Cross of the Andes
Sterling Silver and Wool Blend Cross-Shaped Necklace
Cross of the Andes, Sterling Silver and Wool Blend Cross-Shaped Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Melina ManjarresA striking Andean cross is crafted of wool blend fabric with a tangerine stripe running down a claret body. Melina Manjarres designs this faithful pendant necklace from the Andes, framing the fabric...$89.99
Artist: Melina Manjarres
Infant Jesus of Prague
Sterling Silver Painted Religious Pendant Necklace from Peru
Infant Jesus of Prague, Sterling Silver Painted Religious Pendant Necklace from Peru
Size: 16 to 18 inches
QuipacPeru's Quipac draws inspiration from the Niño de Praga, known in English as "Infant Jesus of Prague." An ornate wood statue, Infant Jesus of Prague is a Catholic icon recreated around the...$189.99
Love from Peru
Sterling Silver and Wool Blend Heart Necklace from Peru
Love from Peru, Sterling Silver and Wool Blend Heart Necklace from Peru
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Melina ManjarresAdd a touch of Latin flavor and sweet charm to your style with this delightful pendant necklace. Within a sterling silver heart, fabric made of a wool blend is adorned with stripes of blue, pink, and...$79.99
Artist: Melina Manjarres
Hand Painted Heart Ribbon Necklace with 925 Sterling Accents
Blossom Bouquet, Hand Painted Heart Ribbon Necklace with 925 Sterling Accents
Mariana BarrancoBeautiful blossoms flaunt radiant color on a heart carved of copal wood. Sharing the artistic legacy of Oaxaca, Mariana Barranco paints the pendant by hand and surrounds it with polished sterling...$149.99
Artist: Mariana Barranco
Multi-Gemstone Beaded Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Beaded Half-Moon, Multi-Gemstone Beaded Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Size: 18 to 20 inches
SareeyakarnDesigned by Thai artisan Sareeyakarn, this bohemian necklace is beaded with jasper, garnet, calcite, agate, tiger's eye, serpentine, and glass for a colorful accessory. At the center of the necklace...$109.99
Black and White Unisex Pendant Necklace
High Roller, Black and White Unisex Pendant Necklace
Omayra JaramilloThis fun and casual unisex necklace from Costa Rican artisan Omayra Jaramillo features a black and white striped acrylic bead pendant. The pendant centers a black waxed cotton cord of adjustable...$23.99
Artist: Omayra Jaramillo
Handmade Krishna Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from India
Lord Krishna, Handmade Krishna Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from India
Alok JainAdd some cultural flair to your look with this lovely necklace from designer Alok Jain. The pendant features a colorful Lord Krishna portrait that is hand-painted on handmade black paper. Set within a...
Artist: Alok Jain
Recycled CD Pendant Necklace in Purple from Guatemala
Purple Mystic, Recycled CD Pendant Necklace in Purple from Guatemala
Rosario LeivaBy Rosario Leiva of Guatemala, this pendant necklace brings a love for recycling wherever it goes. Rosario works with recycled CDs, which she breaks down to create this purple and blue diamond-shaped...$47.99
Artist: Rosario Leiva
Acrylic Necklaces(8 items)
Welcome to our Acrylic Necklace Collection, each piece crafted by NOVICA artisans who carry on ancestral traditions in contemporary designs.
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
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.
Quipac Handcrafted Andean silver and gemstone jewelry
"My family's support was fundamental, above all, that of my wife. She taught me to work in silver and how to capture the most significant part of my culture and translate it to my jewelry."
"It all began when I finished school, but the situation at that time was complicated. My family and I had to work... read more