Two Are One
1 Gold Plated & 1 Rhodium Plated Modern Signet Rings
Two Are One, 1 Gold Plated & 1 Rhodium Plated Modern Signet Rings
US Ring Size: 6,7,8
Carlos and Cynthia RendonLong, slender triangles crown a pair of signet rings by Carlos and Cynthia Rendon. Crafted by hand, one is bathed in lustrous 24k gold while the other is bathed in shining rhodium. Together, they form...
Artist: Carlos and Cynthia Rendon
Amethyst and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Wondrous Desire, Amethyst and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.9" x 1.2" W x 0.2" D
Gianluca AnzaniUsing the lost-wax technique, Mexico's Gianluca Anzani creates these charming dangle earrings. The earrings are each centered by an amethyst cabochon surrounded by an abstract design of sterling...
Taxco Sterling Silver Naga Chain Necklace from Mexico
Taxco Roads, Taxco Sterling Silver Naga Chain Necklace from Mexico
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Guillermo ArreguiCrafted from sterling silver, this majestic naga chain from Mexico is given an oxidized finish by artisan Guillermo Arregui. He designs this necklace in the style of Taxco handicrafts.
Barro Negro Spirals
Sterling Silver and Barro Negro Ceramic Earrings from Mexico
Barro Negro Spirals, Sterling Silver and Barro Negro Ceramic Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.2" x 0.7" W x 0.4" D
Mariana BarrancoWorking in the ceramic traditions of barro negro, Mexican artisan Mariana Barranco creates this striking pair of dangle earrings. Two discs are crafted from black ceramic, detailed with openwork...
Artist: Mariana Barranco
925 Sterling Silver Modernist Cuff Bracelet from Mexico
Rivulets, 925 Sterling Silver Modernist Cuff Bracelet from Mexico
Size: 5.5" L (end to end) x 0" W
Teresa GonzalezThis sculptural cuff bracelet elevates a classic everyday piece into something truly special. Teresa Gonzalez expertly handcrafts it from 925 sterling silver with a textured undulating surface that...
Artist: Teresa Gonzalez
Realistic Taxco Silver Leaf Pendant Necklace
Taxco Fall, Realistic Taxco Silver Leaf Pendant Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Julio JuarezThis pretty leaf pendant necklace is the creation of Mexico's Julio Juarez, who takes inspiration from the natural beauty around him. The necklace is crafted of sterling silver from Taxco, Mexico, a...
Artist: Julio Juarez
Dreams in Azure
Glass Bead Sterling Silver Half Hoop Earrings from Mexico
Dreams in Azure, Glass Bead Sterling Silver Half Hoop Earrings from Mexico
Length: 2" x 0" W
Clara FilcerThese elegant half hoop earrings will make a fantastic statement piece for any occasion. Clara Filcer handcrafts them from 925 sterling and decorates each side with a pendant featuring elongated...
Artist: Clara Filcer
Square Amber Stud Earrings from Mexico
Bright Light, Square Amber Stud Earrings from Mexico
Length: 0.4" x 0.4" W
Luis ZuñigaMexico's Luis Zuñiga finds the perfect combination between elegant sterling silver and delicate natural amber to hand craft these lovely stud earrings. Luis carves the amber and sets them in squares...
Artist: Luis Zuñiga
Cacti Flower Amber Drop Earrings from Mexico
Golden Desert, Cacti Flower Amber Drop Earrings from Mexico
Length: 0.4" x 0.4" W
Flora MariaFlora Maria hand crafts these spectacular drop earrings inspired by Mexico's unique deserts. The earrings feature two small natural amber beads that hang from small cacti flowers in a combination of...
Blue Agassizi Fin
Sterling Silver and Titanium Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Blue Agassizi Fin, Sterling Silver and Titanium Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Diana SolisDiana Solis draws inspiration from the Amazonian agassizi fish's graceful colors and shapes to create this gorgeous pendant necklace. She hand-sculpts the pendant from a titanium sheet colored in...
Artist: Diana Solis
Silver Twirl Drop
Petite 950 Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Silver Twirl Drop, Petite 950 Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 0.8" x 0" W
Alon DillerThese minimalist dangle earrings are the perfect accessory for when you need just a bit of glimmer. Alon Diller handcrafts the pair from 950 silver with spiral-shaped pendants. Born in Israel, Alon...
