Men's Cultural Sterling Silver and Brass Pendant Necklace
Ancient Words, Men's Cultural Sterling Silver and Brass Pendant Necklace
Dewa ArimbawaIn the Hanacaraka alphabet of Bali, the words Sa Ba Ta A can be read in the brass accent of this pendant necklace, representing the four cardinal directions, also known as Mata Angin. Dewa Arimbawa...$127.99
Artist: Dewa Arimbawa
Hand Made Roman Glass Dangle Earrings
Cold Sun, Hand Made Roman Glass Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.1" x 0.5" W
Michael KrainerWear a piece of history on your ears with Michael Krainer gorgeous glass earrings. From his workshop in Thailand, the artisan crafts the pair from ancient Roman glass, which is recovered from...$69.99
Artist: Michael Krainer
Chrysocolla and Onyx Hummingbird Dangle Earrings from Peru
Azure Hummingbird, Chrysocolla and Onyx Hummingbird Dangle Earrings from Peru
Length: 1.6" x 0.6" W x 0.1" D
Bertha VeraAdd a touch of magic to your look with this whimsical set of dangle earrings. Bertha Vera handcrafts them from 950 silver and embellishes each hummingbird with blue-green chrysocolla and bright onyx...$59.99
Artist: Bertha Vera
Amber and Amethyst Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Golden Dragonflies, Amber and Amethyst Silver Dangle Earrings from Mexico
Length: 0.8" x 0.4" W
Flora MariaFlora Maria captures the spirit of freedom and transformation of dragonflies in this delicate pair of earrings. She handcrafts two dragonfly shapes from 925 sterling silver and decorates them with a...$49.99
Artist: Flora Maria
Swirl Pattern Sterling Silver Band Ring from Bali
Intaglio Curls, Swirl Pattern Sterling Silver Band Ring from Bali
US Ring Size: 5,6,9,10,11
Zayd MakarimBalinese artisan Zayd Makarim draws inspiration from the traditional form of incised intaglio printing to create this fascinating ring. Crafted from sterling silver, this ring circles the finger with...
Artist: Zayd Makarim
Artisan Crafted Multi-Gemstone Stud Earrings (Set of 7)
Everyday Pairs, Artisan Crafted Multi-Gemstone Stud Earrings (Set of 7)
Length: 0.4" x 0.4" W x 0.2" D
Bhavya JainFramed by handcrafted sterling silver designs, various gemstones are displayed in this set of seven stud earrings from India. Bhavya Jain works with green and black onyx, carnelian, labradorite...
Handmade Multi-Gemstone Stud Earrings (Set of 7)
Harmonious Pairs, Handmade Multi-Gemstone Stud Earrings (Set of 7)
Length: 0.3" x 0.3" W x 0.1" D
Bhavya JainFramed by handcrafted sterling silver designs, various gemstones are displayed in this harmonious set of seven stud earrings from India. Bhavya Jain works with green and black onyx, lapis lazuli...$79.95
Handmade 22k Gold Plated Sterling Silver Gemstone Earrings
Sunset Raindrops, Handmade 22k Gold Plated Sterling Silver Gemstone Earrings
Length: 1.7" x 0.4" W x 0.4" D
Vivek NathanyThis eye-catching pair of dangle earrings is designed by Vivek Nathany of India. Drops of pale-yellow, shimmering, faceted citrine are accented by garnet and peridot beads and hang from a lustrous, 22...$39.95
Artist: Vivek Nathany
Brass and Reconstituted Turquoise Dangle Earrings
Sea Gold, Brass and Reconstituted Turquoise Dangle Earrings
Length: 2.6" x 0.5" W
MattaBelow beaded discs of reconstituted turquoise, handcrafted brushed brass pendants dangle. Thai artisan Matta designs this pair of dangle earrings, swinging from hooks of sterling silver bathed in 18k...$49.95
Balinese Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Lamak Flags, Balinese Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Length: 2" x 0.8" W x 0" D
Ari GunawanBalinese artisan Ari Gunawan was born in Celuk, Bali, a village well-known for its silver crafting. Today, he and his wife still live and work in Celuk, creating beautiful jewelry together. These...$42.95
Artist: Ari Gunawan
Hand-Painted Bone and Amethyst Feather Dangle Earrings
Antique Feathers, Hand-Painted Bone and Amethyst Feather Dangle Earrings
Length: 2.2" x 0.4" W x 0.2" D
Ayu AryPainted by hand, two feathers are carved from bone, dangling below petite beads of amethyst. Ayu Ary designs these Balinese earrings, which swing from hooks of sterling silver.
