling silver...$189.99
Silver Banyan Tree
Hand Made Onyx Pendant Necklace Red Cord from Indonesia
Silver Banyan Tree, Hand Made Onyx Pendant Necklace Red Cord from Indonesia
Size: longer than 22 inches
Ketut SulastriTwo stones of black onyx totaling one carat hang from this pendant necklace by Indonesia's Ketut Sulastri. A charm handcrafted from sterling silver dangles alongside the stones, depicting the image of...
Cultured Pearl and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Elegant Whirl, Cultured Pearl and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.2" x 0.6" W x 0.4" D
Olga HinojosaA whirl of sterling silver tops a cultured pearl in these hand crafted dangle earrings designed by Olga Hinojosa of Mexico. These earrings bring a touch of both elegance and excitement to your...
Artist: Olga Hinojosa
24k Gold Plated Black Onyx Earrings
Infinity, 24k Gold Plated Black Onyx Earrings
Length: 1.6" x 0.4" W
Khun BoomTextured ribbons bathed in 24k gold form the symbol for infinity. Crafted by hand, these earrings by Khun Boom feature 2.5 carats of faceted black onyx. They dance on 24k gold vermeil hooks.$34.99
Artist: Khun Boom
Balinese Unity Bracelet of Black Lava Stone with Silver 925
Three Together, Balinese Unity Bracelet of Black Lava Stone with Silver 925
Size: 7" Inner Circ. x 0.3" W
Asmara PutraAsmara Putra crafts a beautiful beaded bracelet to slip over the wrist. His original design carries a message of unity in the central bead that depicts three interlinked triangles. "Each one...$37.99
Black Guatemalan Jade Earrings in Sterling Silver
Jungle Pyramids, Black Guatemalan Jade Earrings in Sterling Silver
Length: 1.5" x 0.6" W x 0.2" D
Zandra Lorena SajbinGuatemala's Zandra Lorena Sajbin highlights the unique beauty of black jade in the triangular shape of these pyramid earrings. She sets the gem in sterling silver as she crafts these earrings by hand....$49.99
Handmade Brushed Sterling Silver and Onyx Heart Ring
The Heart, Handmade Brushed Sterling Silver and Onyx Heart Ring
US Ring Size: 6,7,8
JantanaDainty and feminine, a petite silver heart centers this ring from Thai artisan Jantana. The ring features the artisan's trademark brushed satin finish, as well as a faceted round black onyx gem..925...$29.99
Garnet and Sterling Silver Heart Locket Necklace
Garnet Love, Garnet and Sterling Silver Heart Locket Necklace
Size: 18 to 20 inches
SukartiniNestled in the center of this heart-shaped locket is a radiant garnet which adds a touch of color and luxury to the ornately detailed sterling silver pendant. Presented by Sukartini of Indonesia, the...$79.99
Handmade Sterling Silver Charm and Gemstone Bead Necklace
Lotus Glow, Handmade Sterling Silver Charm and Gemstone Bead Necklace
Size: longer than 22 inches
Ketut SulastriA pear shaped bead crafted from natural rose quartz and a jet black onyx bead dangle from a black leather cord to create this lovely necklace presented by the Balinese workshop of Ketut Sulastri. A...$37.99
Onyx and Sterling Silver Modern Balinese Cuff Bracelet
Double Helix, Onyx and Sterling Silver Modern Balinese Cuff Bracelet
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 1.1" W
Komang SuastraReminiscent of DNA strands, a polished helix in sterling silver forms a beautiful cuff bracelet. Balinese artisan Komang Suastra entwines the sleek silver shapes to house a black faceted onyx in an...$104.99
Artist: Komang Suastra
Artisan Crafted Black Anklet with Karen Hill Tribe Silver
Wandering Black, Artisan Crafted Black Anklet with Karen Hill Tribe Silver
NapapatThailand's Napapat designs this singular black anklet with silver beads of Karen hill tribe origin. Napapat knots the ankle bracelet by hand with macramé techniques.$37.99
Onyx and Sterling Silver Cockatoo Dangle Earrings from Bali
Cockatoo Garden, Onyx and Sterling Silver Cockatoo Dangle Earrings from Bali
Size: 1.5" H x 0.7" W x 0.2" D
RupadanaRupadana frames beautiful cockatoos against the black of night in this pair of dangle earrings, handcrafted of sterling silver over oval cabochon onyx stones. Dangling on hooks, the Balinese earrings...$47.99
Wrap Bracelet Handmade in Guatemala
Solola Nights, Wrap Bracelet Handmade in Guatemala
Size: 34.5" L x 0.4" W
Weaving Hands of AtitlanGlass beads in jet black, silvery grey and gold populate this stylish wrap bracelet from Guatemala's Weaving Hand of Atitlan. The artisans of the women's cooperative string the beads on nylon cords to...$79.99
Artist: Weaving Hands of Atitlan
Style by Night
Onyx and Hematite Beaded Necklace from Thailand
Style by Night, Onyx and Hematite Beaded Necklace from Thailand
Size: 20 to 22 inches
TipaOnyx stones and hematite beads gracefully line this necklace from Thailand. Tipa handcrafts the beaded necklace using sterling silver, creating a piece that is striking and bold.$67.99
Onyx and Sterling Silver Pendant Bracelet from Bali
Midnight Grove, Onyx and Sterling Silver Pendant Bracelet from Bali
Wayan LastiA gorgeous cabochon of onyx glistens magically in this pendant bracelet from Bali. Artisan Wayan Lasti centers the sterling silver chain with the mesmerizing gemstone, which is embraced by intricate...$64.99
Artist: Wayan Lasti
Handcrafted Sterling Silver and Onyx Cocktail Ring
Night Temple, Handcrafted Sterling Silver and Onyx Cocktail Ring
US Ring Size: 6
Kadek HendraFaceted and polished, a six-sided onyx crowns this elegant ring. Kadek Hendra works in sterling silver, surrounding the opaque black stone with peridot, citrine and cool blue topaz. The handcrafted...$79.99
Artist: Kadek Hendra
Onyx and Sterling Silver Threader Earrings from Bali
Soulful Rings, Onyx and Sterling Silver Threader Earrings from Bali
Size: 0.2" H x 0.8" Diam.