Handcrafted Sterling Silver Dolphins At Play Drop Earrings
Sea Frolic, Handcrafted Sterling Silver Dolphins At Play Drop Earrings
Length: 1.1" x 0.6" W x 0" D
Rosa RojoMexican artisan Rosa Rojo handcrafts a lovely pair of sterling silver drop earrings featuring dolphins at play. The dolphins jump high above the waves amidst the sea spray. Artfully applied oxidation...
Artist: Rosa Rojo
925 Sterling Silver Curved Heart Drop Earrings from Mexico
Heart Waves, 925 Sterling Silver Curved Heart Drop Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.2" x 0.4" W
Cesar GodoyThis adorable pair of drop earrings are a perfect understated accessory. Cesar Godoy handcrafts the asymmetrical hearts from sterling silver with a smooth surface and a curved design. They'll make a...
Artist: Cesar Godoy
Passion of My Heart
Heart-Shaped Wood Braided Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Passion of My Heart, Heart-Shaped Wood Braided Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Marcela VicenteDesigning this passionate accessory, Mexican artisan Marcela Vicente crafts a heart-shaped pendant of copal wood and paints it with lovely floral motifs. This necklace circles the neck with...
Artist: Marcela Vicente
Double Wave Sterling Silver Ring from Mexico
Sterling Waves, Double Wave Sterling Silver Ring from Mexico
US Ring Size: 8
Ezequiel TapiaMexican artisan Ezequiel Tapia designs and handcrafts this wonderful ring from sterling silver. Ezequiel gives the ring an abstract yet elegant design with two waves that make this piece a unique...
Artist: Ezequiel Tapia
Gold-Plated Amazonite Crocheted Earrings
Morgana, Gold-Plated Amazonite Crocheted Earrings
Length: 2.4" x 1" W
Monserrat DominguezInspired by ancient mythology, artisan Monserrat Dominguez in Mexico creates these unique dangle earrings. She names her creation 'Morgana', also known as Morgan le Fay (Morgan the Fairy), Morgana...
Artist: Monserrat Dominguez
Composite Turquoise and Taxco Silver Pendant Necklace
Wintry Eye, Composite Turquoise and Taxco Silver Pendant Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Guillermo ArreguiA blue-green gemstone is framed by slender strands of polished sterling silver. By Guillermo Arregui, this elegant pendant necklace is crafted of precious silver from Taxco, Mexico and set with...$109.95
Mexico Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings with Aztec Bird
Moonlight Dove, Mexico Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings with Aztec Bird
Length: 1.6" x 0.7" W x 0.1" D
Francisco SanchezFrancisco Sánchez crafts delightful earrings in the style of pre-Hispanic art. Present in Mexico's music and legend, the paloma, or dove comes to life in chic silver hoops. .925 Sterling silver...
Artist: Francisco Sanchez
Taxco Lapis Lazuli Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Huipil Style, Taxco Lapis Lazuli Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.4" x 0.5" W x 0.2" D
Guillermo ArreguiInspired by the traditional huipil blouses of Mexico, Taxco artisan Guillermo Arregui creates this pair of dangle earrings. Ovals of deep blue lapis lazuli are framed against abstract designs in...
Cat-Themed Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Stylish Cats, Cat-Themed Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 2" x 0.6" W
Guillermo ArreguiCrafted from sterling silver in the style of Taxco handicrafts, two stylish cats dangle. Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui creates these earrings, treated with a combination of finishes.
Stylized Sterling Silver Jaguar Button Earrings from Mexico
Stylized Jaguar, Stylized Sterling Silver Jaguar Button Earrings from Mexico
Length: 0.5" x 0.6" W x 0.2" D
Angel OrtizCrafted from sterling silver, these Mexican button earrings depict the stylized faces of two fierce jaguars. Intricate oxidized patterns decorate each earring. Mexican artisan Angel Ortiz designs this...
Taxco Hammered Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet from Mexico
Fluid Beauty, Taxco Hammered Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet from Mexico
Size: 5.75" L (end to end) x 0.2" W
Guillermo ArreguiWorking in the time-honored tradition of Taxco silversmithing, Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui creates this bracelet. Crafted by hand, a cuff of sterling silver showcases a hammered finish that...
Sterling Silver Butterfly Wing Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Lovely Wings, Sterling Silver Butterfly Wing Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.9" x 0.7" W
Guillermo ArreguiDepicting a lovely pair of butterfly wings, these Mexican dangle earrings are crafted of sterling silver and elaborated with beautiful openwork designs. Guillermo Arregui designs the earrings, working...