Cat's Eye and Cotton Fabric Dangle Earrings from Ghana
Ohemaa Elegance, Cat's Eye and Cotton Fabric Dangle Earrings from Ghana
Length: 3.5" x 4.3" W
Lydia Mawuenya AmedzratorBeneath beads of natural cat's eye, frills of cotton fabric printed with colorful African motifs dangle. Ghanaian artisan Lydia Mawuenya Amedzrator creates these earrings, which swing from brass...
Artist: Lydia Mawuenya Amedzrator
Faceted Ruby Stud Earrings from Thailand
Sparkling Gems, Faceted Ruby Stud Earrings from Thailand
Length: 0.2" x 0.2" W x 0.1" D
NarineeTwo ruby gems sparkle with elegant facets in this lovely pair of stud earrings from Thailand. Narinee carefully selects each gem, cradling them within prongs of sterling silver.$44.99
Garnet and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Elegant Arrangement, Garnet and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.9" x 0.6" W x 0.2" D
Eka DeviDesigned by Bali's Eka Devi, these elegant earrings incorporate traditional Balinese jewelry motifs such as jawan (small silver beads or dots). The sterling silver dangle earrings are further enhanced...$37.99
Artist: Eka Devi
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
Handmade 22k Gold Plated Chalcedony Dangle Earrings
Garden Glory, Handmade 22k Gold Plated Chalcedony Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.6" x 0.4" W x 0.2" D
Vivek NathanyA petite leaf and flower adorn these elegant 22k gold-plated dangle earrings by India’s Vivek Nathany. The faceted chalcedony gemstones are thought to absorb negative energy and bring the mind, body...$49.95
Artist: Vivek Nathany
Bridge in Black
Polished Sterling Silver and Leather Men's Bracelet
Bridge in Black, Polished Sterling Silver and Leather Men's Bracelet
Cahya KrisnaElegantly masculine, this bracelet is the work of Cahya Krisna in Bali. Braided black leather forms a bridge between thick, gleaming chains of sterling silver. The bracelet is secured by a polished...
Artist: Cahya Krisna
Collectible Black Cotton and Jade Pendant Necklace
Maya Legend, Collectible Black Cotton and Jade Pendant Necklace
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Ruben and Gilda PerezMaya legend tells of how the god of maize used three jade stones to hold up the sky apart from the sea. The ancient Maya deposited three jades in the tombs of the aristocracy, for the green gem came...
Artist: Ruben and Gilda Perez
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...$69.99
Artist: Francisco Sanchez
Marcasite and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings from Thailand
Bold Connection, Marcasite and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings from Thailand
Length: 0.6" x 0.4" W
NarineeThai artisan Narinee creates unique and glamorous drop earrings. Crafted of sterling silver, the pair features two rings linked together and studded with sparkling marcasite.$49.99
Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace of Two Cats from Thailand
Feline Love, Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace of Two Cats from Thailand
Sarote LochotinuntA mother cat and her kitten share a special bond in the pendant of this necklace from Thailand. Sarote Lochotinunt crafts his design of sterling silver with a shimmering brushed-satin finish.$49.99
Gate of Olympus
Garnet and Hand-Carved Bone Dangle Earrings from Bali
Gate of Olympus, Garnet and Hand-Carved Bone Dangle Earrings from Bali
Length: 2.6" x 0.8" W x 0.2" D
Made WardikaInspired by the Gate of Olympus from Greek mytology, Balinese artisan Made Wardika designs this elegant pair of dangle earrings. Feather-like half-coronas are hand-carved from bone, caressed by swirl...
Artist: Made Wardika
Lapis Lazuli and Taxco Silver Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Wintry Eye, Lapis Lazuli and Taxco Silver Pendant Necklace from Mexico
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Guillermo ArreguiNatural blue lapis lazuli 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...
