Opal Necklaces(37 items)
Welcome to Novica's Opal Necklace Gallery! We hope you enjoy exploring our eye-catching opal necklace collection below:
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
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 Opal Necklaces
Lots of Compliments
Love this piece! I always get lots of compliments when I wear this Carnelian and opal pendant necklace. The main stone stands out and is just the right size and looks beautiful with the smaller opals.
I love this piece. I have worn it everyday since I received it. It is very well made. I have gotten a few compliments on it from family and friends. I would recommend this to everyone. Would make a lovely holiday gift.
Beautiful one of kind piece
I love the white pendant with the beautiful speckles of bluish black and the grey stormy look inside the white. This would be a great gift for a mother or mother in law.
Sandra and Lily Silver jewelry
To Sandra and Lily, their work is a constant source of inspiration, and both find motivation in the inner peace they feel as they create.
It all began as a game, when Sandra's little boy (Lily's grandson) was sent to fine psychomotor therapy. They both became immersed in... read more
Popular Opal Necklaces
Pink Opal and Garnet Sterling Silver Flower Necklace, "Glowing Flower"$89.99
Add some sparkle to your look with this exquisite pendant necklace from Neeru Goel in India. A sterling silver pendant boasts an incredible pink opal with over six carats of sparkling garnet petals that surround it. The dazzling gemstone blossom is worn on an attractive cable chain.
Handcrafted Andean Sterling Silver Necklace with Opal, "Window"$139.99
Like a window into nature's gifts, a cool gemstone reveals its innate allure. Patricia Jara selects enhanced Andean opal for this lovely pendant necklace. She frames the stone in a sleek sterling silver setting.
.925 Sterling silver
Handmade Opal Freshwater Cultured Pearl Pendant Necklace, "Sea Symphony"$139.99
This sterling silver pendant necklace from Bali's Mutiara Collection features a beautiful trio of gemstones, reminiscent of the colors of the sea. A cultured pearl sits atop two cabochon opals that invite you contemplate the wonders of the symphony of the sea.
Rose Opal and Sterling Silver Heart Pendant Necklace Duo, "Doubly Cherished"
This pendant necklace duo designed by Sandra and Lily of Peru is the perfect gift to show someone they are doubly cherished. One necklace has a serpentine sterling silver chain with an oval rose opal pendant, and the other a Cuban link chain with a sterling silver openwork heart with graceful vines and leaves. The two necklaces are joined together with a toggle clasp.
Precious metals and natural gemstones are the most popular materials for women's necklaces. Silver, gold and... read more
The Opal Necklace
The stone of visionaries, opal surrounds the user with an aura of mystery and charisma. Pure opal is colorless while black opal is quite rare and valuable. Some of the finest stones come from Australia; Mexico and India are rich in opals.
The Peruvian opal tends toward rose, blue and pale green and features prominently in designs by Marcel Ryzenberg, Carlos Gonzalez, and in Ilaria's opal jewelry. Bali's Caine accentuates pearl necklaces with the lovely stone, and it is featured in many styles of handmade jewelry.
Novica's opal necklace collection includes pendants, waterfalls and chokers with opal accents and featuring other gemstones as well. Each piece is handcrafted by skilled jewelry designers throughout the world.