Handcrafted Silver Cocktail Ring with Sparkling Purple Drusy
Purple Dazzle, Handcrafted Silver Cocktail Ring with Sparkling Purple Drusy
US Ring Size: 5,6,9
AparnaCrowning a feminine cocktail ring, sparkling purple drusy quartz is dazzling. Aparna presents this elegant design, meticulously handcrafted of polished sterling silver.$19.99
Sterling Silver Geometric Drusy Quartz Pendant Necklace
Sparkling Harmony, Sterling Silver Geometric Drusy Quartz Pendant Necklace
BhaveshIndia's Bhavesh presents a necklace that combines geometric allure with sparkling glamour. Triangle and diamond-shaped pendants contain dazzling drusy gems, framed by sterling silver. They are...$29.99
Gold Plated Sterling Silver Rings from India (Set of 5)
Blue Rectangles, Gold Plated Sterling Silver Rings from India (Set of 5)
US Ring Size: 6,7
Neetu BarathiCrafted from 18k gold plated sterling silver with patterned bands, this set of five rings is designed by Neetu Barathi in India. Two band rings combine with two cocktail rings, which display two...$97.99
Sterling Silver White Druzy Square Pendant Necklace
White Sparkle, Sterling Silver White Druzy Square Pendant Necklace
BhaveshIndia's Bhavesh presents a beautiful necklace to add sparkle to your look. The sterling silver pendant with a rope motif embraces a white druzy gemstone, its luminous properties capturing the light in...$39.99
Pathway of the Sun
Freeform Drusy Citrine Pendant Necklace and Suede Cord
Pathway of the Sun, Freeform Drusy Citrine Pendant Necklace and Suede Cord
Size: longer than 22 inches
Joias do RioA golden drusy citrine evokes the sun in this elegant necklace. By artisans from Joias do Rio, the pendant features a free-form gemstone in a silver flashed setting. The pendant is worn on a black...$37.99
Sterling Silver Round White Drusy Quartz Stud Earrings
Round sparkle, Sterling Silver Round White Drusy Quartz Stud Earrings
Length: 0.4" x 0.4" W x 0.1" D
BhaveshTiny in size but replete with glamour, these earrings are presented by India's Bhavesh. White drusy quartz crystals are set within round sterling silver frames featuring a rope motif. These earrings...$49.99
Sterling Silver and Grey Drusy Round Stud Earrings
Round Grey, Sterling Silver and Grey Drusy Round Stud Earrings
Length: 0.4" x 0.4" W x 0.1" D
BhaveshIndia's Bhavesh presents a set of stud earrings that is ideal for the minimalist fashionista. Tiny drusy quartz circles in a sparkling titanium hue make a bold statement as they are surrounded by...$39.99
Brazilian Drusy Gold Plated Ring
Sparkling Life, Brazilian Drusy Gold Plated Ring
US Ring Size: 6,8
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilDrusy agate raindrops crown this ring with sparkling elegance. Enhanced to black and bronze hues, the gems are set in an 18k gold plated bronze ring crafted by hand for Novica's exquisite Gemstone...$47.99
Gold Plated Drusy Quartz and Chalcedony Waterfall Earrings
Lovely Cascade, Gold Plated Drusy Quartz and Chalcedony Waterfall Earrings
Length: 5" x 1" W x 0.2" D
Vivek NathanyFramed by sterling silver bathed in 22k gold, two square cabochons of drusy quartz are featured below round labradorite gems. Vivek Nathany designs these Indian earrings, featuring waterfalls of gold...$99.99
Artist: Vivek Nathany
Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings with Drusy and Smoky Quartz
Stormy Night, Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings with Drusy and Smoky Quartz
Length: 1.7" x 0.4" W x 0.2" D
AparnaDusky gemstones cast a spell of stormy elegance in these sterling silver dangle earrings from India's Aparna. The artisan sets checkerboard-faceted smoky quartz totaling three carats atop...$67.99
18k Gold Plated Drusy Waterfall Earrings from Brazil
Bronze Cascade, 18k Gold Plated Drusy Waterfall Earrings from Brazil
Length: 3.1" x 0.8" W x 0.2" D
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilThese earrings are as magnificent as Brazil's Itiquira waterfalls. Crowned with drusy agate enhanced to a metallic bronze hue, the 18k gold plated bronze earrings feature cascading chains that shimmer...$79.99
Labradorite and Drusy Cuff Bracelet from India
Imperial Mystery, Labradorite and Drusy Cuff Bracelet from India
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 0.7" W
Neetu BarathiNeetu Barathi carefully selects an 18-carat array of labradorite and drusy to form the pendant of this cuff bracelet from India. Inspired by the elegant charm of evening, the artisan handcrafts the...$119.99
Black Amazon Serpent
Gold Plated Drusy Snake Pendant
Black Amazon Serpent, Gold Plated Drusy Snake Pendant
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilDenizen of the Amazon, a serpent guards a sparkling treasure. From Novica's Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil collection, this dramatic pendant is crafted by hand. The design is bathed in 18k gold...$69.99
Drusy Pendant Necklace with Pearl and Gold Accents
Shimmering Sky, Drusy Pendant Necklace with Pearl and Gold Accents
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Khun BoomShimmering like fluffy afternoon clouds and set in sterling silver, lustrous drusy agate forms this beautiful pendant. Khun Boom hangs this simple, yet chic pendant on an oxidized sterling silver...