Larimar and Sterling Silver Leaping Dolphin Pendant Necklace
Dolphin Leap, Larimar and Sterling Silver Leaping Dolphin Pendant Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Michael KrainerLet this playful dolphin leap into your heart. In this pendant necklace handcrafted by Thai artisan Michael Krainer, the dolphin's body is larimar set in sterling silver, with faceted white topaz and...$99.95
Artist: Michael Krainer
Leafy Sterling Silver Stud Earrings from Thailand
Adorable Leaves, Leafy Sterling Silver Stud Earrings from Thailand
Length: 0.2" x 0.6" W
LalanaThai artisan Lalana creates an adorable nature-inspired pair of stud earrings. Crafted from sterling silver, each earring is treated with a combination of finishes that highlights its design.$19.99
Filled with Flowers
Heart-Shaped Floral Sterling Silver Stud Earrings
Filled with Flowers, Heart-Shaped Floral Sterling Silver Stud Earrings
Length: 0.4" x 0.4" W
AoyFilled with openwork floral patterns, two hearts are crafted from sterling silver and treated with a combination of finishes. Aoy presents this lovely pair of stud earrings from Thailand.$19.99
Dog and Cat Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Steadfast Companions, Dog and Cat Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Sarote LochotinuntA dog and a cat share an unlikely bond in the pendant of this necklace from Thailand. Sarote Lochotinunt designs the necklace, crafting the pendant of sterling silver with a shimmering brushed-satin...$47.99
Handcrafted Carved Bone Falcon Feather Theme Earrings
Falcon Feather, Handcrafted Carved Bone Falcon Feather Theme Earrings
Length: 2" x 0.4" W x 0.2" D
Ayu AryLifelike falcon feathers take shape in hand-carved bone. Nature is a wonderful source of inspiration for Ayu Ary. The Balinese jewelry artisan paints them by hand to become earrings on sterling silver...$23.99
Gold accent dangle earrings
Golden Horizon, Gold accent dangle earrings
Length: 1.5" x 0.6" W
Komang WijayanaSterling silver drops peek over a 18k gold-plated horizon line in these simple, elegant, and extremely versatile two-tone earrings by Indonesia’s Komang Wijayana.
.925 Sterling silver$44.95
Hand Woven Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
Pandan Weaving, Hand Woven Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 0.9" W
Komang WijayanaBalinese Hindus frequently leave offerings of rice and flowers in baskets woven of pandan leaves to show gratitude to the gods. This sterling silver cuff is woven in the same fashion by Komang Wijayan...$154.99
Men's Blue Topaz Bird Ring Crafted in Bali
Falcon's Gaze, Men's Blue Topaz Bird Ring Crafted in Bali
US Ring Size: 6,7,8,9,10,11
Komang WijayanaConquer the skies with this bold and noble men's ring from Bali. Presented by Komang Wijayana, the ring is crafted of sterling silver in the shape of a bird with eyes of glistening blue topaz....$59.99
Origami Bird Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Origami Flight, Origami Bird Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Sarote LochotinuntThai artisan Sarote Lochotinunt designs this sterling silver pendant necklace featuring the complex figure of an origami bird with outstretched wings. The pendant is worn on a box chain necklace. The...$47.99
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...$74.99
Handmade Silver Dolphin Earrings with Lilac Maya Jade
Lilac Dolphin, Handmade Silver Dolphin Earrings with Lilac Maya Jade
Length: 1.7" x 0.7" W x 0.2" D
Zandra Lorena SajbinShining dolphins leap from the sea to play with a ball of lilac jade. By Zandra Lorena Sajbin, these delightful sterling silver earrings are meticulously crafted by hand. Lilac jade is a natural...
