Agate Bracelets(275 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Agate Bracelet Collection that NOVICA artisans have crafted for you:
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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.
Featured Reviews on Agate Bracelets
These gemstone bracelets are truly magnificent! The colors are gorgeous and they look beautiful worn together or separate.
Blue happens to be one of my favorite colors, so this Bracelet is just what I needed. The Bracelet looks better in person, the picture on the website doesnt do it justice. The colors are vibrant and Bold!!!. Very Pretty
Hope for unity
I really love the symbolism of this bracelet. So appropriate during this time. Well made and comfortable. The nylon? bracelet part will loosen slowly with wearing, but cannot completely come apart and does not slip off. Great for all who want to make a gentle statement about their wish for unity among friends, family, strangers, society.
Siriporn Hand-knotted gemstone bracelets
"Small grass flowers growing beside the road, the caterpillar on the tree brunch… butterflies. All of these serve as inspiration to create my jewelry."
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Popular Agate Bracelets
Multi Gemstone Beaded Bracelet from Thailand, "Freedom of Expression in Blue"$44.95
Handcrafted by Thai artisan Tiraphan Hasub, this exquisite beaded bracelet features five strands of gemstones and brass beads on brown polyester cord that attach at the back with small brass bells. Brightly colored lapis lazuli, serpentine, dyed blue calcite, agates, and composite turquoise create a striking contrast with the gold-colored brass, making this bracelet a magnificent accessory.
Multigem Beaded Bracelets (Set of 3) Citrine from Brazil, "Ocean Trio"$17.99
By 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 these creations for a complex, multicolored design. They can be worn together or separately, and stretch slightly to slip over the wrist.
Handmade Unisex Beaded Macrame Wrap Bracelet from Thailand, "Oceanic Wanderer"$54.99
Inspired by nature in her design, Thai artisan Sareeyakarn creates this attractive macrame wrap bracelet using supple brown leather, which she knots by hand around beads of blue agate and green jasper. A stamped Karen silver button fastens the bracelet, which is adjustable in length.
Men's Multi-Gemstone Beaded Stretch Bracelet from Costa Rica, "Planetary Harmony"$47.99
As they circle the wrist, gemstone beads of agate, jasper, tiger's eye, and hematite achieve harmony. Costa Rican artisan Efrain Espinoza creates this men's stretch bracelet, which is completed with petite stainless steel beads.