Dolphin Necklaces(27 items)
Welcome to our Dolphin Necklace Collection, each piece crafted by NOVICA artisans who carry on ancestral traditions in contemporary designs.
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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.
Featured Reviews on Dolphin Necklaces
Bought this for my best friends birthday because when doing a Spirit Animal card reading, we both pulled the Dolphin as our spirit animal. It looks just like the photos, is very well made, and best of all, she loved it!! Now I need to get one for myself!
So finely crafted!
This precious pair of snowy white dolphins is SO beautifully carved, right down to their graceful fins and playful smiles! I love this piece!
Distinct Style of the Highest Quality
The artist Mikelo represents the third generation of silver designers from Taxco, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. His one-of-a-kind pieces are all handmade and very distinctive and of the highest quality - .950 sterling silver. His designs are timeless and will be treasured for generations to come! Highly recommended!
Michael Krainer Handcrafted sterling silver and gemstone jewelry
"We send our greetings and love in every piece and look forward to sharing our collections with you for many years to come."
"I promised my wife, Noa, that l would earn enough someday for a proper workshop and would move my workbench... read more
Popular Dolphin Necklaces
Larimar and Sterling Silver Leaping Dolphin Pendant Necklace, "Dolphin Leap"$99.95
Let 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 sterling silver dots in its tail and a faceted black spinel gemstone for its eye.
Sterling Silver Reconstituted Turquoise Dolphin Necklace, "'Dolphin Harmony'"$127.99
Bali artist Kadek Hendra hand crafts this exquisite 925 sterling silver necklace featuring a pendant with two dolphins, reconstituted turquoise stone and blue topaz gemstones. The pendant hangs from a sterling silver naga chain with an ornately detailed clasp.
Larimar Sterling Silver Swimming Dolphin Pendant Necklace, "Sleek Swimmer"
Let this sleek dolphin give you a smile. In this pendant necklace handcrafted by Thai artisan Michael Krainer, the dolphin's body is larimar set in sterling silver, with a faceted white topaz gemstone for its eye.