Artist: Zandra Lorena Sajbin
Colorful Recycled CD Dangle Earrings from Guatemala
Celebrate Creativity, Colorful Recycled CD Dangle Earrings from Guatemala
Length: 2.2" x 0.8" W
Rosario LeivaWith a concern for the environment, Rosario Leiva of Guatemala works to recycle CDs, giving the material a special treatment that results in this unique and original pair of dangle earrings. The...$49.99
Artist: Rosario Leiva
Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver Bracelet with Peace Charm
Peaceful Bamboo, Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver Bracelet with Peace Charm
Nyoman AriawanExquisitely crafted from sterling silver, this lovely bracelet is presented by Nyoman Ariawan of Bali. A delicate charm in the shape of a peace symbol with a natural bamboo texture hangs off an...$89.99
Artist: Nyoman Ariawan
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...
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...$69.99
Artist: Flora Maria
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...$47.99
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...$64.99
Melody in Me
Clef Note Sterling Silver Music-themed Handmade Earrings
Melody in Me, Clef Note Sterling Silver Music-themed Handmade Earrings
Length: 1.3" x 0.3" W
LalanaPerfect for musicians and fans, these clef-shaped earrings from Thailand are certain to delight. The shiny sterling silver earrings are crafted by hand by the talented Lalana.$23.99
.925 Silver Earrings with Citrine and Composite Turquoise
Golden Sky, .925 Silver Earrings with Citrine and Composite Turquoise
Length: 1.5" x 0.4" W x 0.2" D
ShankerLike golden suns surrounding a mystical planet, the design of this pair of earrings remains forever captivating. India's Shanker presents these elegant sterling silver earrings crafted with sparkling...$59.95
Oval Opal Stud Earrings from Thailand
Bright Ovals, Oval Opal Stud Earrings from Thailand
Length: 0.3" x 0.2" W x 0.2" D
NarineeWithin sterling silver prongs, two petite opal ovals display fascinating hues. Thai artisan Narinee creates these stud earrings, which are further accentuated with glittering cubic zirconia and beads...$37.99
Bone and Cultured Pearl Feather Dangle Earrings from Bali
Stunning Feathers, Bone and Cultured Pearl Feather Dangle Earrings from Bali
Length: 2.2" x 0.5" W x 0.2" D
Ayu AryCarved from bone and painted entirely by hand, two feathers of stunning beauty dangle. Balinese artisan Ayu Ary creates these earrings, which are accentuated by glowing white cultured pearls. Each...$23.99
Rainbow Moonstone Earrings with Amethyst And Silver
Yours Forever, Rainbow Moonstone Earrings with Amethyst And Silver
Length: 1.6" x 0.5" W x 0.2" D
ShankerSterling silver swirls in seductive curves to embrace radiant gemstones. From Shanker in India, these earrings showcase rainbow moonstone and two faceted amethysts that together total 1 carat. .925...$59.99
Turquoise Leaf Drops
Andean Handmade Sterling Silver Turquoise Leaf Earrings
Turquoise Leaf Drops, Andean Handmade Sterling Silver Turquoise Leaf Earrings
Length: 1.4" x 0.6" W x 0.1" D
Jose Luis ParionaMesmerizing in turquoise, natural hydrangea leaves reveal fascinating veins. Jose Luis Pariona sets them in sterling silver for modern earrings with the appeal of nature. Acrylic on both sides...$29.99
Artist: Jose Luis Pariona
Hand-Carved Bone Rose Button Earrings from Bali
Fascinating Roses, Hand-Carved Bone Rose Button Earrings from Bali
Length: 0.6" x 0.6" W x 0.3" D
Ayu AryWorking with bone, Balinese artisan Ayu Ary carefully hand-carves two roses in this pair of button earrings. Each fantastic flower adorns the ear on a post of sterling silver.$19.99
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...$94.99
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
Soft Pink Love
Pink Quartz and Cultured Pearl Beaded Dangle Earrings
Soft Pink Love, Pink Quartz and Cultured Pearl Beaded Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.6" x 0.4" W
NareeratCreating lovely clusters, beads of soft pink quartz and glowing cultured pearl culminate in faceted quartz orbs, weighing two carats each. Thai artisan Nareerat designs these dangle earrings, which...
