Wrap Style Bracelet with Glass Beads
Candy Shop, Wrap Style Bracelet with Glass Beads
Size: 34.5" L x 0.4" W
Weaving Hands of AtitlanArtisans from the Weaving Hands of Atitlan in Guatemala design and craft this wonderful wrap bracelet. The bracelet is made from an assortment of candy-colored glass beads that are knotted on nylon...$79.99
Multicolor Maize Man
Braided Cord Bracelet with Corn Man Pendant from Guatemala
Multicolor Maize Man, Braided Cord Bracelet with Corn Man Pendant from Guatemala
WakamiThe artisans of the Wakami cooperative draw inspiration from the ancient Mayan legend of the 'Maize People' for this colorful wrap bracelet. They craft it from braided multicolored cords and finish it...$25.99
Hand-Painted Bone and Amethyst Feather Dangle Earrings
Antique Feathers, Hand-Painted Bone and Amethyst Feather Dangle Earrings
Length: 2.2" x 0.4" W x 0.2" D
Ayu AryPainted by hand, two feathers are carved from bone, dangling below petite beads of amethyst. Ayu Ary designs these Balinese earrings, which swing from hooks of sterling silver.
Artist: Ayu Ary
Cat's Eye and Cotton Fabric Dangle Earrings from Ghana
Ohemaa Elegance, Cat's Eye and Cotton Fabric Dangle Earrings from Ghana
Length: 3.5" x 4.3" W
Lydia Mawuenya AmedzratorBeneath beads of natural cat's eye, frills of cotton fabric printed with colorful African motifs dangle. Ghanaian artisan Lydia Mawuenya Amedzrator creates these earrings, which swing from brass...
Artist: Lydia Mawuenya Amedzrator
Gold-Plated Multi-Gem Citrine Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Citrine Rainbow, Gold-Plated Multi-Gem Citrine Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Length: 2" x 0.4" W
SaranaratA dazzling rainbow of tourmaline, peridot, and tanzanite surrounds faceted citrine drops in Saranarat's dangle earrings. Almost ten carats of gemstones hang from links on the sterling silver hooks...$39.99
Sterling Silver Tourmaline Floral Pendant Necklace Thailand
Winter Bloom, Sterling Silver Tourmaline Floral Pendant Necklace Thailand
Sarote LochotinuntA graceful winter bloom adorns the neck in this pendant necklace from Indonesia. Featuring a design by Sarote Lochotinunt, the pendant is crafted from sterling silver for a shining look, featuring a...$47.99
Artist: Sarote Lochotinunt
Pearl Aquamarine Quartz Cluster Earrings
Clover, Pearl Aquamarine Quartz Cluster Earrings
Length: 1.6" x 0.5" W
NareeratKnotted by hand on silvery strands, gemstones cluster in radiant earrings. Nareerat combines grey pearls with aquamarine, quartz and glass beads.
.925 Sterling silver hooks
Multigem Beaded Bracelets (Set of 3) Citrine from Brazil
Ocean Trio, Multigem Beaded Bracelets (Set of 3) Citrine from Brazil
Size: 7" Inner Circ. x 0.8" W
Joias do RioBy Brazil's Joias do Rio, three beaded multi-gemstone bracelets capture all of the beautiful colors found in the ocean. Citrine, dyed chalcedony, agate, rose quartz and reconstituted turquoise adorn...
Artist: Joias do Rio
Valley of Color
Handmade Multi-Color Agate Brass Beaded Anklet with Loop
Valley of Color, Handmade Multi-Color Agate Brass Beaded Anklet with Loop
Tiraphan HasubThailand's Tiraphan Hasub orchestrates a dazzling harmony of colors with the design of this anklet. She crafts the anklet by hand, combining multi-color agate and glistening brass beads. The anklet...
Artist: Tiraphan Hasub
Moon and Stars
Artisan Crafted Cultured Pearl and Garnet Ring with Peridot
Moon and Stars, Artisan Crafted Cultured Pearl and Garnet Ring with Peridot
US Ring Size: 7,8,9,10,11,12,13
BuanaOrnate and beautiful, this sumptuous design is the work of Buana in Bali. He crafts a silver ring centered by a luminous pearl hemisphere. Sterling spirals, sparkling garnet and cool peridot add...