Taxco Lapis Lazuli Cuff Bracelet from Mexico
Rectangular Blue, Taxco Lapis Lazuli Cuff Bracelet from Mexico
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 0.2" W
Guillermo ArreguiIn rectangular forms, three lapis lazuli gemstones center this bracelet from Mexico. Guillermo Arregui creates this fascinating bracelet in the traditional style of Taxco silversmithing. This bracelet...
History and Culture
Natural Turquoise and Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
History and Culture, Natural Turquoise and Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 2.1" x 0.8" W x 0.2" D
Guillermo ArreguiFeaturing ovals of natural turquoise, these Mexican dangle earrings are designed by Guillermo Arregui. He accentuates the stones with Taxco sterling silver, forming zigzag motifs and teardrop shapes...
Taxco Jewelry Necklace Pearl and Sterling Silver
Lunar Shadow, Taxco Jewelry Necklace Pearl and Sterling Silver
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Guillermo ArreguiThe full moon and its mystical shadow cast a spell of modern elegance in a necklace from Taxco. Guillermo Arregui creates the original design of this sterling silver necklace featuring the iridescent...
Shooting Stars in Yellow
Yellow Swarovski Crystal Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Shooting Stars in Yellow, Yellow Swarovski Crystal Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.4" x 0.6" W x 0.6" D
Alejandra AcevesMexican artisan Alejandra Aceves has a true passion for designing excellent pieces of jewelry. She crafts this pair of dangle earrings from genuine Swarovski crystal in yellow and green, giving them...
Artist: Alejandra Aceves
Taxco Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Huipil Style, Taxco Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Guillermo ArreguiInspired by the traditional huipil blouses of Mexico, Taxco artisan Guillermo Arregui creates this pendant necklace. An oval of deep blue lapis lazuli is framed against abstract designs in...
Sterling Silver Bird Earrings with Amber Droplets
Flirty Birds, Sterling Silver Bird Earrings with Amber Droplets
Length: 1.4" x 0.7" W x 0.2" D
Flora MariaFlirty birds with ornate crests and tails bring gifts of amber in earrings from Mexico. Flora Maria designs these fabulous earrings, which are crafted of sterling silver with lost wax...
Taxco Sterling Silver and Copper Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Hammered Abstraction, Taxco Sterling Silver and Copper Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 2.2" x 0.4" W x 0.5" D
Guillermo ArreguiAbstract shapes of sterling silver and copper, treated with a hammered finish, combine their beauty in these dangle earrings from Mexico. Guillermo Arregui creates these earrings, which are crafted in...
Swirl Pattern Cultured Pearl Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Swirling Magnificence, Swirl Pattern Cultured Pearl Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 2.4" x 0.2" W x 0.7" D
Alon DillerDetailed with openwork swirl patterns, these magnificent earrings from Mexico are handcrafted from sterling silver that forms elegant half-hoops. Alon Diller creates these earrings, which display...
Taxco Lapis Lazuli Drop Earrings from Mexico
Gleaming Gems, Taxco Lapis Lazuli Drop Earrings from Mexico
Length: 0.7" x 0.3" W x 0.5" D
Guillermo ArreguiFramed by sterling silver that gleams in the light, two rounded triangles of natural lapis lazuli showcase deep blue hues. Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui creates a fascinating pair of drop earrings...
Glass Beaded Floral Dangle Earrings in Red from Mexico
Blazing Flowers, Glass Beaded Floral Dangle Earrings in Red from Mexico
Length: 2" x 1.2" W x 0.1" D
Adriana TrejoThis impressive pair of dangle earrings from Mexico features the image of two flowers that blaze with hues of red, orange, and yellow. Using the skills that she learned from her parents and...
Land of Maize
Sterling Silver and Natural Amber Mexican Earrings
Land of Maize, Sterling Silver and Natural Amber Mexican Earrings
Length: 1.9" x 0.6" W x 0.2" D
Flora MariaSacred to every pre-Hispanic community in Mexico, today maize inspires Flora Maria in the elegant design of these earrings. Bright yellow amber resembles corn kernels that glisten with treasured...
Combination Finish Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings from Mexico
Ebbing Light, Combination Finish Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings from Mexico
Length: 0.8" x 0.4" W x 0.7" D
Guillermo ArreguiCombining darkness with light, these hoop earrings are designed by Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui. He crafts each earring of sterling silver, featuring a textured surface that alternates between...
Intricate Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Taxco Inlet, Intricate Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 2.4" x 1.1" W x 0.1" D
Guillermo ArreguiResembling inlets from a bird's-eye view, these dangle earrings by Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui bring the beauty of Taxco silversmithing wherever they go. Each intricate earring is crafted of...