Made SugiSoulful rings are crafted of high-polish sterling silver, dangling at the bottom of these Balinese threader earrings. Designed by Made Sugi, each earring features a dangling bead of black onyx, with...$39.99
Flowers of the Universe
Artisan Crafted Silver and Obsidian Pendant Necklace
Flowers of the Universe, Artisan Crafted Silver and Obsidian Pendant Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Yan Fredy BoliviaFlowers blossom like stars bringing light to a black universe in a design by Peru's Yan Fredy Bolivia. The black leather necklace is centered by a luminous obsidian pendant adorned with a bouquet of...
Artist: Yan Fredy Bolivia
Hill Tribe Brick
Red Jasper and 950 Silver Pendant Bracelet
Hill Tribe Brick, Red Jasper and 950 Silver Pendant Bracelet
Samart TakhamA petite brick of earthy red jasper centers this pendant bracelet from Sareeyakarn of Thailand. The jasper bead is flanked by Karen hill tribe 950 silver beads, some stamped with tiny floral motifs....$25.99
Artist: Samart Takham
Huichol Glass Beaded Necklace in Blue from Mexico
Icy Huichol, Huichol Glass Beaded Necklace in Blue from Mexico
Size: longer than 22 inches
Adriana TrejoWorking in the tradition of Huichol artistry, Mexican artisan Adriana Trejo creates this cool pendant necklace. She strings petite glass beads by hand to create a circular pendant with a beaded...$44.99
Artist: Adriana Trejo
Tiger's Eye and Onyx Beaded Stretch Bracelet from Bali
Batuan Renaissance, Tiger's Eye and Onyx Beaded Stretch Bracelet from Bali
Asmara PutraBold beads of dyed black onyx and intricate tiger's eye stone are punctuated by sterling silver vine motifs, circling the wrist in this stretch bracelet. Bali's Asmara Putra designs it. The bracelet...
Sterling Silver and Black Teardrop Modern Earrings
Twilight Rain, Sterling Silver and Black Teardrop Modern Earrings
Length: 1.2" x 0.7" W x 0.5" D
Olga HinojosaCapture the freshness of rain at twilight with these hand crafted sterling silver earrings designed by Olga Hinojosa of Mexico. The earrings feature a a modern take on the teardrop shape, with two...$149.99
Artist: Olga Hinojosa
Neutral Tones Macrame Bracelets from Guatemala (Set of 3)
Highland Elements, Neutral Tones Macrame Bracelets from Guatemala (Set of 3)
WakamiWakami is an artisan collective whose work benefits over 500 Guatemalan women and their families. This bohemian-cool unisex bracelet set is crafted with macrame techniques, and each of the 3 bracelets...$39.99
Balinese Style Pendant Bracelet with Onyx and Garnet
Royal Presence, Balinese Style Pendant Bracelet with Onyx and Garnet
BuanaSumptuous details worthy of a queen distinguish this original pendant bracelet from Buana in Bali. A sleek cabochon of black onyx centers the design, flanked by petite oval cabochons of natural...$129.99
Handmade Sterling Silver on Black Bracelet Taxco Jewelry
Monarch Butterfly, Handmade Sterling Silver on Black Bracelet Taxco Jewelry
Oscar Figueroa EscorciaFluttering on sterling wings, a silver butterfly crowns a bracelet by Oscar Figueroa. The faux leather wristband bracelet is crafted by hand. The designer pays tribute to the monarch butterfly that...$49.99
Artist: Oscar Figueroa Escorcia
Unity and Harmony
Thai Handmade Black & Red Leather Cord Unity Bracelet
Unity and Harmony, Thai Handmade Black & Red Leather Cord Unity Bracelet
ChaloemphonTwo thick cords come together in a square knot and return to their origins. Working in black and red leather, Chaloemphon crafts a handsome unity bracelet. "In every country, COVID-19 is a big...$23.99
Black Onyx and Tourmalinated Quartz Dangle Earrings
Alluring Onyx, Black Onyx and Tourmalinated Quartz Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.4" x 0.6" W x 0.2" D
Neetu BarathiAlluring black gemstones hang prettily within sterling silver bezels in this gorgeous pair of earrings, as designed by Neetu Barathi. Seven carats of faceted black onyx and oval cabochons of...$59.99
Artist: Neetu Barathi
Balinese Black Lava Stone Unity Bracelet with Silver 925
Unity Triangle, Balinese Black Lava Stone Unity Bracelet with Silver 925
Size: 7" Inner Circ. x 0.3" W
Asmara PutraAsmara Putra crafts a beautiful beaded bracelet to slip over the wrist. His original design carries a message of unity in the central bead pendant that depicts three interlinked triangles. "Each...$39.99