Mother Sea Turtle
Silver and Blue Topaz Turtle Necklace
Mother Sea Turtle, Silver and Blue Topaz Turtle Necklace
Kadek HendraA baby sea turtle swims close to his mother in warm tropical waters. Crowned by faceted blue topaz, peridot and citrine, this ornate silver necklace is handcrafted by Kadek Hendra. .925 Sterling...
Thailand Yellow Pearl Carnelian Quartz Cluster Earrings
Golden Vineyard, Thailand Yellow Pearl Carnelian Quartz Cluster Earrings
Length: 1.8" x 0.4" W
NareeratKnotted by hand on golden strands, gemstones cluster like sweet ripe grapes. Nareerat creates these elegant earrings with golden pearls, bright carnelian, and green and beige quartz. .925 Sterling...$27.95
Bali Amethyst and Blue Topaz Multi-Stone Silver Ring
Lolly, Bali Amethyst and Blue Topaz Multi-Stone Silver Ring
US Ring Size: 6,7,8,9,11
Jenny SetiawanSparkling amethyst and blue topaz meet a cubic zirconia, composing a stunning formation in this intriguing ring. Designed by Jenny Setiawan, this modern Balinese cocktail ring is crafted from sterling...$69.99
Artist: Jenny Setiawan
Turtle in Paradise
Artisan Crafted Balinese Turtle Theme Ring with Gemstones
Turtle in Paradise, Artisan Crafted Balinese Turtle Theme Ring with Gemstones
US Ring Size: 6,7,8,9,10
Kadek HendraRealistically sculpted of sterling silver, a Balinese sea turtle finds paradise in the warm waters of the Balinese sea. Two baby turtles swim alongside. Kadek Hendra adorns the handcrafted ring with...
Multi-Gemstone Floral Pendant Necklace from India
Floral Chakra, Multi-Gemstone Floral Pendant Necklace from India
Alok JainPresented by Alok Jain, a colorful flower centers a length of sterling silver cable chain in this pendant necklace from India. Local artisans craft it with petals of garnet, carnelian, citrine...$67.99
Multi-Gemstone Chakra Meditation Pendant Necklace from India
Harmonious Mind, Multi-Gemstone Chakra Meditation Pendant Necklace from India
Alok JainChakras align in the form of seven faceted gemstones held within a sterling silver figure in a meditative pose. Alok Jain's pendant necklace is simple yet elegant in its design as it represents the...
6.3 Cts Multi-gemstone Medallion Necklace
Om Magnificence, 6.3 Cts Multi-gemstone Medallion Necklace
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Alok JainA glistening gemstone halo surrounds the legendary Om symbol in the beautiful medallion of this necklace. From Alok Jain, the seven gems total 6.3 carats and are chosen by virtue of their color, each...$54.99
Glass Beaded Silver and Ceramic Pendant Bracelet (7 Inch)
Paquime Tradition, Glass Beaded Silver and Ceramic Pendant Bracelet (7 Inch)
Size: 7.25" L (end to end) x 0.9" W
Salvador BarreraInspired by the traditional art of Paquime, Mexican artisan Salvador Barrera creates this cultural bracelet. He works in the style of Taxco silversmithing, framing a hand-painted ceramic square with...$77.99
Seven-Gemstone Dangle Earrings in 925 Sterling Silver
Chakra Balance, Seven-Gemstone Dangle Earrings in 925 Sterling Silver
Length: 1.8" x 0.3" W x 0.1" D
Alok JainIn Sanskrit, chakra refers to an energy vortex through which vital universal forces are channeled, and there are believed to be seven in the human body. When all seven are aligned, the person feels a...