Modern Sterling Silver Earrings Crafted in Taxco
Taxco Pendulums, Modern Sterling Silver Earrings Crafted in Taxco
Length: 2.2" x 0.8" W
Alon DillerLike pendulums, these earrings fascinate with their inherent beauty. Crafted by hand with sterling silver, these earrings are designed by Alon Diller in Taxco, Mexico.
.925 Sterling silver
Age-Old Elegance in Saffron
Amber Wristband Bracelet with Saffron Cord from Mexico
Age-Old Elegance in Saffron, Amber Wristband Bracelet with Saffron Cord from Mexico
Jacqueline and EddyWoven by hand, an adjustable band of saffron nylon cord circles the wrist. Mexican artisans Jacqueline and Eddy create this bracelet, centered by a piece of natural amber that possesses an age-old...
Fiery Floral Glass Beaded Pendant Bracelet from Mexico
Flaming Flower, Fiery Floral Glass Beaded Pendant Bracelet from Mexico
Size: 7" L (end to end) x 1.4" W
Adriana TrejoFlaming with bright hues of red, orange, and yellow, a gorgeous flower is handcrafted of petite glass beads to grace the wrist with its petals. Adriana Trejo of Mexico diligently applies each bead on...
Cat in the Moonlight
Handmade Silver and Copper Cat Earrings from Taxco
Cat in the Moonlight, Handmade Silver and Copper Cat Earrings from Taxco
Length: 1.4" x 0.6" W
Guillermo ArreguiIlluminated by a sterling moon, copper kitties are kings of the night. By Guillermo Arregui, these delightful earrings are handcrafted of Taxco silver.
.925 Sterling silver
Taxco Silver Earrings with Cultured Pearl
Moon Intrigue, Taxco Silver Earrings with Cultured Pearl
Length: 1.2" x 0.6" W x 0.2" D
Guillermo ArreguiThe pristine glow of cultured pearl finds a complement in silver, mined in Taxco. Juxtaposing polished sterling with dark "burnt" textures, Guillermo Arregui creates earrings of contemporary...
Taxco Silver Modern Free Form Artisan Crafted Necklace
Curvaceous, Taxco Silver Modern Free Form Artisan Crafted Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Oscar Figueroa EscorciaAmorphous ovals reveal sinuous curves in this contemporary design. Bold and beautiful, they link in a handcrafted necklace. Oscar Figueroa showcases the gleam of Mexico's legendary Taxco silver. .925...
Skeletal Matador Dance
Signed Brooch Pendant from Mexican Day of the Dead
Skeletal Matador Dance, Signed Brooch Pendant from Mexican Day of the Dead
Length: 1.3" x 1.4" W x 0.3" D
Roy NilsonThe artistry evoked by Day of the Dead thrives all year long, inspiring Roy Nilson to design this brooch featuring endearing skeletons. He is dressed in traditional bullfighter attire, she in a flirty...
Hoop Earrings with Sterling Silver and Copper
Taxco Mix, Hoop Earrings with Sterling Silver and Copper
Length: 0.9" x 0.3" W x 0.8" D
Guillermo ArreguiHammered copper meets smooth Taxco sterling silver in these pretty hoop earrings. The earrings are designed by Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui.
Pampered Puppy Dog
Dog Garnet Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings Mexico
Pampered Puppy Dog, Dog Garnet Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings Mexico
Length: 1.1" x 0.6" W x 0.2" D
Guillermo ArreguiColorful garnet crowns earrings of sterling silver. By Guillermo Arregui, these whimsical earrings depict two pampered puppy dogs.
.925 Sterling silver
Cultured Pearl Hummingbird Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Hummingbird Mamas, Cultured Pearl Hummingbird Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.3" x 0.7" W x 0.5" D
Flora MariaCrafted from sterling silver, two mama hummingbirds tend their nests. These dangle earrings are created by Mexican artisan Flora Maria. She selects glowing white cultured pearls to fill the nests and...
Waves and Equilibrium
Wavy Sterling Silver Pendant from Mexico
Waves and Equilibrium, Wavy Sterling Silver Pendant from Mexico
Length: 1.9" x 0.8" W x 0.2" D
Graeme and Philip WatsonBringing equilibrium and balance to any ensemble, this pendant is designed by Graeme and Philip Watson. Working in the tradition of Taxco handicrafts, they craft the modern, wavy pendant from sterling...
