Sterling Silver Whale Button Earrings from Thailand
Whale Twins, Sterling Silver Whale Button Earrings from Thailand
Length: 0.2" x 0.6" W
Wadarat SupasirisukPresented by Wadarat Supasirisuk, these button earrings are perfect for the animal or ocean lover. Two whale twins are crafted of sterling silver, accentuated by a combination of finishes.$19.99
Taxco Sterling Silver Whale Fin Wrap Ring from Mexico
Taxco Fins, Taxco Sterling Silver Whale Fin Wrap Ring from Mexico
US Ring Size: 6,7
Oscar Figueroa EscorciaWorking in the tradition of Taxco silversmithing, Mexican artisan Oscar Figueroa Escorcia designs this simple, yet stylish wrap ring. The ring is crafted of sterling silver with a high-polish finish...$25.99
Artist: Oscar Figueroa Escorcia
Sterling Silver Killer Whale Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Killer Whale, Sterling Silver Killer Whale Pendant Necklace from Thailand
JantanaCrafted of sterling silver with a brushed-satin finish, a striking killer whale forms the pendant of this necklace from Thailand. Designed by Jantana, this striking accessory circles the neck with...$39.99
Floral Blue Topaz Pendant Necklace Crafted in Bali
Sekar Langit, Floral Blue Topaz Pendant Necklace Crafted in Bali
Suar DwipayanaCrafted of sterling silver, an elegant flower is centered by a sparkling stone of blue topaz. Circling the neck with sterling rolo chain, the necklace is designed by Balinese artisan Suar Dwipayana....$77.99
Artist: Suar Dwipayana
Hand Made Bone Pendant Necklace Whales from Indonesia
Loving Whales, Hand Made Bone Pendant Necklace Whales from Indonesia
Made WardikaA pair of loving whales swim together in this pendant necklace, hand-carved from bone. Made Wardika designs this Indonesian necklace in order to provide for his loving family.$27.99
Whale Flipper Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Bali
Bali Whale, Whale Flipper Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Bali
Suar DwipayanaCrafted of sterling silver with swirl motifs decorating one side, the flipper of a whale forms the pendant of this necklace. Balinese artisan Suar Dwipayana designs the necklace, adorning the wearer...$67.99
Artist: Suar Dwipayana
Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Glistening Whale, Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Length: 1.2" x 0.8" W
Wadarat SupasirisukCrafted of silver, this design captures the majesty of the whale. Its mighty tail inspires these earrings from Thailand's Wadarat Supasirisuk.
.925 Sterling silver$39.99
Sterling Silver Whale-Themed Ear Cuffs from Thailand
Ocean Tails, Sterling Silver Whale-Themed Ear Cuffs from Thailand
Length: 0.4" x 0.3" W
LalanaThe tails of majestic whales wave in this pair of sterling silver ear cuffs. Hugging the ears, the ear cuffs feature circular shapes with a design by Thai artisan Lalana. She gives them a high-polish...$19.99
Whale-Themed Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Thailand
The Whale, Whale-Themed Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Thailand
JantanaWithin a circular frame, the tail of a whale rises above ocean waves in the pendant of this necklace from Thailand. Jantana creates the necklace, crafted of sterling silver with a gleaming...$47.99
Handmade 925 Sterling Silver Whale Pendant Necklace
Ocean Whale, Handmade 925 Sterling Silver Whale Pendant Necklace
Sarote LochotinuntDid you know that the largest mammal on the planet never sets foot on land? The blue whale dwarfs every soil-strutting mammal on Earth. Sarote Lochotinunt designs and crafts this beautiful...$49.99
Whale-Themed Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Whale's Goodbye, Whale-Themed Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Sarote LochotinuntThis striking animal-themed pendant necklace by Thailand's Sarote Lochotinunt celebrates the beauty of ocean animals. Crafted of sterling silver, the tail of a whale centers a length of box chain. The...$39.99
Sterling Silver Whale Tail Pendant Necklace
Swim Away, Sterling Silver Whale Tail Pendant Necklace
Putu PutriSnatch up this adorable whale tail pendant necklace from Bali's Putu Putri before it swims away. Crafted from polished sterling silver, the necklace features a darling whale tail pendant that swings...$99.99
Artist: Putu Putri
Sterling Silver Whale Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Round Whale, Sterling Silver Whale Pendant Necklace from Thailand
JantanaCrafted of sterling silver with a brushed-satin finish, a round whale with elegant openwork forms the pendant of this necklace from Thailand. Designed by Jantana, this striking accessory circles the...$39.99
Sterling Silver Whale Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Cool Whale, Sterling Silver Whale Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Sarote LochotinuntBy Sarote Lochotinunt in Thailand, this whale makes a cool and simple addition to any ensemble. The whale pendant is crafted from sterling silver, given a brushed-satin finish that captures the light....$39.99
Tail of the Whale
Leather Necklace with a Hand Carved Bone Whale Tail Pendant
Tail of the Whale, Leather Necklace with a Hand Carved Bone Whale Tail Pendant
Size: longer than 22 inches
Made WardikaThe powerful tail breaks the surface of the sea as a whale blows and dives. Made Wardika shares a dramatic sight observed off the coast of Padang Bai. Intricately carved by hand, the bone pendant is...$19.99
Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace
Glistening Whale, Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Wadarat SupasirisukCrafted of silver, this design captures the majesty of the whale. Its mighty tail adorns a necklace from Thailand's Wadarat Supasirisuk.