Artisan Crafted Beaded Dangle Earrings with Quartz
Early Light, Artisan Crafted Beaded Dangle Earrings with Quartz
Length: 1.8" x 0.5" W
Novica Thailand Market PicksThis scintillating pair of earrings is from NOVICA Thailand Market Picks. They feature shimmery glass beads and dyed quartz knotted on sterling silver plated brass hooks..925 Sterling silver plated...$9.99
Multi-gemstone and Carved Bone Link Bracelet from Bali
Noble Lady, Multi-gemstone and Carved Bone Link Bracelet from Bali
Dewi PuteraOver 6 carats of gemstones grace this elegant link bracelet from Bali's Dewi Putera. Amethyst, citrine, blue topaz and garnet flank a beautiful center pendant hand-carved of smooth cow bone. The...$99.99
Artist: Dewi Putera
Black Tourmaline Pendant Necklace with Black Leather Cord
Sculpted Strength, Black Tourmaline Pendant Necklace with Black Leather Cord
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Silvia LimaSilvia Lima of Brazil designs this necklace featuring a pendant of black tourmaline that highlights the striations of the crystalline structure, giving the sense of a pillar of strength. The...$94.99
Artist: Silvia Lima
Handmade 22k Gold Plated Sterling Silver Gemstone Earrings
Vibrant Shimmer, Handmade 22k Gold Plated Sterling Silver Gemstone Earrings
Length: 2.4" x 1.2" W x 0" D
Vivek NathanyAn array of stunning gemstones and cultured pearls shine and sway from brilliant sterling silver hoops covered with 22k gold. Designed by Vikek Nathany of India, these dazzling dangle earrings...
Artist: Vivek Nathany
Floral Eye in Blue
Artisan Handmade 925 Sterling Silver Topaz Pendant Necklace
Floral Eye in Blue, Artisan Handmade 925 Sterling Silver Topaz Pendant Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Putu PutriA piercing eye of blue topaz sits proudly in the center of a floral embellished, 925 sterling silver pendant in this gorgeous necklace by Putu Putri of Indonesia. Each pendant necklace is hand crafted...$54.99
Artist: Putu Putri
Multicolored Resin and Paper Stud Earrings from Costa Rica
Multicolored Splendor, Multicolored Resin and Paper Stud Earrings from Costa Rica
Size: 0.2" H x 0.5" Diam.
Katherine VargasPrinted onto paper and coated in resin, splendorous floral motifs in multicolor decorate this pair of stud earrings from Costa Rica. Katherine Vargas designs the earrings, which adorn the wearer on...$19.99
Artist: Katherine Vargas
Light Blue Princess
Blue Quartz Multi-Gemstone Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Light Blue Princess, Blue Quartz Multi-Gemstone Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Length: 1.9" x 0.6" W
NareeratEnchanting clusters of peridot and agate hang above two blue quartz stones in this dainty pair of dangle earrings from Thailand. Designed by Nareerat, these fetching earrings adorn the ears on hooks...$19.99
Amethyst Blue Topaz and Garnet Multi-Band Ring from Bali
Eternal Majesty, Amethyst Blue Topaz and Garnet Multi-Band Ring from Bali
US Ring Size: 5,6,9,10
Ketut SulastriStones of amethyst, blue topaz, and garnet achieve a sleek, yet complex look atop this multi-band sterling silver ring. Indonesia's Ketut Sulastri designs this brilliant accessory with four...
Sterling Silver Rainbow Moonstone Floral Dangle Earrings
Goddess Blooms, Sterling Silver Rainbow Moonstone Floral Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.6" x 1" W x 0.2" D
Neeru GoelChanneling her feminine energy, Neeru Goel presents exquisite earrings. Sterling silver floral bezels feature rainbow moonstone, peridot and amethysts that sparkle in the light.$79.99
Multicolored Glass Beaded Wristband Bracelet from Guatemala
Amatique Bay, Multicolored Glass Beaded Wristband Bracelet from Guatemala
Weaving Hands of AtitlanIn a striking array of grey, blue, and orange colors, this wristband bracelet features a handcrafted design by the artisans at Weaving Hands of Atitlan, who string petite glass beads on four strands...
Glass Beaded Wrap Bracelet in Beige from Guatemala
Autumn Sweetness, Glass Beaded Wrap Bracelet in Beige from Guatemala
Weaving Hands of AtitlanStriking glass beads in red and beige colors in a variety of shapes adorn the length of this wrap bracelet by Weaving Hands of Atitlan. The beads are strung on a nylon cord, wrapping around the wrist...$79.99
Multicolor Tourmaline and Pearls on Gold Plated Earrings
Thai Vineyard, Multicolor Tourmaline and Pearls on Gold Plated Earrings
Length: 2.5" x 0.6" W
SaranaratA cascade of tourmaline in shades of chardonnay, merlot, and more showers a large freshwater pearl in these playful, dangly earrings by Thai artisan Saranarat. The earrings feature 24k gold-plated...$99.95
Field of Celebration
Colorful Blue Red and Green Glass Bead Wrap Bracelet
Field of Celebration, Colorful Blue Red and Green Glass Bead Wrap Bracelet
Weaving Hands of AtitlanGorgeous color combinations of red, blue, silver tone, yellow and green make this glass bead wrap bracelet a standout. Members of the Weaving Hands of Atitlan of Guatemala handcraft this bracelet...$74.99
Multi-Gem Peridot Amethyst and Rainbow Moonstone Necklace
Majestic Harmony, Multi-Gem Peridot Amethyst and Rainbow Moonstone Necklace
Neeru GoelCrafted of sterling silver with broad, swooping shapes, this multi-gemstone pendant necklace features over one carat of peridot and amethyst stones, accompanied by an oval rainbow moonstone. Centering...