Balinese Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet with Garnet 3.5 Cts
Uluwatu Altar, Balinese Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet with Garnet 3.5 Cts
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 1.1" W
Komang SuastraKomang Suastra designs this absolutely stunning cuff bracelet. Working with sterling silver, he incorporates traditional Balinese swirl and dot motifs. Seven garnets add 3.5 carats of fiery elegance...$149.99
Artist: Komang Suastra
Hand Crafted Sterling Silver and 18k Gold Hoop Earrings
Floral Tendrils, Hand Crafted Sterling Silver and 18k Gold Hoop Earrings
Length: 1.1" x 0.2" W x 0.8" D
Diah AriniCrafted by hand, these enchanting hoop big earrings by Diah Arini host lavish floral tendrils. The Balinese artisan works in sterling silver, adding accents bathed in radiant 18k gold. .925 Sterling...$79.99
Artist: Diah Arini
Hint of Twilight
Floral Garnet Cuff Bracelet Crafted in Bali
Hint of Twilight, Floral Garnet Cuff Bracelet Crafted in Bali
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 0.4" W
Giri TasmanaBalinese artisan Giri Tasmana handcrafts a beautiful cuff bracelet featuring two faceted pear-shaped garnet gemstones set into each end of the cuff. The bracelet's band is full of flowering vines of...$129.99
Artist: Giri Tasmana
Green Peacock's Feather
Lacy Peridot and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Green Peacock's Feather, Lacy Peridot and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.5" x 0.5" W x 0.2" D
SukartiniLike a peacock's brilliant plumage, silver tendrils extend upwards in a showy display. Bali artisan Sukartini crafts these feminine dangle earrings from sterling silver, adding 2 carats of sparkling...$49.99
White Arabesque Dewdrop
Sterling Silver and White Cultured Pearl Pendant Necklace
White Arabesque Dewdrop, Sterling Silver and White Cultured Pearl Pendant Necklace
Size: 18 to 20 inches
BuanaBeautifully modern, this necklace reveals extravagant silver arabesques. Buana adds a luminous cultured pearl for a design of enchantment.
.925 Sterling silver
Garnet and Marcasite Elephant Pendant Necklace from Thailand
Glistening Elephants, Garnet and Marcasite Elephant Pendant Necklace from Thailand
NarineeThis sterling silver necklace by Thai artisan Narineespeaks to the bond between mother and child. With glittering marcasite decorating their bodies and garnets for eyes this pair makes a touching...$79.95
Balinese Silver Cuff Bracelet with 18k Gold Accents
Blossoming Heart, Balinese Silver Cuff Bracelet with 18k Gold Accents
Size: 5.5" L (end to end) x 0.3" W
Komang WijayanaShining tendrils form graceful hearts on a narrow cuff of sterling silver. With sleek accents bathed in 18k gold, this handcrafted bracelet comes from Bali's Komang Wijayana. .925 Sterling silver...$69.99
Artisan Crafted 22k Gold Plated Hoop Style Earrings
Golden Crescent, Artisan Crafted 22k Gold Plated Hoop Style Earrings
Length: 1.5" x 1.4" W x 0" D
Nyoman RenaElegant crescents feature rows of petite Balinese-style dots bathed in gleaming 22k gold. Nyoman Rena presents a hoop-style earring design in knockout gold plated sterling silver
Artist: Nyoman Rena
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$34.99
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...
Sterling Silver Om Pattern Band Ring from India
Spiritual Fusion, Sterling Silver Om Pattern Band Ring from India
US Ring Size: 6,7,8,9
Bhavya JainFusing a spiritual energy with a traditional Celtic aesthetic, Indian artisan Bhavya Jain creates this stunning band ring. Crafted from sterling silver, this ring features the classic omkara symbol...$37.99
Gold Vermeil Garnet Link Necklace Handcrafted in India
Cherry Garland, Gold Vermeil Garnet Link Necklace Handcrafted in India
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Alok JainDesigner Alok Jain conjures a design of romance and majesty out of 22k gold plated sterling silver. The faceted oval garnet gemstones shimmer brilliantly and encircle the neck gracefully, totaling 30...$354.99
Artist: Alok Jain
Reconstituted Turquoise Turtle Earrings in Sterling Silver
Turtle Pond, Reconstituted Turquoise Turtle Earrings in Sterling Silver
Length: 1.3" x 0.6" W x 0.2" D
Nyoman RenaLittle loggerhead turtles swim the oceans of the world. Brought to life in sterling silver, they grace handcrafted earrings by Nyoman Rena. Richly-veined reconstituted turquoise forms the turtles'...$39.99
Artist: Nyoman Rena
Multigem Beaded Bracelets (Set of 3) Citrine from Brazil
Ocean Trio, Multigem Beaded Bracelets (Set of 3) Citrine from Brazil
Size: 7" Inner Circ. x 0.8" W
Joias do RioBy Brazil's Joias do Rio, three beaded multi-gemstone bracelets capture all of the beautiful colors found in the ocean. Citrine, dyed chalcedony, agate, rose quartz and reconstituted turquoise adorn...