Artist: Khun Boom
Dark Path of the Sun
Dark Drusy Freeform Citrine Necklace with a Suede Cord
Dark Path of the Sun, Dark Drusy Freeform Citrine Necklace with a Suede Cord
Size: longer than 22 inches
Joias do RioA dark caramel drusy citrine evokes a shadowed sun in this elegant necklace. By artisans from Joias do Rio, the pendant features a free-form gemstone in a silver flashed setting. The pendant is worn...$29.99
Gold Plated White Drusy Virgin Mary Pendant Necklace
Virgin Halo, Gold Plated White Drusy Virgin Mary Pendant Necklace
Size: 14 to 16 inches
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilFrom Novica's Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil collection, this handcrafted necklace is plated in 18k gold. The pendant depicts the Virgin Mary in profile with a white Brazilian drusy agate forming...$37.99
Jewelry Set Bathed in 18 k Gold with Brazilian Drusy Agates
Bronze Windows, Jewelry Set Bathed in 18 k Gold with Brazilian Drusy Agates
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilThis extraordinary jewelry set comes from Novica's extraordinary collection of Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil. Plated in luxurious 18k gold, the artisan-crafted necklace and earrings showcase the...$59.99
Artisan Crafted Gold Plated Drusy Cocktail Ring
Golden Magnitude, Artisan Crafted Gold Plated Drusy Cocktail Ring
US Ring Size: 6,7
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilThis ring of golden magnificence comes from Novica's collection of Gemstone Jewelry from Southern Brazil. Crowned with drusy agate, both gem and brass ring are plated with 18 karat gold.$67.99
Cross My Heart
Gold Plated Drusy Agate Heart and Cross Necklaces (Set of 3)
Cross My Heart, Gold Plated Drusy Agate Heart and Cross Necklaces (Set of 3)
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilA glistening heart, a cross and an oval medallion center this set of three gold plated necklaces from Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil. The 18k gold plated sterling silver heart and the cross...$84.99
Brazilian Uncut Agate Necklace on Suede Cord
Magnificent Nature, Brazilian Uncut Agate Necklace on Suede Cord
Size: longer than 22 inches
Joias do RioBy artisans from Joias do Rio, this necklace features a free-form agate in a setting flashed in gleaming yellow gold. The handcrafted necklace showcases Brazil's magnificent gemstones, and a long...$39.99
Handcrafted Gold Plated Bronze Tone Brazilian Drusy Earrings
Bronze Beauty, Handcrafted Gold Plated Bronze Tone Brazilian Drusy Earrings
Size: 0.2" H x 0.6" Diam.
