Friendship in Black
Sterling Silver Hand Braided Black Leather Bracelet
Friendship in Black, Sterling Silver Hand Braided Black Leather Bracelet
Agung JagraWorking in supple black leather, Agung Jagra braids a bracelet that wraps around the wrist. Sterling silver adorns each end, and a medallion in the center celebrates "Friendship." Steel...$49.99
Artist: Agung Jagra
Handmade Black Leather Wrap Bracelet from Brazil
Sleek Confidence, Handmade Black Leather Wrap Bracelet from Brazil
Marilia GuimaraesA bold accessory for both women and men, this bracelet is made of a leather cord that wraps several times around the wrist. Black in color, the bracelet is crafted by Brazilian artisan Marilia...$39.99
Unwavering in Dark Brown
Hand Made Leather and Stainless Steel Wristband Bracelet
Unwavering in Dark Brown, Hand Made Leather and Stainless Steel Wristband Bracelet
ChaloemphonThis classic wristband bracelet designed by Thai artisan Chaloemphon will never be far from your reach. Crafted from 100% leather, the bracelet features dovetailing black and dark brown bands...$23.99
Unwavering in Red
Leather and Stainless Steel Wristband Bracelet from Thailand
Unwavering in Red, Leather and Stainless Steel Wristband Bracelet from Thailand
ChaloemphonThis classic wristband bracelet designed by Thai artisan Chaloemphon will never be far from your reach. Crafted from 100% leather, the bracelet features dovetailing black and red bands accentuated by...$23.99
Black Sheepskin Leather Wristband Bracelet from Peru
Let's Rock, Black Sheepskin Leather Wristband Bracelet from Peru
Patsy ChangPeruvian artisan Patsy Chang designs an accessory that speaks to your inner rebel. "I became involved with leather work due to my father's influence, as he liked all things artisanal and crafted...$39.99
Artist: Patsy Chang
Three Turns in Black
Black Leather Magnetic Wrap Bracelet from Brazil
Three Turns in Black, Black Leather Magnetic Wrap Bracelet from Brazil
Marilia GuimaraesA single cord of black leather circles the wrist in this wrap bracelet by Brazil's Marilia Guimaraes, closing with a magnetic steel clasp. She nicknames her collection bijoulherias, a combination of...$39.99
Men's Braided Black Leather Wristband Bracelet from Peru
Bold Braid, Men's Braided Black Leather Wristband Bracelet from Peru
Adriana de GadeaA bold braid of black leather cord circles the wrist to create a striking men's wristband bracelet from Peru. Designed by Adriana de Gadea, this masculine accessory closes with a steel magnetic clasp.$49.99
Artist: Adriana de Gadea
Leather and Steel Wristband Bracelet from Brazil
Sleek Ring, Leather and Steel Wristband Bracelet from Brazil
Marilia GuimaraesA single black leather cord circles the wrist with minimalist elegance. Brazil's Marilia Guimaraes designs this wristband bracelet, closing it with a magnetic steel clasp. The artist names her jewelry...$39.99
Surrounded in Strength
Unisex Steel and Brown Faux Leather Wristband Bracelet
Surrounded in Strength, Unisex Steel and Brown Faux Leather Wristband Bracelet
Size: 7" Inner Circ. x 0.4" W
Marilia GuimaraesBrazilian artisan Marilia Guimaraes handcrafts an espresso brown faux leather wristband bracelet with unisex appeal. The bracelet is formed by two hinged arcs of nickel-plated steel beneath bands of...$59.99
Handcrafted Beige Leather Wrap Bracelet from Brazil
Daytime Flight, Handcrafted Beige Leather Wrap Bracelet from Brazil
Marilia GuimaraesMarilia Guimaraes designs this wrap bracelet that circles the wrist with a beige leather cord. The Brazilian artisan names her design bijoulherias, a combination of Portuguese words that reflects the...$39.99
Hands in Unity
Handmade Mexican Amber & Gold Unity Bracelet
Hands in Unity, Handmade Mexican Amber & Gold Unity Bracelet
Paola LopezSet with natural Mexican amber, two hands come together to grasp a golden globe. The handcrafted beads are bathed in 14k gold and center a unity bracelet of black cotton cords. Paola Lopez creates...$23.99
Artist: Paola Lopez
Men's Black Leather Cord Wrap Bracelet Steel Magnetic Clasp
Double Attraction, Men's Black Leather Cord Wrap Bracelet Steel Magnetic Clasp
Size: 15.25" L (end to end) x 0.2" W
Marilia GuimaraesBrazilian artisan Marilia Guimaraes handcrafts a sophisticated men's wrap bracelet from black leather cord. The single length of cord wraps around the wrist twice and is secured with a magnetic...$37.99
Leather and Steel Wrap Bracelet from Brazil
Midnight Flight, Leather and Steel Wrap Bracelet from Brazil
Marilia GuimaraesBlack leather cord wraps the wrist with minimalist elegance. Brazil's Marilia Guimaraes designs this wrap bracelet, closing it with a magnetic steel clasp. The artist names her jewelry bijoulherias, a...$39.99
Handcrafted Black Leather Wrap Bracelet from Brazil
Planetary Inspiration, Handcrafted Black Leather Wrap Bracelet from Brazil
Marilia GuimaraesMarilia Guimaraes draws her inspiration from the movements of planetary bodies, designing this wrap bracelet that circles the wrist with a strip of black leather. The Brazilian artisan names her...$39.99
Double Band Light Brown Leather Unisex Wristband Bracelet
Forged, Double Band Light Brown Leather Unisex Wristband Bracelet
Marilia GuimaraesTwo tubular bands of light brown leather capped in steel come together to create this unisex wristband bracelet. Brazilian artisan Marilia Guimaraes handcrafts the bracelet with a magnetic steel...$34.99
Indonesian Leather Braided Bracelet with Success Pendant
Success Charm, Indonesian Leather Braided Bracelet with Success Pendant
Size: 0.4" H x 0.6" W x 0.4" D
Agung JagraWorking in supple black leather, Agung Jagra braids a bracelet that encircles the wrist. Sterling silver adorns each end, and a pendant in the center celebrates life with the word "Success"....$57.99
Artist: Agung Jagra
Unwavering in Brown
Handmade Leather and Stainless Steel Wristband Bracelet
Unwavering in Brown, Handmade Leather and Stainless Steel Wristband Bracelet
ChaloemphonThis classic wristband bracelet designed by Thai artisan Chaloemphon will never be far from your reach. Crafted from 100% leather, the bracelet features dovetailing black and brown bands accentuated...$23.99
Urban Confidence in Brown
Handcrafted Men's Brown Leather Wrap Bracelet
Urban Confidence in Brown, Handcrafted Men's Brown Leather Wrap Bracelet
Marilia GuimaraesA sleek accessory for men, this wrap bracelet is made in Brazil. Artisan Marilia Guimaraes uses brown leather to craft the cord and steel for the magnetic closure.$37.99
Tubular Light Brown Leather Unisex Cord Bracelet
Mechanical Chic, Tubular Light Brown Leather Unisex Cord Bracelet
Marilia GuimaraesMinimalist and strong, this unisex cord bracelet features a single, tubular band of light brown leather. Brazilian artisan Marilia Guimaraes handcrafts the bracelet with a magnetic steel clasp.$23.99
Men's Steel Jewelry(19 items)
Discover the unique collection of Men's Steel 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.
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Marilia Guimaraes Leather jewelry
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