Inspirational Bracelets(127 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Inspirational 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 Inspirational Bracelets
Feel the Energy
I wear this with another cuff in copper and they compliment each other--energy-wise and color and shading. While I do not read Tibetan, I still feel its power as I gently follow the engravings with my finger. Beautiful craftsmanship. Ill buy more from this artist.
I love this bracelet. It sends a strong message of courage for me as I live with cancer. And I like the fact no one knows what it says, but usually someone is curious. Very delicate on arm so am cautious with adding too many other bracelets.
I love the way the heart and peace sign are always shifting in relation to each other. Very good quality. Delicate enough to feel understated yet substantial enough to garner compliments whenever I wear it !!
Ketut Sulastri Handcrafted sterling silver and gemstone jewelry
"Many of my designs are inspired by traditional Balinese arts and crafts combined with the current jewelry trends."
Popular Inspirational Bracelets
Tibetan Mantra Copper Bracelet, "Tibetan Mantra"$24.95
This handsome handcrafted bracelet combines traditional Eastern medicine with one of the most significant mantras in Buddhism for an accent that is as meaningful as it is beautiful. Saying, or even reading, the words is believed to invoke the Buddha of Compassion, called Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit or Chenrezig in Tibetan. Some traditions within Eastern medicine use copper and brass for their purported power to alleviate arthritis and increase circulation. These two beliefs intertwine in a hand-hammered copper, brass, and white metal cuff. The Tibetan script for is overlaid on the face of the bracelet.
Please note: This item contains nickel and is not recommended for anyone with sensitivity to nickel.
Sterling Silver Beaded Bracelet Crafted in Thailand, "Message of Belief"
From Pichaya in Thailand, this bracelet carries a secret message. Sterling chain circles the wrist, centered by round and tube beads of sterling silver. Many may fail to notice, but this bracelet reads the word 'Believe,' represented by the beads in Morse code. A sliding bead gives it an adjustable length.
Tiger's Eye Beaded Om Stretch Bracelet from Bali, "Temesir Om"$54.99
The unforgettable symbol for is realized in a sterling silver pendant, decorated with traditional maze motifs. Bali's Asmara Putra designs this stretch bracelet, expressing a unity with the universe. He strings the bracelet with round beads of tiger's eye.