Leather Necklaces(582 items)
Find an immense selection of casual and versatile jewelry styles from all across the globe in NOVICA’s handcrafted leather necklaces collection below.
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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.
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 Leather Necklaces
This was a gift for my hairdresser, due to Covid, have had no feedback yet. But, I certainly liked it and would wear it.
Love this Necklace
The seahorses are carved with very fine details, the garnet is very bright, little larger than I expected, but a very beautiful piece!
Best silver Pu-Tai presentation ever!
This was my fourth purchase through Novica, and once again it did not disappoint. The Pu-Tai pendant by Made Sudiari is exquisitely crafted and finished, and in my opinion is the best depiction of Pu-Tai in a miniature pendant version I have ever seen. The only minor change I made was to transfer the pendant to a slightly longer silver chain as the original cord it comes with is leather and I did not want to damage it with fairly regular exposure to water, but I have kept the original leather cord and may transfer it back some day. However, I am 100% pleased with my purchase and recommend this artist without reservation. She is truly a skilled craftsperson and I will look for her work again when I need gifts for family or friends in future. Certainly suitable I think for a man or a woman, and again beautifully and carefully crafted with amazing attention to detail. Thank you Made Sudiari! Thank you, Novica!
Made Wardika Carved bone and leather jewelry
"My designs are inspired by the rich cultures and art of Bali traditions."
I'm the second of three children and, due to my family's economic situation, I started working when I was 11 years old to pay for school.... read more
Popular Leather Necklaces
Red Glass and Leather Pendant Necklace from Brazil, "Red Eclipse"$39.99
Centering a long strand of leather cord, two planetary bodies form a contemporary composition in this statement necklace from Brazil. Silvana and João Alexandre create this necklace, which features two circular pendants—one red and the other orange—that are handcrafted from glass. Each pendant is displayed against a leather panel.
Blue Glass and Leather Pendant Necklace from Brazil, "Blue Eclipse"$39.99
Centering a long strand of leather cord, two planetary bodies form a contemporary composition in this statement necklace from Brazil. Silvana and João Alexandre create this necklace, which features two circular pendants—one blue and the other ivory in hue—that are handcrafted from glass. Each pendant is displayed against a leather panel.
Blue and Brown Glass and Leather Pendant Necklace, "Layers of Ocean"
Layers of the ocean in hues of brown, blue, and white decorate the pendant of this necklace from Brazil. Artisan duo Silvana and João Alexandre create this necklace, handcrafting the pendant from fused glass to be displayed on a leather strip. This modern accessory circles the neck with leather cord.
Handcrafted Bone Octopus Pendant Necklace from Bali, "Octopus Refuge"$27.99
Seeming to hide within the refuge of the ocean depths, a spotted octopus is hand-carved of bone. Balinese artisan Made Wardika designs this pendant necklace, capturing the majestic creature with an impressive level of detail. The pendant centers an adjustable leather cord that circles the neck.
Precious metals and natural gemstones are the most popular materials for women's necklaces. Silver, gold and... read more