Morse Code Unity
Thai Sterling Silver Macrame Morse Code Unity Bracelet
Morse Code Unity, Thai Sterling Silver Macrame Morse Code Unity Bracelet
Sarote LochotinuntThai artisan Sarote Lochotinunt crafts a macramé bracelet with an important message. Crafted of sterling silver, long and short beads recreate the dots and dashes of the Morse Code. Knotted by hand on...$29.99
Artist: Sarote Lochotinunt
Rose Flower Ebony Wood Dangle Earrings from india
Royal Rose, Rose Flower Ebony Wood Dangle Earrings from india
Length: 1.7" x 1.1" W x 0.4" D
Sapna MehtaWorking with local Indian artisans, Sapna Mehta designs this pair of floral dangle earrings. Each rose diligently hand-carved from a single piece of ebony wood to depict a majestic rose flower...$23.99
Artist: Sapna Mehta
Peaks and Pyramids
Andean Obsidian Contemporary Earrings in 925 Sterling Silver
Peaks and Pyramids, Andean Obsidian Contemporary Earrings in 925 Sterling Silver
Length: 1.5" x 0.5" W x 0.2" D
Sandra and LilyGemstone triangles evoke steep Andean peaks and ancient pyramids in this bold contemporary design. By Sandra and Lily, these earrings are crafted of sterling silver. Sleek black obsidian with its dark...
Artist: Sandra and Lily
Woven Motif Sterling Silver and Leather Bracelet
Sanur Weave, Woven Motif Sterling Silver and Leather Bracelet
Ita PuspitaSterling silver with a woven motif distinguishes this pendant bracelet from Ita Puspita in Bali. The bracelet is crafted from braided black leather and features a sterling silver hook clasp.$69.99
Artist: Ita Puspita
Thai Pearl Green Agate Quartz Cluster Earrings
Verdant Vineyard, Thai Pearl Green Agate Quartz Cluster Earrings
Length: 1.8" x 0.4" W
NareeratKnotted by hand on golden strands, gemstones cluster like sweet ripe grapes. Nareerat creates these elegant earrings with pearls, green agate and quartz.
.925 Sterling silver hooks
Black Onyx and Cultured Pearl Dangle Earrings from India
Magnificent Midnight, Black Onyx and Cultured Pearl Dangle Earrings from India
Length: 2.3" x 1" W x 0.3" D
Babun DeyWith a polished gleam, 24 carats of checkerboard-cut black onyx stones dangle from the ears in this pair of Indian earrings from Babun Dey. Finished with coronas handcrafted in sterling silver and...
Artist: Babun Dey
Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver and Onyx Cocktail Ring
True Glamour, Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver and Onyx Cocktail Ring
US Ring Size: 5,6
YuniatiArrive in style wearing this sterling silver and onyx cocktail ring from the creative mind of artist Yuniati of Bali. Sure to make a bold statement, the ring features a sparkling silver woven motif...$89.99
In the Round - Black
Black Resin and Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring
In the Round - Black, Black Resin and Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring
US Ring Size: 5,6,8,9,10,11,12
Kadek SatyaThis generously sized cocktail ring, crafted from black resin and sterling silver, is presented by Kadek Satya. Kadek hails from Celuk--the Balinese village renowned for its high-quality gold and...$39.99
Artist: Kadek Satya
Black Orchid Romance
Onyx and Leather Wrap Bracelet with Karen Hill Tribe Silver
Black Orchid Romance, Onyx and Leather Wrap Bracelet with Karen Hill Tribe Silver
SiripornKnotted by hand on orchid leather cords, sleek black onyx whispers of romance. Thailand's Siriporn crafts this beaded wrap bracelet by hand and adds a floral silver bead with Karen hill tribe...$79.99
Lapis Lazuli Beaded choker with Floral Pendant
Summer Nights, Lapis Lazuli Beaded choker with Floral Pendant
Size: 14 to 16 inches
SasinaMake a statement by wearing this stunning beaded pendant necklace presented by Thai artisan Sasina. Two strands of lapis lazuli and black glass beads come together at the center to reveal a flower...$67.99
Sterling Silver and Onyx Leaf Pendant Necklace from Bali
Dusky Dew, Sterling Silver and Onyx Leaf Pendant Necklace from Bali
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Made SugiA long, elegant leaf hangs at the center of this pendant necklace from Bali, crafted by hand of sterling silver with a combination finish. Designed by Made Sugi, this necklace features beads of dyed...$87.99