Artist: Graeme and Philip Watson
Sterling Silver and Composite Turquoise Necklace from Mexico
Terrestrial Beauty, Sterling Silver and Composite Turquoise Necklace from Mexico
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Guillermo ArreguiCrafted by hand, a circle of composite turquoise is displayed in this Mexican pendant necklace. Taxco artisan Guillermo Arregui creates this necklace, featuring circular openwork with sterling silver.
Sterling Silver Artisan Crafted Necklace from Mexico
Petite Garland, Sterling Silver Artisan Crafted Necklace from Mexico
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Gianluca AnzaniTraditional Mexican jewelry from bygone centuries inspires Gianluca Anzani's nostalgic designs. Working in sterling silver, he crafts a beautiful necklace comprised of diminutive leaves that swirl...
Life of the Jaguar
Hand Made Leather Sterling Silver Braided Bracelet Mexico
Life of the Jaguar, Hand Made Leather Sterling Silver Braided Bracelet Mexico
Guillermo ArreguiGuillermo Arregui spent a large portion of his life traveling and hopes to convey the joy and wonder he has experienced through his jewelry. He crafts this braided bracelet with black leather...
Floral Titanium Plated Sterling Silver Drop Earrings
Sleepy Flowers, Floral Titanium Plated Sterling Silver Drop Earrings
Length: 1.9" x 0.5" W
Diana SolisHandcrafted of sterling silver plated in titanium, two sleepy flowers adorn the ears. Mexican artisan Diana Solis designs these drop earrings, which are crafted of sterling silver. Each earring adorns...
Artist: Diana Solis
Blue Topaz and Silver 950 Earrings Taxco Jewelry
Blue Skies, Blue Topaz and Silver 950 Earrings Taxco Jewelry
Length: 2.1" x 0.3" W x 0.2" D
Alon DillerThe fabulous design of these earrings is by Alon Diller in Taxco, renowned for its silver legacy. The earrings are crafted by hand, contrasting polished and Florentine finishes. Blue topaz gems add a...
My Sweet Hearts
Sterling Silver Artisan Crafted Earrings with Copper Hearts
My Sweet Hearts, Sterling Silver Artisan Crafted Earrings with Copper Hearts
Length: 2.4" x 0.9" W
Maria Belen NilsonMaria Belen Nilson finds inspiration in Mexican vintage artistry for the lovely design of these earrings. The heart earrings are crafted by hand with sterling silver featuring an antiqued finish that...
Artist: Maria Belen Nilson
Mexican Artisan Crafted Sunflower Beaded Pendant Necklace
Sunlit Flower, Mexican Artisan Crafted Sunflower Beaded Pendant Necklace
Size: longer than 22 inches
Adriana TrejoThis eye-catching pendant necklace from Mexican artisan Adriana Trejo has a touch of the bohemian in its design which places a sunflower at the center of a round pendant with a waterfall of beaded...
Floral Amazonite Chandelier Earrings from Mexico
Blooming Elegance, Floral Amazonite Chandelier Earrings from Mexico
Length: 2" x 0.9" W x 0.1" D
Mazahua FamilyWith a cascade of natural amazonite gemstones, these chandelier earrings are designed by the Mazahua Family of Mexico. They handcraft each earring from sterling silver, featuring floral shapes and...
Artist: Mazahua Family
Form of Fortune
Modern Geometric Sterling Silver Mexican Dangle Earrings
Form of Fortune, Modern Geometric Sterling Silver Mexican Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.8" x 0.5" W x 0.5" D
Guillermo ArreguiWith elegant forms, these sterling silver dangle earrings evoke geometric shapes, suspended from gleaming bars. Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui creates the casually beautiful earrings, accentuating...
Sterling Silver and Copper Cat Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Lunar Cat, Sterling Silver and Copper Cat Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Guillermo ArreguiFramed against a glowing moon of sterling silver, a charming cat is crafted of copper to form the pendant of this beautiful necklace. Designed by Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui, this necklace...
Sterling Silver Heron Bird Button Earrings from Mexico
Graceful Herons, Sterling Silver Heron Bird Button Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.7" x 0.4" W x 0.1" D
Gianluca AnzaniFolding their graceful wings, herons come to life in a design by Gianluca Anzani. Crafted by hand, these earrings showcase the beauty of Mexican sterling silver.
Slender Copper and Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
Taxco Mix, Slender Copper and Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
Size: 5.75" L (end to end) x 0.2" W
Guillermo ArreguiHammered copper meets smooth Taxco sterling silver in this beautiful cuff bracelet. The slender cuff is designed by Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui.