Handcrafted Peridot and Citrine Choker
Precious Blossoms, Handcrafted Peridot and Citrine Choker
Size: 16 to 18 inches
BusarinPristine petals conjure a luxuriant flower that blooms deep in Thailand's rain forest. Its tendrils and floral buds cascade in delicate array. Combining peridot and aventurine with sunny citrine and...$49.99
Balinese Cultured Pearl and Moonstone Amethyst Earrings
Sky Empress, Balinese Cultured Pearl and Moonstone Amethyst Earrings
Length: 2.4" x 0.8" W x 0.7" D
BuanaLuminous and lovely, rainbow moonstone nestles in ornate silver settings. Buana adds faceted amethyst totaling 1 carat, and cultured peacock pearls. He meticulously crafts these earrings by hand. .925...
Amethyst and Aventurine Flower Necklace
Lilac Sonata, Amethyst and Aventurine Flower Necklace
Size: 14 to 16 inches
SasinaFabulous lilac flowers center this necklace by Sasina. She surrounds the pearl blooms with a pearl and a spray of aventurine, garnet, peridot, dyed green quartz and tiger's eye. Sasina crafts the...
Turquoise and Beige Guatemalan Glass Beaded Wrap Bracelet
Beachcomber, Turquoise and Beige Guatemalan Glass Beaded Wrap Bracelet
Weaving Hands of AtitlanWrap yourself in layers of color with this glass beaded bracelet hand crafted by the Weaving Hands of Atitlán from Guatemala. The artisans weave glass beads in the cool blue-greens and warm browns of...
Berry Loving Peace
Beaded Bracelet with Calcite Peace and Love Sign
Berry Loving Peace, Beaded Bracelet with Calcite Peace and Love Sign
Novica Thailand Market PicksFrom light pink to purple and blue, colorful beads surrounds the iconic peace and love sign that centers this bracelet. From Thailand, the wristband is crafted by hand with white calcite at the center...$9.99
Dolphin Themed Gemstone Bead Bracelet with 950 Silver
Dolphin Adventure, Dolphin Themed Gemstone Bead Bracelet with 950 Silver
TipaConjuring all the colors of the sea, Tipa in Thailand creates this multi-gemstone beaded bracelet. One strand features faceted rondelles of dyed purple quartz, while the other strand alternates beads...$67.99
Sterling Silver Dragon Earrings Garnet Citrine and Topaz
Dragon's Prize, Sterling Silver Dragon Earrings Garnet Citrine and Topaz
Length: 2.2" x 0.9" W x 0.2" D
Kadek HendraTwin dragons fiercely guard their gemstone treasures in the fabulous design of these earrings. By Bali's Kadek Hendra, the sterling silver earrings are crafted with citrine, garnet and blue topaz...$79.99
Rainbow Loving Peace
Peace and Love Sign with Multicolored Beads Bracelet
Rainbow Loving Peace, Peace and Love Sign with Multicolored Beads Bracelet
Novica Thailand Market PicksA rainbow of colorful beads surrounds the iconic peace and love sign that centers this bracelet. From Thailand, the wristband is crafted by hand with white calcite at the center of this dark brown...$9.99
Thai Carnelian and Yellow Quartz Earrings with Garnet
Seasonal Bloom, Thai Carnelian and Yellow Quartz Earrings with Garnet
Length: 2.2" x 0.7" W
AnusaraColorful gemstone beads form a delightful diamond in modern earrings by Anusara. Crafted by hand, they combine yellow quartz and carnelian with garnet and tiger's eye accents. .925 Sterling silver...$25.99
Meeting of Hearts
Multi-gemstone Gold Accented Cuff Bracelet from Bali
Meeting of Hearts, Multi-gemstone Gold Accented Cuff Bracelet from Bali
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 0.3" W