Artisan Crafted Onyx and Sterling Silver Chandelier Earrings
Dangling Hopes, Artisan Crafted Onyx and Sterling Silver Chandelier Earrings
Length: 2.7" x 0.7" W x 0.2" D
Made SugiJet black onyx stones dangle on strands of sterling silver. Designed by artisan Made Sugi, these chandelier earrings are an eye-catching accessory and will add an elegant touch to any style.$39.99
Fair Trade Jewelry Ebony and Sterling Silver Hook Earrings
Tonga Tornado, Fair Trade Jewelry Ebony and Sterling Silver Hook Earrings
Length: 2.8" x 1.1" W x 0.3" D
Pertiwi CollectionVava'u Tonga is the inspiration for the fabulous design of this pair of earrings from the Pertiwi Collection. The ebony wood earrings are crafted by hand and detailed with sterling silver. .925...$49.99
Artist: Pertiwi Collection
Indian Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Chandelier Earrings
Midnight Chandelier, Indian Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Chandelier Earrings
Length: 2.4" x 1" W x 0.2" D
AparnaLustrous drops of black onyx glisten in these beautiful chandelier earrings designed by Aparna of India. An impressive thirty-five carats of onyx in eight pear-shaped gemstones are bezel-set in...$39.99
Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace with Topaz and Calcite Beads
Lady Gerbera, Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace with Topaz and Calcite Beads
Size: 16 to 18 inches
SasinaThai artisan Sasina makes a statement with this elaborate beaded necklace. The pendant is crafted to resemble a gerbera flower from square and round lapis lazuli stones with round blue calcite stones....$57.99
Sterling Silver Floral Brooch Pin with Cultured Black Pearls
Ebony Buds, Sterling Silver Floral Brooch Pin with Cultured Black Pearls
Length: 2.1" x 2.1" W x 0.4" D
Wayan AsmanaIridescent ebony buds grace branches of gleaming sterling silver in this original brooch pin design from Bali's Wayan Asmana. The artisan crafts the brooch with great detail, and nestles two dyed...
Brazilian Blue Agate Pendant Necklace
Blue Lake, Brazilian Blue Agate Pendant Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Silvia LimaBrazilian artisan Silvia Lima works with the naturalshapes of agate geodes to create this entrancingnecklace. The grain of the stone evokes waveslapping lazily at a shoreline. Flash-plated in silver...
Artist: Silvia Lima
Long Beaded Waterfall Earrings in Black, Grey and Red
Dramatic Cascade, Long Beaded Waterfall Earrings in Black, Grey and Red
Length: 4.3" x 1" W
Rosario RatzanGuatemalan artisan Rosario Ratzan has become adept at creating fabulous contemporary jewelry from glass beads. These waterfall earrings feature a cascade of beads in black, grey and red, accented with...
Artist: Rosario Ratzan
Square Onyx and Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring from Bali
Mysterious Square, Square Onyx and Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring from Bali
US Ring Size: 6
Putu Gede DarmawanA square stone of black onyx weighing over eight caratsis features prominently in the crown of this mysterious cocktail ring. Bali's Putu Gede Darmawan proudly designs this fantastic cocktail ring...$47.99
Artist: Putu Gede Darmawan
Rise and Fall in Black
Black Onyx and Black Cord Pendant Necklace Handmade in Bali
Rise and Fall in Black, Black Onyx and Black Cord Pendant Necklace Handmade in Bali
Size: longer than 22 inches
Ketut SulastriBeautifully elegant, an ornate sterling silver triangular pendant takes center stage with beautiful beads of onyx dangling gracefully beneath the intricate openwork. More dainty black onyx beads are...
Unisex Leather and Multi-Gemstone Beaded Wrap Bracelet
Sunrise Wanderlust, Unisex Leather and Multi-Gemstone Beaded Wrap Bracelet
SiripornThai artisan Siriporn creates this attractive wrap bracelet using supple brown leather, which she threads with beads of glass, chalcedony, and rhodonite. A Karen silver button, with an eye-catching...$69.99
Black Nascent Flower
Cultured Pearl Cocktail Ring in Black from Peru
Black Nascent Flower, Cultured Pearl Cocktail Ring in Black from Peru
US Ring Size: 6,7,8
Marianela VargasA luminous black pearl evokes a swelling floral bud, a nascent flower about to burst into bloom. Working in sterling silver, Marianela Vargas crafts a classic pearl cocktail ring with a subtle floral...