Bee-Themed Amber Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Worker Bee, Bee-Themed Amber Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Flora MariaCrafted from sterling silver, a delightful little worker bee centers this pendant necklace. Mexican artisan Flora Maria creates this necklace, featuring a bead of natural amber that dangles below.
Taxco Sterling Silver Wing Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Untamed, Taxco Sterling Silver Wing Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 2.3" x 0.6" W x 0.1" D
Oscar Figueroa EscorciaCrafted of sterling silver, two wings add an untamed energy to any wardrobe. Working in the tradition of Taxco silversmithing, Mexican artisan Oscar Figueroa Escorcia creates this pair of dangle...
Sterling Silver NecklaceTaxco Artisan Jewelry
Infinity, Sterling Silver NecklaceTaxco Artisan Jewelry
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Oscar Figueroa EscorciaOscar Figueroa choreographs movement and harmony for the original design of this necklace. Interlocking circles suggest infinite elegance in a sterling silver necklace that is crafted by hand in...
Taxco Composite Turquoise Drop Earrings from Mexico
Gleaming Gems, Taxco Composite Turquoise Drop Earrings from Mexico
Length: 0.7" x 0.3" W x 0.4" D
Guillermo ArreguiFramed by sterling silver that gleams in the light, two cabochons of composite turquoise showcase sky blue and coppery colors. Guillermo Arregui creates a fascinating pair of drop earrings in the...
Natural Amber Butterfly Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Ancient Butterfly, Natural Amber Butterfly Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Jacqueline and EddyCrafted with natural amber, two lovely butterflies are featured in this pair of dangle earrings from Mexico. Jacqueline and Eddy design these earrings, crafted from sterling silver.
Taxco Sterling Silver and Natural Turquoise Solitaire Ring
Sky Facets, Taxco Sterling Silver and Natural Turquoise Solitaire Ring
US Ring Size: 6,7,8
Guillermo ArreguiFour gleaming prongs clasp faceted natural turquoise in this design by Guillermo Arregui. He works in Mexico's legendary sterling silver, mined in Taxco, to create a unique solitaire ring. Its color...
Fan-Shaped Sterling Silver and Copper Dangle Earrings
Elegant Crescents, Fan-Shaped Sterling Silver and Copper Dangle Earrings
Length: 2.3" x 1.1" W x 0.2" D
Guillermo ArreguiCrafted of sterling silver with copper accents, curvaceous crescents become elegant earrings from Mexico. Guillermo Arregui works in the time-honored tradition of Taxco to create the contemporary...
Amber Dragonfly Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Age-Old Dragonflies, Amber Dragonfly Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Size: 14 to 16 inches
Jacqueline and EddyWith wings and a body crafted from natural amber cabochons, this dragonfly possesses an age-old beauty. Mexican duo Jacqueline and Eddy design this pendant necklace, crafted with sterling silver.
Flight of the Hummingbird
Copal and Sterling Silver Hummingbird Earrings from Mexico
Flight of the Hummingbird, Copal and Sterling Silver Hummingbird Earrings from Mexico
Length: 2.1" x 1" W x 0.3" D
Francisco SanchezCarrying small baubles of natural copal (an amber-like resin), two majestic hummingbirds are crafted of sterling silver in this pair of Mexican dangle earrings. Designed by Francisco Sanchez, these...
Artist: Francisco Sanchez
Foam of the Sea
Glass Beaded Waterfall Earrings in Blue from Mexico
Foam of the Sea, Glass Beaded Waterfall Earrings in Blue from Mexico
Length: 4.9" x 1.2" W x 0.1" D
Adriana TrejoElaborated with blue hues of the sea, a fascinating pair of waterfall earrings is handcrafted with petite glass beads. Learning from her parents and grandparents, Mexican artisan Adriana Trejo designs...
15 Pearl Pendant Necklace
Infinite Purity, 15 Pearl Pendant Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Dalia PascalThe radiant purity of 15 cultured pearls graces a necklace by Dalia Pascal. Crafted by hand, the sterling silver chain features a white pearl pendant. Two smaller pearls appear on each side of the...
Artist: Dalia Pascal
Rings of Freedom
Hammered Taxco Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings from Mexico
Rings of Freedom, Hammered Taxco Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1" x 0.1" W x 0.9" D
Guillermo ArreguiWorking in the traditional style of Taxco handicrafts, Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui creates this fascinating pair of hoop earrings. Crafted from sterling silver, each simple earring showcases a...
