Bone Bracelets(57 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Bone Bracelet Collection that NOVICA artisans have crafted for you:
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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 jewelers 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.
Featured Reviews on Bone Bracelets
My bracelet is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much in your gift of art. I will treasure it always. sheri
Bracelet with a beautiful face...
I love the bracelet. The carving is so meaningful to me. The silver design on the band is shaped in waves. The eternal ocean and the moon of the night.
I got the bracelet to match a pair of earrings from the same material. They are so exquisitely crafted
Buana Handmade jewelry
"Since joining you in 2006, a lot has changed in my life. I now own a house… and this has been completely life-changing. One thing I can do to repay this is to give you my very best work."
My name is I Wayan Buana. I was born in Sukawati, Bali in 1974. My father was a civil servant while my mother was a food seller. I'm the oldest child of four children. I remember my childhood was so happy. My parents really loved and took care of their children well.... read more
Popular Bone Bracelets
Sterling Silver and Cow Bone Cuff Bracelet, "Moon Goddess"$84.99
A luminous face centers a cuff, its delicate features carved by hand. Surrounded by sterling ropes, it radiates serenity. Sukartini creates a peaceful design of exceptional beauty, transformed into a handcrafted bracelet.
.925 Sterling silver
Multi-gemstone and Carved Bone Link Bracelet from Bali, "Noble Lady"$99.99
Over 6 carats of gemstones grace this elegant link bracelet from Bali's Dewi Putera. Amethyst, citrine, blue topaz and garnet flank a beautiful center pendant hand-carved of smooth cow bone. The dreamy face, crowned by another faceted blue topaz, seems to gaze serenely into the distance. Ornate Balinese-style silverwork completes the design.
.925 Sterling silver
Hand Carved Bone, Silver, and Gemstone Cuff Bracelet, "Moon Empress"$159.99
Serenely beautiful, the milky face of the moon appears to glow from within. Buana of Bali presents this beautiful cuff bracelet, crafted from sterling silver and set with a cameo of hand-carved cow bone. The bracelet is further embellished with precious carnelian, blue topaz, and peridot stones totaling over 2.5 carats.
.925 Sterling silver