Artist: Marianela Vargas
Handmade Onyx and Sterling Silver Earrings from Indonesia
Gleaming Paddy, Handmade Onyx and Sterling Silver Earrings from Indonesia
Length: 2.5" x 0.4" W
Wayan AsmanaIndonesian artisan Wayan Asmana draws on a prominent feature of his native Balinese landscape—the rice paddies—for inspiration in creating these intricately engraved earrings. Featuring an abstract...$49.99
Lovely Blend in Black
Quartz and Onyx Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Lovely Blend in Black, Quartz and Onyx Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Length: 1.6" x 0.6" W
NareeratThis pair of dangle earrings from Thailand features a clustered blend of quartz, onyx, and glass, dyed with hues of black and white. Designed by Nareerat, the earrings are completed with beautiful...$14.99
Black Nascent Flower
Handcrafted Black Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings
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Length: 0.3" x 0.3" W
Marianela VargasLuminous pearls in natural dark grey evoke swelling floral buds, nascent flowers about to burst into bloom. Working in sterling silver, Marianela Vargas crafts classic pearl stud earrings with a...
Artist: Marianela Vargas
Handmade Onyx Cabochon Bangle Bracelet
Shooting Stars, Handmade Onyx Cabochon Bangle Bracelet
Size: 7.75" Inner Circ. x 0.2" W
Komang SuastraBlack as midnight, two onyx cabochons grace this stylish bangle bracelet from Bali's Komang Suastra. Gleaming sterling silver forms the smooth tubular bangle, accented by rope-like details at each...$84.99
Artist: Komang Suastra
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Artisans the world over utilize the natural materials at their disposal to create beautiful, sustainable jewelry. Wood, bamboo and dried gourds. Coconut shells, rattan and terra-cotta. Even natural grasses lend themselves to a jeweler's creativity while art glass beads and pendants can be made from discarded bottles. Some artisans reclaim precious silver from photographic negatives. Colorful magazine pages can become tightly-rolled beads protected by a coat of varnish. Always creative, artists craft their bracelets out of innovative, eco-conscious materials.
Handmade womens bracelets each have their own unique characteristics. Color, texture, size and design all vary. Often, the technique alone will tell you, for example, hand-knotted, braided or woven bracelets. Leather bracelets with cutout motifs or embossing are usually crafted by hand.Thai jewelry by Karen silversmiths shows hand-stamped geometric or floral motifs and beads are usually made of fine silver, which is more malleable than sterling. Similarly, filigree jewelry is a meticulous handcrafted process. Most bracelets with natural, sustainable or recycled materials are handmade. Even some of the most sophisticated and modern gold and silver may be signed by the artist who made it.The most common indicator that a bracelet is handmade is the detailed and intricate design. Novica artisans demonstrate their techniques in the many videos on www.novica.com youll find the links on their product descriptions and also on the artisan bio page.
Traditional bracelet-making techniques have been passed down over generations around the world. Womens bracelets in gold and silver are usually crafted with the lost wax technique. The image is sculpted in wax and enveloped in a mold materia. As molten gold or silver is poured into the mold, the wax image melts and the metal takes its place. However coiling fine strands of metal results in Andean filigree jewelry. Balinese artistry applies polished spirals and tendrils as well as tiny globes known as jawan to sleek silver jewelry. And a few contemporary artisans even weave or crochet the slender silver strands.Jade was highly prized by the Maya and still has an important place in modern Guatemalan jewelry. Amber from the rich mines in southern Mexico adorns the womens bracelets, necklaces, and earrings of the area. Macrame and beading are popular everywhere for boho style. And West Africas handmade beadwork is renowned the world over.
Womens bracelets carried immense cultural significance in ancient times and they still do. In Perus pre-Hispanic societies, gold represented the sun, and jewelry indicated social status and identity, as it also did among the Maya of Mexico and Central America. In India, bangles or kangans showed a woman was married and are a part of the 16 adornments customarily worn by a Hindu bride. Traditional West African beads are a sign of cultural identity. Each one has a meaning and tells a story.Today, womens bracelets are still culturally significant. In India, jewelry often depicts religious symbols and meditative mantras. Balinese bracelets may also depict dragons, thought to be the protectors of the gods, or the Hindu Barong deity, also a protection symbol. Motifs stamped into Karen hill tribe silver encourage living in harmony with nature. The hand-knotted bracelets of Guatemala symbolize friendship but evolved from a silent protest for loved ones missing during the countrys armed conflict. Today, friends each tie a bracelet on the others arm and make a wish. The bracelet is worn until it wears out and falls off so the wish will come true.
Silver, gold, brass and copper have been popular for thousands of years and are often set with colorful gemstones. Artisans in different regions of the world take advantage of unique local resources, such as Brazilian golden grass, leather and coconut shell from Thailand, and carved bone jewelry from Bali. Intricate openwork carving, known as jali, can be seen in bangles from India. West Africa has a long tradition of beadwork, with beautiful beads made from recycled glass and even plastic becoming popular in recent years.
