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
Men's Obsidian and Sterling Silver Hawk Ring from Bali
Sharp Hawk, Men's Obsidian and Sterling Silver Hawk Ring from Bali
US Ring Size: 7,8,10,11,12
Henry Anthony SannyWatching with sharp eyes of natural dark obsidian, the face of a hawk crowns this bold men's ring from Bali. Henry Anthony Sanny designs this masculine accessory.$114.99
Eye of Protection
Sterling Silver and Obsidian Eye of Horus Signet Ring
Eye of Protection, Sterling Silver and Obsidian Eye of Horus Signet Ring
US Ring Size: 8,9,10,11,12
Henry Anthony SannyThe eye of Horus, also known as wadjet, decorates the center of this handsome signet ring designed by Bali's Henry Anthony Sanny. In Egyptian mythology, Horus is a falcon-headed sky god whose right...$69.99
Mouth of the Jaguar
Men's Obsidian Jaguar Ring Crafted in Bali
Mouth of the Jaguar, Men's Obsidian Jaguar Ring Crafted in Bali
US Ring Size: 7,8,9,12
Henry Anthony SannyCrafted from sterling silver, the geometric face of a jaguar opens its jaws wide to encircle the finger. Balinese artisan Henry Anthony Sanny designs this striking and bold men's ring, featuring two...$104.99
Brass and Black Obsidian Cord Unity Bracelet from Bali
Golden Handshake, Brass and Black Obsidian Cord Unity Bracelet from Bali
Henry Anthony SannyCrafted of golden brass, hands come together to clasp an orb of black obsidian. They seem to share both its weight and responsibility in a single gesture of friendship. Henry Anthony Sanny displays...$29.99
Silver and Sodalite Artisan Crafted Men's Cross Necklace
Bold Witness, Silver and Sodalite Artisan Crafted Men's Cross Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Melina ManjarresBold and contemporary, this handsome men's necklace bears witness to the Christian faith. Melina Manjarres works in polished sterling silver to handcraft the cross and chain, adding color with richly...$119.99
Artist: Melina Manjarres
Men's Obsidian Owl Ring from Bali
Fierce Owl, Men's Obsidian Owl Ring from Bali
US Ring Size: 7,8,10,11,12
Henry Anthony SannyCrafted from sterling silver with a striking visage, the face of an owl centers this bold men's ring from Bali. Henry Anthony Sanny designs the ring, which stares out with dark eyes of natural...$104.99
Men's Owl Obsidian and Leather Braided Wrap Bracelet
Unblinking Owl, Men's Owl Obsidian and Leather Braided Wrap Bracelet
Henry Anthony SannyBy Balinese artisan Henry Anthony Sanny, this men's wrap bracelet encircles the wrist with bold elegance. Hand-braided leather cord in black forms a wristband, capped at the ends with the face and...$124.99
Artisan Crafted Obsidian and Onyx Beaded Stretch Bracelet
Nature's Beauty, Artisan Crafted Obsidian and Onyx Beaded Stretch Bracelet
Size: 6.5" Inner Circ. x 0.5" W
Rituu AgarwalStunning snowflake obsidian and onyx come together, evoking the beauty of nature's wonders. Presented by Rituu Agarwal of India, the beaded bracelet features alternating beads of smooth onyx and...$19.99
Artist: Rituu Agarwal
Handmade Mahogany Obsidian Pendant Necklace
Majestic Blade, Handmade Mahogany Obsidian Pendant Necklace
Size: longer than 22 inches
Rosa TomatisShaped like the ceremonial tumi blades used by pre-Inca cultures, this mahogany obsidian pendant is stunning. Artisan Rosa Tomatis from Peru complements the stone with a polished sterling silver bail....$119.99
Artist: Rosa Tomatis
Men's Obsidian Fang Pendant Necklace from Bali
Fang Talisman, Men's Obsidian Fang Pendant Necklace from Bali
Henry Anthony SannyCarved from a single piece of obsidian, a dark fang forms the pendant of this men's necklace from Bali. Henry Anthony Sanny designs the necklace, which cradles the fang with sterling silver, studded...$149.99
Men's Obsidian and Sterling Silver Necklace
Buddha Protector, Men's Obsidian and Sterling Silver Necklace
Size: 20 to 22 inches
Henry Anthony SannyThe powerful design of the necklace for men sees Buddha's smiling face. Similar to the Buddha depictions in Borobudur, the benevolent head rests atop a fang of clear obsidian. Bali's Henry Anthony...$87.99
Silver and Obsidian Artisan Crafted Men's Cross Necklace
Bold Witness, Silver and Obsidian Artisan Crafted Men's Cross Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Melina ManjarresBold and contemporary, this handsome men's necklace bears witness to the Christian faith. Melina Manjarres works in polished sterling silver to handcraft the cross and chain, adding contrast with...$119.99
Artist: Melina Manjarres
Obsidian and Sterling Silver Viking Signet Ring
Viking Protection, Obsidian and Sterling Silver Viking Signet Ring
Henry Anthony SannyBalinese artisan Henry Anthony Sanny presents this truly original signet ring in gleaming sterling silver and rich black obsidian. The face of the handsome ring is decorated in Viking symbols, while...$69.99
Men's Obsidian Pendant Necklace Crafted in Bali
Beautiful Obelisk, Men's Obsidian Pendant Necklace Crafted in Bali
Henry Anthony SannyCrafted from sterling silver with oxidized swirl motifs at the bottom, a cylindrical obelisk studded with dark obsidian centers this men's pendant necklace from Bali. Henry Anthony Sanny proudly...$89.99
Men's Obsidian Jewelry(15 items)
Discover the unique collection of Men's Obsidian Jewelry that NOVICA artisans have designed and crafted for you:
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
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.
Featured Reviews on Men's Obsidian Jewelry
Such a beautiful creation of unity!
A truly lovely bracelet, arrived without delay though backordered and inside a pretty bag in which to keep it. The design is simple and also wonderfully executed--the hands securely clasp each other and also the obsidian orb, and the bracelet is easy wear. So glad that I purchased this elegant piece of jewelry!
I bought the eagle ring. Size 7. It does say its a mens ring (I am female) but I was surprised by its size. It is absolutely gorgeous. Fantastic artwork and silver smithing. I cant wear it on a daily basis but have it sitting with some artwork so I can look at it everyday. You will not be disappointed.
Bold statement piece!
What a beautiful depiction of the noble jaguar. Illuminates your hand with luxurious sterling silver.
Henry Anthony Sanny Sterling silver and leather jewelry
Henry's jewelry collections for men are influenced by his Indonesian surroundings, as well as by his admiration of Japanese artistry.
His artistic spirit found reflection in jewelry design, and Bali became the perfect... read more