Artist: Joias do Rio
Sterling Silver Star Dangle Earrings from Bali
Star Space, Sterling Silver Star Dangle Earrings from Bali
Length: 3" x 0.4" W x 0.1" D
Fernando Angel MezaCrafted from Andean sterling silver, shining stars are open to let the light flow through. Fernando Angel Meza designs these dazzling dangles, displaying the heavenly bodies on a petite chains. His...$23.99
Artist: Fernando Angel Meza
Genuine Garnet and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings from Bali
Red Simplicity, Genuine Garnet and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings from Bali
Size: 0.2" H x 0.3" Diam.
KenariClassic beauty needs no ornamentation, as evidenced by these simple but lovely stud earrings from Balinese artisan Kenari. The earrings feature sparkling round garnet gems totaling one carat, set in...$23.99
Sky Blue Beaded Bracelet from Guatemala
Solola Sky, Sky Blue Beaded Bracelet from Guatemala
Size: 7" L x 0.8" W
Weaving Hands of AtitlanDreamy sky blues meet earthy brown and grey in this bracelet from Guatemala's Weaving Hands of Atitlan. The artisans string assorted glass beads on light brown nylon cords to create the bracelet...$59.99
Artist: Weaving Hands of Atitlan
Bone Seahorse Dangle Earrings with Pearl and Amethyst
Happy Seahorses, Bone Seahorse Dangle Earrings with Pearl and Amethyst
Length: 2.2" x 0.4" W x 0.2" D
Ayu AryCarved from bone and painted by hand, two happy seahorses dangle below petite beads of cultured pearl and amethyst. Ayu Ary creates this pair of Balinese earrings, which swing from hooks of sterling...
Karen Silver Chalcedony Beaded Bracelet from Thailand
Karen Glee, Karen Silver Chalcedony Beaded Bracelet from Thailand
SiranyaCrafted by hand, a Karen hill tribe silver charm dangles at the center of this bracelet from Thailand. Siranya designs this accessory, which circles the wrist with handmade 950 and sterling silver...
Dot Motif Amethyst Cocktail Ring from Bali
Enshrined, Dot Motif Amethyst Cocktail Ring from Bali
US Ring Size: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Ketut SulastriEnshrined within a sterling silver bezel, a cabochon of amethyst gleams in this cocktail ring from Bali. Featuring a design by Ketut Sulastri, the ring is crafted of sterling silver. Expertly crafted...
Artist: Ketut Sulastri
Thai Filigree Sterling Silver Necklace
Filigree Kitten, Thai Filigree Sterling Silver Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
PichayaCrafted by hand, this filigree-like kitten comes to life as as a necklace by Pichaya. She works in shining silver to craft the cheerful kitty cat that swings on a sterling chain. .925 Sterling silver...$49.95
Sterling Silver Cat Earrings
Filigree Kitten, Sterling Silver Cat Earrings
Length: 1.3" x 0.7" W
PichayaCrafted by hand, filigree kittens come to life as earrings by Pichaya. She works in shining silver to craft cheerful kitty cats that swing on sterling hooks.
.925 Sterling silver$29.95
Sterling Silver Goldfish Necklace with a Cultured Mabe Pearl
Iridescent Goldfish, Sterling Silver Goldfish Necklace with a Cultured Mabe Pearl
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Rosalia TariganA Mabe pearl is dazzling in this necklace by Rosalia Tarigan, its iridescent contours appearing as the body of a sterling silver fish. The artisan crafts the elegant pendant by hand to be worn on a...