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilDark as a shadow, sparkling drusy agate evokes the moon. A halo of cubic zirconia surrounds the Brazilian gem, showcased in earrings. From Novica's Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil collection, the...$49.99
Dazzle By Night
Brazilian Drusy Rhodium Plated Square Earrings
Dazzle By Night, Brazilian Drusy Rhodium Plated Square Earrings
Length: 0.6" x 0.6" W
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilRhodium plated frames surround Brazilian drusy agates with a titanium hue, creating a spectacular effect. From Novica's Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil collection, the earrings are crafted with...$44.99
Aqua Chalcedony and Black Drusy Quartz Cuff Bracelet
Imperial Mist, Aqua Chalcedony and Black Drusy Quartz Cuff Bracelet
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 0.7" W
Neetu BarathiIn this fresh cuff bracelet design from India's Neetu Barathi, aqua chalcedony mingles with black drusy quartz. The oval gems of various sizes are set in gleaming sterling silver bezels for an...$139.99
Gold Plated Drusy Cocktail Ring
Golden Serpent, Gold Plated Drusy Cocktail Ring
US Ring Size: 6,7,8
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilDenizen of the Amazon, a serpent guards a sparkling treasure. From Novica's Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil collection, this dramatic ring is crafted by hand. The design is bathed in 18k gold to...$89.99
Golden Brazilian Drusy Agate Necklace and Earrings Set
Paradise Gold, Golden Brazilian Drusy Agate Necklace and Earrings Set
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilThis eye-catching jewelry set comes from Novica's extraordinary collection of Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil. Plated in 18k gold, the necklace and earrings highlight the cosmic beauty of golden...$74.99
Sterling Silver and Grey Drusy Quartz Pendant Necklace
Grey Sparkle, Sterling Silver and Grey Drusy Quartz Pendant Necklace
BhaveshDisplay the beauty of a geological wonder with this stunning necklace from Bhavesh. a glittering drusy in silver-grey tones quartz is ensconced in a rope of sterling silver. An elegant cable chain...$29.99
Gold plated drusy agate button earrings
Purple Galaxy, Gold plated drusy agate button earrings
Length: 0.59" x 0.59" W x 0.16" D
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilThese earrings sparkle with the uniqueness of drusy agate from Rio Grande du Sol. Novica is proud to present these elegant 18k gold plated bronze earrings from the Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil...$37.99
Drusy Agate and Cultured Peacock Pearl Ring
Moody, Drusy Agate and Cultured Peacock Pearl Ring
US Ring Size: 7
Mary GeludaThis fabulous cocktail ring is the original design of Brazil's Mary Geluda. The freeform ring is carved from mottled green and brown drusy agate, and crowned with a cultured peacock pearl with an...
Artist: Mary Geluda
Bronze Brazilian Drusy Agate Gold Plated Bracelet
Bronze Galaxy, Bronze Brazilian Drusy Agate Gold Plated Bracelet
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilFrom Novica's extraordinary collection of Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil, the modern design of this bracelet is centered by a sparkling bronze drusy. The enhanced agate is set in a rectangular...$27.99
Brazilian drusy agate dangle earrings
Magic, Brazilian drusy agate dangle earrings
Length: 1.2" x 0.3" W x 0.2" D
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilMined in Brazil, drusy agate is dazzling. The sparkling steel gray gem finds a showcase in earrings. From Novica's Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil collection, the pair is crafted by hand and...$109.99
3 Stone Brazilian Drusy Agate Ring Bathed in 18k Gold
Dazzling Trio, 3 Stone Brazilian Drusy Agate Ring Bathed in 18k Gold
US Ring Size: 7
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilDrusy agates in rich bronze tones embrace a gem with rich black nuances. Set in a gold plated ring from NOVICA's Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil collection, the sparkling gemstones are dazzling.$49.99
18k Gold and Rhodium Plated Druzy Waterfall Earrings
Magical Cascade, 18k Gold and Rhodium Plated Druzy Waterfall Earrings
Length: 2.4" x 0.4" W x 0.1" D
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilThe country of Brazil is fortunate to be blessed with one of the richest varieties of gemstones in the world. The artisans of Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil transform these gemstones into...$49.99
Gold Plated Curved Drusy Agate and Rhodium Drop Earrings
Magnificent Horseshoes, Gold Plated Curved Drusy Agate and Rhodium Drop Earrings
Length: 0.8" x 0.7" W x 0.1" D
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilShaped like horseshoes, these curved drop earrings are crafted from dark, patterned rhodium framed by 18k gold plated bronze. Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil creates these earrings, each one of...$37.99