.925 sterling silver$64.99
Hand Carved Whale Theme Bone Necklace
Balinese Whale, Hand Carved Whale Theme Bone Necklace
Size: longer than 22 inches
Andi RachmansyahAndi Rachmansyah is inspired by blue whales that swim in the Balinese sea. Carved by hand from polished bone, the pendant is worn on a necklace of black cotton cords. It can be adjusted in length by...$25.99
Artist: Andi Rachmansyah
Leather Necklace with a Hand Carved Bone Whale Pendant
Frolicking Whales, Leather Necklace with a Hand Carved Bone Whale Pendant
Made WardikaWhales breach and dive, frolicking in the ocean waters. Made Wardika shares a dramatic sight observed off the coast of Padang Bai. Intricately carved by hand, the bone pendant is tinted with tea and...$25.99
Rose Gold Accented Sterling Silver Whale Necklace
Whale Splash, Rose Gold Accented Sterling Silver Whale Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Pornsit MayuraksFramed by sterling silver, curling waves of 14k rose gold are formed by the dangling tail of a whale. Thai artisan Pornsit Mayuraks creates this pendant necklace, which circles the neck with sterling...$23.99
Artist: Pornsit Mayuraks
Thai Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver Whale Stud Earrings
Whale Wrap, Thai Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver Whale Stud Earrings
Length: 0.5" x 0.4" W
LalanaSymbolizing well-being and emotional creativity, whales are dazzling in this pair of earrings from Thailand. Lalana works with sterling silver to craft the earrings by hand, creating a wrapped effect.$17.99
Geometric Whale Tail
Brushed-Satin Sterling Silver Whale Tail Pendant Necklace
Geometric Whale Tail, Brushed-Satin Sterling Silver Whale Tail Pendant Necklace
Sarote LochotinuntCombining the beauty of the ocean with a modern aesthetic, Thai artisan Sarote Lochotinunt designs and crafts this pendant necklace. The tail of a whale, featuring geometric openwork, is crafted from...$39.99
Natural Larimar Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Whale Elegance, Natural Larimar Dangle Earrings from Thailand
Length: 1.6" x 0.9" W
Michael KrainerFeaturing cabochons of natural larimar, these dangle earrings are designed by Michael Krainer of Thailand. He crafts each earring of sterling silver in the shape of a whale's tail, accentuated by...$59.99
Artist: Michael Krainer
Natural Larimar Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Whale Elegance, Natural Larimar Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Michael KrainerFeaturing a cabochon of natural larimar, this pendant necklace is designed by Michael Krainer of Thailand. He crafts the pendant of sterling silver in the shape of a whale's tail, accentuated by...$49.99
Artist: Michael Krainer
Handcrafted Cow Bone Pendant Necklace
Whale Tail, Handcrafted Cow Bone Pendant Necklace
Size: longer than 22 inches
Andi RachmansyahPaying tribute to the strength and majesty of the mighty whale, Andi Rachmansyah depicts its powerful tail in this handsome necklace. "This design represents peace and prosperity," he...$27.99
Artist: Andi Rachmansyah
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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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I am a mom of an only child. An amazing adult now. But I was a single mom and it was hard. My friend reminds me that it symbolizes and reinforces my strength through the challenges of those days when my son was small and depended on me alone.
I sent this item to my sister as a gift. She called me excited to tell me how beautiful it was and marveled at the artists beautiful carving of the whales. She even remarked on the lovely gift pouch it came in.
First saw these on QVCs website and fell in love with them. I wasnt so much in love with the price so it occurred to me to check out NOVICA and sure enough there they were. The price was more inline with what I was willing to spend even though I had to wait a bit longer to get them. It was definitely worth it.
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Taxco Sterling Silver Whale Fin Wrap Ring from Mexico, "Taxco Fins"
Taxco Sterling Silver Whale Fin Wrap Ring from Mexico, "Taxco Fins"Working in the tradition of Taxco silversmithing, Mexican artisan Oscar Figueroa Escorcia designs this simple, yet stylish wrap ring. The ring is crafted of sterling silver with a high-polish finish...$25.99
Working in the tradition of Taxco silversmithing, Mexican artisan Oscar Figueroa Escorcia designs this simple, yet stylish wrap ring. The ring is crafted of sterling silver with a high-polish finish that gleams beautifully in the light. At each end, the ring is capped with the tail fin of a whale.