Kadek HendraTwo hearts meet as if by fate, their centers aglow with lilac light. This stunning cuff bracelet by Bali artisan Kadek Hendra is cleverly designed to look like bamboo stalks, with florid details at...$239.99
Blue Topaz Peridot Amethyst Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Shimmering Alliance, Blue Topaz Peridot Amethyst Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.6" x 0.3" W x 0.2" D
Neeru GoelThree shapes, three colors, and three gems form each dangling earring of this pair from Neeru Goel. An oval blue topaz tops the trio, followed by a round peridot and marquise-shaped amethyst. The rich...$47.99
Sterling Silver Gemstone Pendant Necklace from India
Glamour Burst, Sterling Silver Gemstone Pendant Necklace from India
Size: 18 to 20 inches
BhaveshAmethyst, peridot, blue topaz, and citrine glitter in beautiful pastels in a colorful cluster that showcases 17 gemstone carats. Hanging neatly on a polished cable chain, it graces a sparkling pendant...$114.99
Hand-Painted Cedar Wood Dangle Earrings from Guatemala
Patzun Marvels, Hand-Painted Cedar Wood Dangle Earrings from Guatemala
Length: 1.9" x 0.5" W x 0.1" D
Meliza TzayInspired by the cultural richness of the village of Patzun, Guatemalan artisan Meliza Tzay designs and crafts this pair of dangle earrings. Two rectangles are crafted from cedar wood, painted by hand...
Artist: Meliza Tzay
Frida in Black
Handmade Beaded Frida Dangle Earrings
Frida in Black, Handmade Beaded Frida Dangle Earrings
Length: 2.6" x 1.2" W x 0.1" D
Adriana TrejoIn an homage to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Adriana Trejo creates these pretty dangle earrings. Trejo helps to preserve and promote her Huichol culture by creating elaborate beaded jewelry in the...$29.99
Handcrafted Frida Kahlo and Flowers Wood Dangle Earrings
Frida Adorned, Handcrafted Frida Kahlo and Flowers Wood Dangle Earrings
Length: 4.2" x 1.5" W x 0.2" D
Ana Luisa ZavalaThese handcrafted dangle earrings frame an image of the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo surrounded by blooming flowers. Mexican artisan Ana Luisa Zavala laser cuts wood into the scalloped miniature...$29.99
Artist: Ana Luisa Zavala
Carnelian Multi-Gemstone Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Wistful Memory, Carnelian Multi-Gemstone Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Length: 1.7" x 0.6" W
NareeratStrung on silk thread, two glistening stones of natural carnelian fall below clusters of petite quartz, peridot, citrine, and glass beads. This colorful pair of dangle earrings from Thailand is...$14.99
Meditation in Turquoise
Artisan Crafted Multi-Gemstone and Nylon Lariat Necklace
Meditation in Turquoise, Artisan Crafted Multi-Gemstone and Nylon Lariat Necklace
Size: longer than 22 inches
Ketut SulastriDainty charms dangle from a vibrant turquoise lariat necklace crafted from hand braided nylon thread. Ketut Sulastri of Bali presents this stunning necklace featuring a sterling silver charm in the...
Handmade Multi-Gemstone Sterling Silver Waterfall Earrings
Jeweled Drizzle, Handmade Multi-Gemstone Sterling Silver Waterfall Earrings
Length: 2.8" x 0.3" W x 0.3" D
Ketut SulastriSince childhood, Balinese artisan Ketut Sulastri has been designing jewelry that blends Indonesian tradition with modern style. These waterfall earrings, dripping with gems, combine the natural beauty...