Handcrafted Gold Plated Drusy Pendant Necklace
Galactic Black, Handcrafted Gold Plated Drusy Pendant Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilFramed in 18k gold over bronze, an oval of black drusy agate is mesmerizing. The pendant centers a stylish necklace from Novica's fascinating collection of gemstone jewelry from southern Brazil....$104.99
Round Drusy Cabochon Sterling Silver Ring
Sparkling Pink, Round Drusy Cabochon Sterling Silver Ring
US Ring Size: 7
ChintanThe crystalline surface of this round drusy cabochon is complemented by the crosshatch pattern on the band in this ring by India's Chintan. The gemstone is set within a raised sterling silver bezel...$29.99
Unique Brazilian Drusy Pendant Necklace
Discreet Joy, Unique Brazilian Drusy Pendant Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilFrom Novica's Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil collection, this elegant necklace is crafted by hand. The design is bathed in rhodium to showcase golden drusy quartz.$54.99
Golden Amazon Serpent
Fair Trade Gold Plated Drusy Cocktail Ring
Golden Amazon Serpent, Fair Trade Gold Plated Drusy Cocktail Ring
US Ring Size: 6,7
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilDenizen of the Amazon, a serpent guards a sparkling treasure. From Novica's Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil collection, this dramatic ring is crafted by hand. The design is bathed in 18k gold to...$39.99
Gold Plated Pendant Drusy Necklace from Brazil
Bronze Moon, Gold Plated Pendant Drusy Necklace from Brazil
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilRich in bronze tonalities, sparkling drusy agate evokes the moon. A halo of cubic zirconia surrounds the Brazilian gem, showcased in a necklace. From Novica's Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil...$109.99
Gold Plated Drusy Cocktail Ring
Violet Majesty, Gold Plated Drusy Cocktail Ring
US Ring Size: 6
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilViolet agate sparkles with the beauty of a twilight sky in the design of this ring. The ring comes from Novica's splendid Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil collection, and is crafted with 18k gold...$39.99
Unique Rhodium Plated Multi-Stone Drusy Rings (Set of 3)
Samba Glitz, Unique Rhodium Plated Multi-Stone Drusy Rings (Set of 3)
US Ring Size: 6
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilMined in Brazil, enhanced drusy agate is dazzling. The sparkling gem in shades of golden bronze, rose and dark steel gray finds a showcase in a trio of rhodium plated rings. From Novica's Gemstone...$59.99
Gold Plated Drusy Dangle Earrings
Sparkling Mirror, Gold Plated Drusy Dangle Earrings
Size: 0.6" W x 1" H
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilBathed with titanium, drusy agate acquires a fascinatingly rich gray tone for this design. Set in ornate 18k gold plated brass, they becomes dazzling earrings from Novica's collection of Gemstone...$39.99
Brazilian Gold Plated Drusy Cocktail Ring
Nightlife, Brazilian Gold Plated Drusy Cocktail Ring
US Ring Size: 6
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilNovica's collection of Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil features this ring that exalts the uniqueness of black drusy agate. Agate is said to attract strength and is regarded as a highly protective...$79.99
Rhodium Plated Drusy Rings (Set of 3)
Samba Glitz, Rhodium Plated Drusy Rings (Set of 3)
US Ring Size: 6.5
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilMined in Brazil, enhanced drusy agate is dazzling. The sparkling gem in shades of golden bronze, rose and dark steel gray finds a showcase in a trio of brushed rhodium plated rings. From Novica's...
Brazilian drusy agate bracelet
Brazil Enchantment, Brazilian drusy agate bracelet
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilDark as a shadow, sparkling drusy agate is enchanting. From Novica's Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil collection, this contemporary bracelet is crafted of bronze plated in 18k gold.
Brazilian drusy agate cocktail ring
Golden Twilight, Brazilian drusy agate cocktail ring
US Ring Size: 6,7,8
Gemstone Jewelry of Southern BrazilThis cocktail ring glistens with bold bronze elegance. A treasure in Novica's fascinating collection of Gemstone Jewelry of Southern Brazil, the ring contrasts 18k gold plated bronze with drusy agate...$47.99
Discover NOVICA's Drusy Jewelry Collection. Drusy is a fine covering of crystals that form on a rock's surface, characterized by its sparkling, glitter-like shimmer. Beloved by artisan jewelry makers from around the world, you'll find handcrafted drusy necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings in this unique, colorful collection.
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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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