Artist: Rosalia Tarigan
Pale Green Jade and Sterling Silver Teardrop Dangle Earrings
Subtle Dewdrops, Pale Green Jade and Sterling Silver Teardrop Dangle Earrings
Length: 2" x 0.6" W x 0.2" D
Ruben and Gilda PerezMade in a small workshop in Antigua, Guatemala, by Ruben & Gilda Perez. The teardrops are cut from light green jade slabs by hand then rounded and given their final shape on a grinding wheel. Capped...
Artist: Ruben and Gilda Perez
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...$59.99
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...$74.99
Hand Crafted Sterling Silver Scroll Work Dangle Earrings
Wind Dance, Hand Crafted Sterling Silver Scroll Work Dangle Earrings
Size: 1.6" H x 0.6" W x 0.1" D
WirabhuwanaThe elegant twist of these sterling silver earrings gives the beautiful illusion that they are dancing in the breeze. Embellished with scroll work, these earrings are hand crafted by Wirabhuwana of...$37.99
18k Gold Plated Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings from Peru
Classic Sheen, 18k Gold Plated Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings from Peru
Length: 0.7" x 0.6" W x 0.1" D
Marianela VargasGleaming with a classic high-polish sheen, these hoop earrings from Peru are designed by Marianela Vargas. She crafts each earring from sterling silver bathed in 18k gold.
Artist: Marianela Vargas
Valley of Color
Handmade Multi-Color Agate Brass Beaded Anklet with Loop
Valley of Color, Handmade Multi-Color Agate Brass Beaded Anklet with Loop
Tiraphan HasubThailand's Tiraphan Hasub orchestrates a dazzling harmony of colors with the design of this anklet. She crafts the anklet by hand, combining multi-color agate and glistening brass beads. The anklet...
Artist: Tiraphan Hasub
Men's Tiger's Eye Ring Crafted in India
Earthen Strength, Men's Tiger's Eye Ring Crafted in India
US Ring Size: 7,8,10,11,12,13
ParulOffering strength, this men's ring from India is presented by Parul. A square cabochon of earthen tiger's eye centers this ring, which circles the finger with a bold band of sterling silver. A...$59.99
Music of Love
Artisan Crafted Brushed Silver Music Theme Necklace
Music of Love, Artisan Crafted Brushed Silver Music Theme Necklace
JantanaWith the clever alignment of a bass clef and an inverted treble clef symbol, artisan Jantana of Thailand creates a heart. She crafts the pendant of sterling silver with her trademark brushed satin...$44.99
Handcrafted Sterling Silver Apple Green Jade Earrings
Apple Green, Handcrafted Sterling Silver Apple Green Jade Earrings
Length: 1.5" x 0.5" W x 0.2" D
Zandra Lorena SajbinNatural jade in apple green tonalities nestles in a halo of silver. Zandra Lorena Sajbin selects asymmetrical Guatemalan gems to craft earrings of classic beauty.$54.99
Artist: Zandra Lorena Sajbin
Soothing Teal Wrap Bracelet Crafted by Artisan Group
Soothing Teal, Soothing Teal Wrap Bracelet Crafted by Artisan Group
Size: 35" L x 0.4" W
Weaving Hands of AtitlanThe contrast between blue and turquoise with pewter beads inspires soothing elegance. Women artisans from Guatemala's Weaving Hands of Atitlán craft the wrap bracelet by hand with dark brown cords.
Artist: Weaving Hands of Atitlan
Sparkling Amethyst Stud Earrings from Bali
Glistening Swirl, Sparkling Amethyst Stud Earrings from Bali
Length: 0.5" x 0.5" W x 0.2" D
Yus SwarmanaFramed by swirling wire and dot patterns in sterling silver, two amethyst gemstones glisten with purple hues. Balinese artisan Yus Swarmana designs these elegant stud earrings.$39.99
Artist: Yus Swarmana
Unique Gifts: Jewelry (2,897 items)
Discover NOVICA's Unique Jewelry Gifts Collection. You'll find handcrafted traditional and contemporary artisan designs, perfect for anyone and any occasion.
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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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