Unique Lapis Lazuli, Quartz and Amethyst Bead Necklace
Twilight Symphony, Unique Lapis Lazuli, Quartz and Amethyst Bead Necklace
Size: 18 to 20 inches
NareeratA rich variety of twilight-hued gemstones becomes a harmonious necklace in this original design from Thailand's Nareerat. The ensemble consists of lapis lazuli, smoky quartz, amethyst and dyed quartz...$57.99
Floral Motif Ceramic Peace Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Flower Child, Floral Motif Ceramic Peace Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Napat ChotpruekchookulExpress your inner flower child with this pendant necklace from Thailand. Crafted of ceramic, the pendant takes the form of a peace symbol, painted by hand with colorful floral motifs. Napat...$59.99
Artist: Napat Chotpruekchookul
Tiny Flowers in Light Blue
Carnelian Amethyst and Calcite Beaded Necklace from Thailand
Tiny Flowers in Light Blue, Carnelian Amethyst and Calcite Beaded Necklace from Thailand
Size: 16 to 18 inches
AnusaraTiny flowers are crafted of blue calcite petals that surround centers of natural red carnelian, adorning the neck with a passionate beauty. Designed by Thai artisan Anusara, this wonderful beaded...$44.99
Floral Garnet Stud Earrings from Thailand
Winter Blooms, Floral Garnet Stud Earrings from Thailand
Length: 0.4" x 0.4" W
Sarote LochotinuntGraceful winter blooms adorn the ears in this pair of stud earrings from Indonesia. Featuring a design by Sarote Lochotinunt, each earring is crafted from sterling silver, featuring a single petite...$23.99
Artist: Sarote Lochotinunt
Moonstone Garnet and Tourmaline 24k Gold Plated Earrings
Rainbow Snow, Moonstone Garnet and Tourmaline 24k Gold Plated Earrings
Length: 2.6" x 0.6" W
SaranaratMoonstone crowns earrings of singular beauty designed by Thailand's Saranarat. Garnet and colorful tourmalines escort the mystical gem in 24k gold plated sterling silver earrings that are crafted by...
Multi-Gemstone Sterling Silver Buddha Necklace from Bali
Buddha's Earrings, Multi-Gemstone Sterling Silver Buddha Necklace from Bali
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Made WardikaThe peaceful face of Buddha is captured in bone, carved by hand in the pendant of this Balinese necklace. Made Wardika designs the necklace, elaborating Buddha with a sterling silver headdress...
Artist: Made Wardika
Handmade Multicolored Beaded Frida Earrings
Rainbow Frida, Handmade Multicolored Beaded Frida Earrings
Length: 2.5" x 1.2" W x 0.1" D
Adriana TrejoThe unmistakable visage of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is recreated in these funky earrings from Adriana Trejo. Working to preserve and promote her Huichol heritage, the artisan creates elaborate...$29.99
21.5-Carat Silver Necklace with Four Kinds of Faceted Gems
Color Cascade, 21.5-Carat Silver Necklace with Four Kinds of Faceted Gems
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Alok JainGently embraced by sterling silver, gemstone droplets form a colorful cascade in this necklace from Alok Jain. Faceted peridot, amethyst, blue topaz and citrine total 21.5 sumptuous carats. .925...
Hand Made Beaded Calcite and Garnet Bracelet from Thailand
Everlasting, Hand Made Beaded Calcite and Garnet Bracelet from Thailand
SasinaThis remarkable bracelet is made from calcite, garnet, and carnelian on silk threads. Hand-knotted by Thai artisan Sasina, this bracelet is sunny and delightful. The bracelet features a sterling...$25.99
Hand-Painted Cultural Copper and Ceramic Cuff Bracelet
Paquime Tradition, Hand-Painted Cultural Copper and Ceramic Cuff Bracelet
Size: 6.25" L (end to end) x 0.9" W
Salvador BarreraInspired by the traditional art of Paquime, Mexican artisan Salvador Barreda creates this cultural bracelet. He works in the style of Taxco silversmithing, framing a hand-painted ceramic square with...$77.99
Geometric Cultural Silver and Ceramic Dangle Earrings
Paquime Forms, Geometric Cultural Silver and Ceramic Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.4" x 0.8" W x 0.2" D
Salvador BarreraDrawing inspiration from the traditional forms of Paquime art, Mexican artisan Salvador Barrera creates this intriguing pair of dangle earrings. Two squares of hand-painted ceramic are framed by...$59.99
Line of Time
Handcrafted Glass Beaded Wrap Bracelet from Guatemala
Line of Time, Handcrafted Glass Beaded Wrap Bracelet from Guatemala
Weaving Hands of AtitlanInspired by the passage of time, the Guatemalan artisans at Weaving Hands of Atitlan design a stunning wrap bracelet. Two nylon cords wrap the wrist, hand-beaded with colorful glass. The bracelet...$79.99
Huichol Glass Beaded Necklace in Blue from Mexico
Icy Huichol, Huichol Glass Beaded Necklace in Blue from Mexico
Size: longer than 22 inches
Adriana TrejoWorking in the tradition of Huichol artistry, Mexican artisan Adriana Trejo creates this cool pendant necklace. She strings petite glass beads by hand to create a circular pendant with a beaded...$44.99
Hand Carved Bone, Silver, and Gemstone Cuff Bracelet
Moon Empress, Hand Carved Bone, Silver, and Gemstone Cuff Bracelet
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 1.5" W
BuanaSerenely beautiful, the milky face of the moon appears to glow from within. Buana of Bali presents this beautiful cuff bracelet, crafted from sterling silver and set with a cameo of hand-carved cow...