Men's Eye Motif Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Pre-Hispanic Eye, Men's Eye Motif Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Size: longer than 22 inches
Angel OrtizEvoking the ancient Aztecs, this bold men's pendant necklace is created by Taxco artisan Angel Ortiz in Mexico. A majestic eye, framed by traditional motifs, is crafted from sterling silver. The...
Geometric Sterling Silver and Copper Dangle Earrings
Geometric Trio, Geometric Sterling Silver and Copper Dangle Earrings
Length: 2" x 0.9" W
Guillermo ArreguiGleaming beautifully, two geometric trios will perfectly accentuate any ensemble. Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui works in the traditional techniques of Taxco silversmithing to create these dangle...
Nahua Men's Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Coatlicue, Nahua Men's Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Size: longer than 22 inches
Angel OrtizThe Aztec goddess who gave birth to the moon and stars, as well as the sun god Huitzilopochtli, Coatlicue is the focus of this men's pendant necklace from Mexico. Angel Ortiz works in the tradition of...
Windows of History
Geometric Turquoise Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Windows of History, Geometric Turquoise Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.6" x 0.8" W x 0" D
Oscar Figueroa EscorciaOpening like windows into history, this pair of Mexican dangle earrings is crafted of silver, featuring circular shapes with openwork designs. Working in the style of Taxco silversmithing, Oscar...
Sterling Silver and Red Glass Filigree Dangle Earrings
Antique Spirals, Sterling Silver and Red Glass Filigree Dangle Earrings
Length: 2.7" x 1.1" W
German ZarateDecorated with petite beads of red glass that gleam in the light, these dangle earrings will make an elegant addition to your wardrobe. German Zarate creates the lacy pair with intricate sterling...
Artist: German Zarate
Sterling Silver and Copper Cuff Bracelet from Mexico
Copper Stream, Sterling Silver and Copper Cuff Bracelet from Mexico
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 1.1" W
Roy NilsonBehind two waves of sterling silver, a stream of gleaming copper encircles the wrist in this cuff bracelet from Mexico. Working in the style of Taxco silversmithing, Roy Nilson handcrafts this elegant...
Life of the Jaguar
Hand Made Sterling Silver Spot Hoop Earrings from Mexico
Life of the Jaguar, Hand Made Sterling Silver Spot Hoop Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.3" x 1.1" W x 0.5" D
Guillermo ArreguiGuillermo Arregui crafts beautiful pieces of jewelry from Mexico, inspired by the travels of his youth. He designs this pair of handcrafted earrings from sterling silver, elaborating them with jaguar...
Bee-Themed Amber Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Worker Bees, Bee-Themed Amber Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 1.1" x 0.9" W x 0.2" D
Flora MariaCrafted from sterling silver, two delightful little worker bees adorn the ears. Mexican artisan Flora Maria creates these earrings, featuring beads of natural amber that dangle below.
Skeletal Matador Dance
Day of the Dead Matador Skeletons Bracelet
Skeletal Matador Dance, Day of the Dead Matador Skeletons Bracelet
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 1.7" W
Roy NilsonThe artistry evoked by Day of the Dead thrives all year long, inspiring Roy Nilson to design this cuff bracelet featuring endearing skeletons. He is dressed in traditional bullfighter attire, she in a...
Sterling Silver Bee Earrings with Yellow Jade Gemstones
Honey Bees, Sterling Silver Bee Earrings with Yellow Jade Gemstones
Length: 1.4" x 0.7" W x 0.1" D
Priscila CanalesBusy bees fly with drops of honey in earrings that celebrate nature. Mexico's Priscila Canales selects yellow jade and sterling silver for the wonderful design of these hand crafted earrings..925...
Artist: Priscila Canales
White Pearl Handcrafted Textured Taxco Silver Necklace
Luminous Rain, White Pearl Handcrafted Textured Taxco Silver Necklace
Size: 14 to 16 inches
Alon DillerCentering a textured silver raindrop, white cultured pearl is luminous. Alon Diller crafts this delightful pendant necklace by hand of 950 fine silver from Mexico's rich mines in Taxco.
Amber Bumblebee Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Busy Bees, Amber Bumblebee Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 2.3" x 0.8" W x 0.2" D
Flora MariaCrafted of sterling silver, two busy bees explore openwork honeycombs in a pair of dangle earrings from Mexico. Flora Maria designs and crafts the earrings, choosing an elegant teardrop of natural...