Handmade necklaces are incomparable works of wearable art. Each one is unique in shape, color, size and design. Artisans from across the globe offer their own distinctive style of craftsmanship. In India, the vibrant colored gemstones have become a signature fashion statement. Balinese jewelry is characterized by ornate sterling tendrils set with tiny silver spheres. In Brazil, womens necklaces are often sleek and contemporary, with gemstones chosen for their particular energies. Many jewelry designs from Bali and Central America feature hand-knotted macram, such as that used in Guatemalas popular friendship bracelets. Handmade finishes may show variations in metal patterns. No two natural gemstones share the same characteristics. Each necklace holds its own individualistic sense of beauty, making it evident that it was crafted by hand. Some even bear the artisans signature.
Sustainable necklaces are designed with reusable materials, and each culture makes use of the objects and materials most readily at hand. For example, many Andean, Central American and Thai artists use repurposed wood. West African artisans use recycled paper, and beads of recycled glass or plastic. In Thailand, Mexico and Bali, coconut shells are often used. Indian artists sometimes repurpose silk from saris. And Brazilian artists collect discarded zippers and soda pop-tops to crochet into stunning, eco-friendly designs.
Many artisans the world over work in lost wax. They sculpt the image they want in wax, encase it in a mold, and pour molten silver or gold into it. The wax melts and flows out, leaving only the precious metal. However some artisans in Peru specialize in handmade silver and gold filigree, and some Balinese necklaces feature chains that are handwoven from slender metal strands. Karen hill tribe artisans in Thailand often use manual tools to stamp decorative motifs on fine silver. Other techniques include macram, beaded or gemstone strands, hammered metals, and carved wood or bone.
Precious metals and natural gemstones are the most popular materials for women's necklaces. Silver, gold and brass all provide durability as well as beauty. Artisans also utilize local materials that can include coconut shells, bamboo, bright African print fabrics, ceramic beads, natural amber, carved bone and bull horn. Both Peru and Mexico have rich silver mines and silver is used for traditional jewelry as well as contemporary designs.
Womens necklaces are versatile and come in many styles and lengths. They can be layered or worn alone as a statement piece. Many designs go with everything from jeans to office wear or an evening out on the town. The best thing about jewelry is that its a customizable form of expression that provides a sense of luxury and individuality.
When assessing the workmanship of a necklace, its helpful to pay attention to certain characteristics. For example, quality necklaces are balanced designs that rest comfortably around the neck. Clasps are secure and work well, and gemstones and beads are properly set. The precious metals should be nicely finished, and beads should not be too tightly strung. Well-made necklaces reflect excellent craftsmanship and attractive materials.
Each culture celebrates its rich jewelry-making history through specific symbols and styles. For example, traditional West African beads, which adorn many necklaces from the region, each have a story and a specific occasion when they are worn. Others may feature the Ghanian adinkra symbols, which convey popular wisdom. In ancient Andean civilizations, the leaders apparel and jewelry showed their rank and also incorporated religious symbols. Similarly, necklaces from Bali often depict deities from the Hindu pantheon. In India, a womans jewelry is linked to her status in society and may depict Hindu gods as well as mantra symbols such as the omkara, the root of all sounds and the emblem of the Most High. Angel necklaces and harmony ball necklaces are often worn by pregnant women in Bali and in Mexico. The pendant makes a delicate bell sound, thought to soothe the mother and the baby she is carrying. Some believe it summons a guardian angel, thus making it a symbol of loving protection.
Absolutely! Jewelry is an art form that allows makers to express their individuality and cultural influences, and certain designs are used to represent important symbols. For example, Central American artisans incorporate traditional figures, glyphs, and pre-Hispanic folklore. In Mexico, the famous work of artists Angel Ortiz, Maria Belen Nilson, and Rosa Rojo highlight the beauty of Aztec, Mayan and Teotihuacan civilizations. In Peru, powerful symbols, like the Andean chakana, are used to represent humanitys union with the cosmos. Indian artists are extremely tied to their faith and spirituality. Earring designs include chakra gemstones, motifs of Lord Ganesha, and other spiritual imagery. In Bali, the Om symbol is prevalent, as well as the mythological panther-like Barong image, which is seen as a protector spirit. Designs pulled from the natural world, like animal figures, feathers, plants, as well as stones, are used in almost every culture, which then infuses them with their own particular meanings.
Yes! We offer a wide selection of earrings that are made from eco-friendly materials. Cow bone, water buffalo horn, fabric, recycled paper, wood, palm leaf and coconut shells, just to name a few. Product descriptions always list materials used, so be sure to read about each product to discover how artisans are working to ensure sustainability and environmental consciousness.
There is no best when it comes to handmade earrings. However, certain materials lend themselves well to jewelry. Silver and gold, for example, are frequently used to make earrings because of their luster and shine. Each region puts its own unique touch on the art of earring-making. Most use some combination of silver, gold, gemstones, wooden or glass beads, and bones. Some regions, like West Africa, have found ways to introduce up-cycling into the jewelry-making process. Recycled plastic and paper beads, as well as coconut shells are commonly integrated into beautiful works of earring art. Whatever materials used, quality and safety are always our top priorities. Each pair of earrings is tested to ensure its safety. If you do have sensitive skin, you may consider rhodium plated earrings, as rhodium is completely hypoallergenic. You can always find all relevant information about materials in the product description.