Rainbow Color Beads on Hand Crafted Green Bracelet
Green Rainbow, Rainbow Color Beads on Hand Crafted Green Bracelet
Novica Thailand Market PicksBeaded crosses the color of the rainbow are fascinating in a handcrafted bracelet from Thailand. Dotted with silver-colored brass beads, the green wristband can tie at the desired length.$9.99
Beaded Necklace with Rose Quartz and Amethyst
Thai Interlude, Beaded Necklace with Rose Quartz and Amethyst
Size: 20 to 22 inches
SasinaDiscreet taupe cords form the backdrop for this pretty beaded necklace from Sasina in Thailand. The artisan selects a cheerful pastel array of rose quartz, amethyst, and aventurine gems for her...$27.99
Multi-Gemstone Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet from India
Harmonious Luster, Multi-Gemstone Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet from India
Size: 5.5" L (end to end) x 1.2" W
Neetu BarathiOver fifty-one carats of stunning faceted gemstones glisten elegantly in this gorgeous cuff bracelet from India. Designed by Neetu Barathi, the beautiful cuff features one labradorite, two rose...$157.99
Artist: Neetu Barathi
Artisan Crafted Gold Plated Bracelet with Agates
Happy Sunflower, Artisan Crafted Gold Plated Bracelet with Agates
Size: 7" Inner Circ. x 0.3" W
Alejandra TorresAlejandra Torres selects multicolored agates for the design of this stunning bracelet. Featuring a sunflower for a charm, the stretch bracelet is handcrafted with 18k gold plated brass and enhanced...
Artist: Alejandra Torres
Carnelian Beaded Earrings
Bold Harmony, Carnelian Beaded Earrings
Length: 2" x 0.6" W
SasinaThailand's Sasina contrasts cool blue with fiery orange and yellow for the bold design of these earrings. She crafts the stunning earrings by hand with glistening carnelian, dyed yellow agate and dyed...
Gold Plated Gemstone Necklace with Prasiolite and Amethyst
Golden Age, Gold Plated Gemstone Necklace with Prasiolite and Amethyst
Size: longer than 22 inches
National Geographic Jewelry CollectionThe golden age of Indian jewelry arrived with the Mughal emperors in the 16th century. From turban to toe, rulers and their courtiers wore countless gemstones. So-called "sumptuary laws"...$260.10
Sweet Skulls in Orange
Orange Rose Catrina Cold Porcelain Button Earrings
Sweet Skulls in Orange, Orange Rose Catrina Cold Porcelain Button Earrings
Length: 0.6" x 0.6" W x 0.3" D
Berenice ZentenoIn this pair of cold porcelain button earrings, Mexican artisan Berenice Zenteno creates her interpretation of the Catrina, the Grand Dame of Death ubiquitous with Day of the Dead celebrations. The...$23.99
Artist: Berenice Zenteno
Handmade Cuff Bracelet with Gemstones, Bone, and Silver
Moon Queen, Handmade Cuff Bracelet with Gemstones, Bone, and Silver
Size: 6" Inner Circ. x 1.5" W
BuanaCrowned with stars, the milky face of the moon appears to glow from within. Buana of Bali presents this beautiful cuff bracelet, crafted from sterling silver and set with a cameo of hand-carved cow...