Ring of Freedom
Hammered Taxco Sterling Silver Band Ring from Mexico
Ring of Freedom, Hammered Taxco Sterling Silver Band Ring from Mexico
US Ring Size: 6,7,8
Guillermo ArreguiWorking in the traditional style of Taxco handicrafts, Mexican artisan Guillermo Arregui creates this fascinating ring. Crafted from sterling silver, this simple ring showcases a hammered finish that...
Jewelry from Mexico(2,740 items)
Welcome to our Jewelry from Mexico Collection, each piece crafted by NOVICA artisans who carry on ancestral traditions in contemporary designs.
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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 jewelers 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, mens 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 mens 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, mens 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 mens jewelry with confidence. There are no rules when it comes to mens 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. Todays 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 mens 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, mens rings have carried tremendous significance throughout history. In West Africa, rings were originally used to represent Gods unmatched power and the authority of mankind on earth. In India, handcrafted rings have been used to symbolize everything from devotion and fidelity to eternity and belief in a deity. Today, like in many cultures, Indian rings represent love, engagement and marriage. Pre-Hispanic cultures in Central America and South America used handmade jewelry to denote social position, rank, as well as personal adornment. Metal, bone, shell, and stoneparticularly jadewere chosen for beauty and durability. Even the choice of metal has meaning in particular cultures. The Incas, for example, believed that gold was a sacred metal sent by the sun god, Inti, and all mines belonged to the emperor, who protected his metals with great zeal.
Men have worn rings since ancient times as a personal ornament, a sign of social position, official rank, or a symbol of religious beliefs. Handmade jewelry may reflect changes in fashion, but it remains rooted in the history and culture of a people and place. Each unique ring reveals the artistic sensibility of its maker, yet certain symbols and motifs appear frequently. In India, the Om motif has special cultural significance as a sacred spiritual symbol. It signifies ultimate reality, or consciousness. In Bali, the Om Kara, or Ongkara, represents five elements: wind, fire, ether, water, air, and earth, which correspond to different aspects of the human body. Religion and mythology are also manifest in traditional jewelry. Lord Ganesha, one of the most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon, is revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and the god of intellect and wisdom. In Bali, Barong is a lion-like mythical creature that symbolizes victory and spiritual protection. These symbols and others can be found on handmade rings from around the world and are ways of honoring history, culture, and spirituality.
Techniques that rely on handmade craftsmanship honor the cultures and regions from which they come. In Bali, repouss, or the art of silver filigree, is still preserved by artisans today. In Central America, jewelry-makers work with natural stones, especially jade, in order to celebrate the techniques and materials used by their ancestors. In India, sterling silver jewelry is made through intricate jali carving or rawa (silver beading). Hand-casting and gemstone-cutting have also been passed down through the generations, and today, make their way into unique works of wearable art. In West Africa, fabrication (including soldering or welding) is a technique that has stood the test of time, as has leather twisting, which adorns mens jewelry from bracelets to necklaces.
The traditional techniques used to create artisan jewelry are as diverse as the cultures from which they come. In Peru, the ancient technique of handmade goldsmithing continues in the work of filigree, the art of weaving silver threads together. Originally brought to the Andes during the colonial period, filigree acquired local nuances and incorporated designs inspired by nature and daily life. In Bali, handmade jewelry makes use of a method called repouss, a decorative, detail-oriented artform that uses hammers and punches to raise metal in relief from the background of the ring. In West Africa, fabrication, casting, and forging are common handcrafted techniques, whereas in India, it is common to see cut gemstones intricately fitted within silver segments.
Traditional artisans handcraft jewelry using the techniques and materials of their ancestors. In Indonesia, the most common mens bracelet is made from Akar Baharnatural, or black, coral. In the Andes, sterling silver, leather, waxed cotton threads, or natural stones adorn handmade jewelry. In Central America, the list includes: gold, brass, cord, wood, or glass. West Africa also makes use of these materials, plus wooden beads. And India incorporates gemstones into its rich history of jewelry.
Featured Reviews on Jewelry from Mexico
By Patricia M
Lovely and unusual
Very pretty - beautiful craftsmanship - nice Lapis piece. The only problem I had was with the clasp on the chain, which was so small it was hard to clasp when putting necklace on - at least for me.
Beautiful turquoise ring!
This is a wonderfully crafted turquoise ring. The turquoise itself is nice and chunky, and its solidly affixed to the silver ring base. The ring itself is nice and sturdy, and fits my finger perfectly.
Guillermo Arregui Sterling silver and gemstone jewelry
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