More than a mere fashion statement, men's jewelry, including bracelets, have been worn throughout history to communicate cultural, religious, and social beliefs. Prehistoric man adorned his wrists with bones and shells to ward off evil spirits. Wealthy men wore bracelets made of gold and silver to display their power and status. Bracelets evolved over time from good luck charms to status symbols to modern style accessories. All the while, they pick up and preserve meaning from the past. In Peru, gold and silver bracelets were meant to complement each other symbolically. Gold represented the sun, the day, and the masculine. Silver represented the moon, the night, and the feminine. These two bright, powerful metals held one another in balance. In Central America, natural materials decorated men's jewelry to signify a connection to place. Metals, bone, shells, bird feathers (especially the beautiful quetzal bird), and carved stones (particularly jade for its power of fertility and life) protected and decorated the wearer.
Global artisans use all sorts of materials in their handcrafted jewelry for men. In the Andes, sterling silver, leather, and combinations of natural stones are frequently used. In Bali, silver, gold, bone, wood, brass, and stainless copper adorn handmade jewelry. In West Africa, men's jewelry honors the cow, where bone and horns are incorporated into unique pieces.
Excellent question! There is no simple test that can tell you whether an artisan hand-crafted your jewelry or not. No easy way to know if an item is handmade or factory-produced. But there are details that you can look out for, and hopefully a discerning eye will guide you right. First, look at materials. If a bracelet is made of leather with embossed detailing, or sterling silver with intricate carvings or stone settings, you are entering the realm of the handmade. If a bracelet is made from bone, or makes use of complicated beadwork, if there is evidence of welding or carving, then you can feel good about your purchase. Any true artisan will tell you: no two pieces of jewelry will come out identical if they are made by hand. Beware of sameness. Celebrate the idiosyncrasies of the artists hand and help preserve the techniques and traditions of the past.
The materials that comprise handmade artisan necklaces are as varied as the makers themselves. Craftspeople all over the world use metals, like sterling silver, gold, copper and brass, to perfect their designs. Cotton or nylon cord and leather are also common materials used in traditional mens jewelry. Wooden beads, cow bones, coconut shells, bamboo, and gemstones all adorn mens necklaces from across the globe.
Unique, stylish, and handcrafted. These are the guiding principles of wearing men's jewelry with confidence. There are no rules when it comes to men's bracelets. You can wear simple leather, or a combination of metals. You can go understated or bold. Colorful or subdued. However you choose to display your handmade jewelry, what matters most is that you discover pieces that attest to your own originality.
Many traditional artisans employ the handcrafted techniques of their ancestors, which favored a slow, methodical approach in a small workshop, as opposed to mass production. Today, they preserve these methodologies while intentionally distinguishing their approaches from those of large factories. Respect for the environment, and for animal and human life drive the artwork itself. Natural materials are often a sign that a product is eco-friendly. Additionally, many artisans look for ways to reuse or recycle in their artwork. Some choose to repurpose old wood or fabric. Some recycle glass beads or up-cycle plastic and discarded paper. Others follow practices that conserve resources, like water and energy, and are mindful of the pollutants they release into the environment. Shopping from organizations that promote eco-friendly products is the best way to ensure that you are receiving a unique item that does not damage the world through its making.
Handcrafted mens jewelry captures our undying passion for symbols and meaning through a variety of designs, emblems, and carvings. In ancient Peru, men wore necklaces adorned with pendants of human, animal, and divine characters. A common symbol that has withstood the test of time is the Andean Chakana, or the staggered cross, that attests to the relationship between humankind and the cosmos. In Bali, mens jewelry integrated the cross, the sign of freedom, and Ongkara symbol for oneness and spirituality. In Central America, carved glyphs were commonly used. Animal figures and bird feathers (like the quetzal and macaw) had special significance, as did natural stones. In India, Om and Ganesha symbols are used for protection, prosperity and purity. In West Africa, Gye nyame, symbolizing Gods deep power and infinite knowledge, is still used on necklaces.
There is no right way to wear mens rings. Right hand, left hand, ring finger or thumb, where you place your ring is as much a matter of preference and comfort as it is style. Besides the common ring finger to signify love or marriage, other fingers of note are the index finger, which symbolizes power, leadership, and authority in some cultures, and the thumb, which can signify wealth. Wherever you choose to don it, a handmade ring should be as unique as the man who wears it.
Like many things, when it comes to great craftsmanship, the evidence is in the details. We asked artisans what they look for in a good necklace, and heres what they told us. Keep your eye out for the smooth functioning of the lock. It should clasp easily and cleanly. Examine the weldings of the chain joints, and pay attention to the surface of the jewelry. Is it finished in high polish? Are handcrafted details evident? Are engravings handmade? Artisans also look for uniqueness in design, integrity of workmanship, and high-quality materials. Necklaces should be free from dents, and beads should stay fastened in place. No chips in the gemstones, no cuts in the bezel, and no obvious glue marks of any kind. While these standards may seem high, we believe that artisan jewelry should aim for the stars.
