Maya Bracelets(31 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Maya 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 Maya Bracelets
WOW gorgeous! I love it.
Sooo much better on the wrist than in the photos. So unique, I was overwhelmed when I put it on! Nice weight to it, mirror polish, fits great and I am a pretty big guy. This piece will stay with me the rest of my life for sure. Thank you Angel Ortiz!
Beautifully made pieces
I am so impressed with the care and craftsmanship in the two pieces I received. Beautiful jade on silver. Im absolutely in love. I will definitely order more. Muchas Gracias,
Jorge Lopez Marble sculptures and jade jewelry
"I especially like to engrave Maya motifs and designs. In this way, I promote the culture of this great civilization of our ancestors."
Popular Maya Bracelets
Sterling Silver and Black Cord Mayan Calendar Bracelet, "Tzolk'in Maya Calendar"$25.99
Working in sterling silver, Oscar Figueroa Escorcia recreates glyphs from the or Maya calendar in a stunning bracelet. Images relating to time periods encircle the "carrier of time," who bears all the experience and knowledge of life on his back. The black cord can be adjusted in length by sliding the knots.
Sterling Silver and Pale Green Jade Link Bracelet, "Maya Treasure in Light Green"
Faceted squares of light green jade roll along the length of this link bracelet like speckled hills. Meticulously handcrafted, it is a design by Guatemala's Jimenez Family, who work together to preserve the Mayan traditions of jade jewelry. They set the stones in sterling silver for a noble, contemporary design with a touch of history.
Dark Jade and Sterling Silver Link Bracelet from Guatemala, "Mayan Itzayana"$139.99
Five stones of dark green Guatemalan jade are featured along the length of this sterling silver link bracelet. For ancient Mayan cultures, jade was typically reserved for royalty and important persons. The gem is so dark in color that it seems almost black. It is showcased in this beautiful creation, handcrafted by members of the Jimenez Family. They name the bracelet a Mayan women's name meaning "God's gift."
Maya Strength Nahual Etched Jade Pendant Bracelet, "Maya Strength Nahual"
By Jorge Lopez, this bracelet depicts an ancient Maya hieroglyph in jade. Known as it represented by a pyramid seen from above, and the glyph symbolizes the warrior's strength and power. The jade pendant centers a black faux leather cord.
The etched image may fade somewhat over time, as a result of absorbing body oils and/or skincare products. Simply wash the pendant with soap and water and let it dry to refresh the design.