Gold Plated Hook Earrings with Amethyst and Tourmaline
Harvest Beauty, Gold Plated Hook Earrings with Amethyst and Tourmaline
Length: 1.4" x 0.5" W
SaranaratRadiant like the harvest moon, amethyst is fascinating in earrings by Saranarat. Colorful tourmalines dazzle like mystical stars in earrings that are crafted by hand with 24k gold plated sterling...
Hand Beaded Smoky Quartz Onyx and Agate Necklace
Essential Earth, Hand Beaded Smoky Quartz Onyx and Agate Necklace
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Kai KittimaPlanet-like globes of agate, onyx, and smoky quartz star in this earthy beaded necklace from Thailand artisan Kai Kittima. She creates the necklace by hand,adding tiny agate beads and faceted glass...$87.99
Artist: Kai Kittima
Calm Rain in Multicolor
Multicolored Ceramic Beaded Strand Necklace from Guatemala
Calm Rain in Multicolor, Multicolored Ceramic Beaded Strand Necklace from Guatemala
Jaime Hernando VargasEvoking a calm rain at the end of the day, this necklace is designed and crafted by Guatemalan artisan Jaime Hernando Vargas. He crafts the adjustable necklace by hand, beading several strands of...$49.99
Artist: Jaime Hernando Vargas
Amethyst and Calcite Necklace
Tender Blossoms, Amethyst and Calcite Necklace
Size: longer than 22 inches
BusarinTumbling in a joyous spray, amethyst, peridot and blue calcite blossom on beaded strands. Faceted crystal joins them in an exuberant design by Busarin. The delightful handcrafted necklace is...$59.99
Thai Handcrafted Ceramic Peace Sign Pendant Necklace
Colorful Peace, Thai Handcrafted Ceramic Peace Sign Pendant Necklace
Napat ChotpruekchookulReminiscent of the 1960s, this retro necklace is designed and crafted by Thai artisan Napat Chotpruekchookul. Expertly handcrafted from ceramic, the pendant depicts the peace sign in a rainbow of...$67.99
Artist: Napat Chotpruekchookul
Colorful Jasper and Brass Bracelet from Thailand
Summer's Charm, Colorful Jasper and Brass Bracelet from Thailand
Tiraphan HasubAll the beauty and charm of a summer meadow are captured in the myriad colors of jasper in this beaded bracelet from Tiraphan Hasub. She complements the jasper with gleaming brass beads in round and...$27.99
Artist: Tiraphan Hasub
Peach and Aqua Waterfall
Huichol Beadwork Peach-Aqua-Tangerine Waterfall Earrings
Peach and Aqua Waterfall, Huichol Beadwork Peach-Aqua-Tangerine Waterfall Earrings
Length: 4.7" x 1.4" W
Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and TraditionA cascade of aqua, tangerine, peach and espresso is transformed into earrings almost five inches long. By skilled artisans from Mexico's Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts...$87.95
Handmade Pearl Aquamarine Blue Calcite Bracelet Thailand
Cool Beauty, Handmade Pearl Aquamarine Blue Calcite Bracelet Thailand
NareeratKnotted by hand on silvery strands, gemstones cluster in an opulent bracelet. Nareerat combines blue calcite with quartz, aquamarine and luminous white pearls..925 Sterling silver plated brass...
Floral Y Necklace Multigemstone Jewelry from India
Wild Feminine, Floral Y Necklace Multigemstone Jewelry from India
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Neeru GoelIndian designer Neeru Goel celebrates feminine chic with a wild assortment of colorful gems. The necklace features colorful buds studded with peridot, garnet, citrine, amethyst and iolite. Safely...$144.99
Hand-Painted Cultural Silver and Ceramic Pendant Bracelet
Paquime Tradition, Hand-Painted Cultural Silver and Ceramic Pendant Bracelet
Salvador BarreraInspired by the traditional art of Paquime, Mexican artisan Salvador Barrera creates this cultural bracelet. He works in the style of Taxco silversmithing, framing a hand-painted ceramic pendant with...$67.99
Rainbow Bliss Sterling Multi-Gemstone Pendant Necklace
Rainbow Bliss, Rainbow Bliss Sterling Multi-Gemstone Pendant Necklace
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Neeru GoelMagical sparkles evoke the grandeur of a rainbow in this exquisite necklace from Neeru Goel. More than 24 carats of garnet, peridot, amethyst, citrine, and blue topaz gemstones sit within sterling...$134.99
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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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