Since time immemorial, jewelry has been used as a personal ornament, religious signification, or tastes in fashion. Today's handcrafted artisan jewelry is no different. In West Africa, leather is prized by certain tribes and connotes a connection to culture. In Indonesia, black coral, or Akar Bahar, is believed to protect the wearer from witchcraft and evil, and so it is used in many jewelry items for men. In Peru, leaders adorned themselves with garments that were exclusive to their rank, so men's jewelry not only indicated their function, but was also steeped in iconography, religious code, and emblems of power and prestige. In India, artisan jewelry incorporates the motifs of Om, a spiritual symbol signifying the essence of consciousness, and Lord Ganesha, the god of beginnings who is honored at the start of rites and ceremonies. Today, artisans working in these classical styles preserve the heritage that was passed down to them over time.
To understand the significance of traditional, handcrafted men's rings, we need to talk about stones. All over the world, stones reveal deep cultural connections to the land, belief systems, and aspirations. In Peru, artisan jewelry makes use of chrysocolla (also known as "Peruvian turquoise"), which was used by the Incas as an inlay in their goldwork. They believed it calmed their emotions and strengthened their immune defenses because it had medicinal powers. In Bali, kecubung (Amethyst) is incorporated into handmade rings because it brings peace to those who wear it. Kalimaya (Opal) is believed to stabilize the mental well-being of the wearer. In Guatemala, jade is the stone of choice, as the Mayans attributed special powers to it, believing it symbolized life, fertility, and power. In India, onyx is a stone of vigor and stamina, which strengthens self-confidence, banishes grief, and stimulates wise decision-making. Lapis lazuli relieves anger and negative thoughts and eases frustrations. Tigers eye stone aids harmony and balance and helps release fear and anxiety. The list of unique stones is as long as the master craftspeople who use them in their traditional jewelry.
From wedding rings to religious symbols, men's rings have carried tremendous significance throughout history. In West Africa, rings were originally used to represent God's unmatched power and the authority of mankind on earth. In India, handcrafted rings have been used to symbolize everything from devotion and fidelity to eternity and belief in a deity. Today, like in many cultures, Indian rings represent love, engagement and marriage. Pre-Hispanic cultures in Central America and South America used handmade jewelry to denote social position, rank, as well as personal adornment. Metal, bone, shell, and stoneparticularly jadewere chosen for beauty and durability. Even the choice of metal has meaning in particular cultures. The Incas, for example, believed that gold was a sacred metal sent by the sun god, Inti, and all mines belonged to the emperor, who protected his metals with great zeal.
Men have worn rings since ancient times as a personal ornament, a sign of social position, official rank, or a symbol of religious beliefs. Handmade jewelry may reflect changes in fashion, but it remains rooted in the history and culture of a people and place. Each unique ring reveals the artistic sensibility of its maker, yet certain symbols and motifs appear frequently. In India, the Om motif has special cultural significance as a sacred spiritual symbol. It signifies ultimate reality, or consciousness. In Bali, the Om Kara, or Ongkara, represents five elements: wind, fire, ether, water, air, and earth, which correspond to different aspects of the human body. Religion and mythology are also manifest in traditional jewelry. Lord Ganesha, one of the most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon, is revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and the god of intellect and wisdom. In Bali, Barong is a lion-like mythical creature that symbolizes victory and spiritual protection. These symbols and others can be found on handmade rings from around the world and are ways of honoring history, culture, and spirituality.
Techniques that rely on handmade craftsmanship honor the cultures and regions from which they come. In Bali, repouss, or the art of silver filigree, is still preserved by artisans today. In Central America, jewelry-makers work with natural stones, especially jade, in order to celebrate the techniques and materials used by their ancestors. In India, sterling silver jewelry is made through intricate jali carving or rawa (silver beading). Hand-casting and gemstone-cutting have also been passed down through the generations, and today, make their way into unique works of wearable art. In West Africa, fabrication (including soldering or welding) is a technique that has stood the test of time, as has leather twisting, which adorns mens jewelry from bracelets to necklaces.
The traditional techniques used to create artisan jewelry are as diverse as the cultures from which they come. In Peru, the ancient technique of handmade goldsmithing continues in the work of filigree, the art of weaving silver threads together. Originally brought to the Andes during the colonial period, filigree acquired local nuances and incorporated designs inspired by nature and daily life. In Bali, handmade jewelry makes use of a method called repouss, a decorative, detail-oriented artform that uses hammers and punches to raise metal in relief from the background of the ring. In West Africa, fabrication, casting, and forging are common handcrafted techniques, whereas in India, it is common to see cut gemstones intricately fitted within silver segments.
Traditional artisans handcraft jewelry using the techniques and materials of their ancestors. In Indonesia, the most common mens bracelet is made from Akar Baharnatural, or black, coral. In the Andes, sterling silver, leather, waxed cotton threads, or natural stones adorn handmade jewelry. In Central America, the list includes: gold, brass, cord, wood, or glass. West Africa also makes use of these materials, plus wooden beads. And India incorporates gemstones into its rich history of jewelry.
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