Suede Necklaces(23 items)
Welcome to our Suede 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 Suede Necklaces
This unique necklace is so sturdy and well made. I ve already worn it on a black turtleneck and it is gorgeous! Lots of compliments! It also was beautifully and carefully wrapped. It s always exciting to get a package from you—it s like opening a present!
Bold and beautiful
This is different from any other jewelry that I own and I am very glad that I purchased it. It is mysterious, powerful and very comfortable to wear.
Perfect for work and casual wear
This is a striking piece and goes with many of my clothes. Its not so large as to seem out of place at work. I frequently get compliments on it, so its a way to introduce others to Novica as well.
Cida Matos Handcrafted fashion jewelry
"My dream is to see my creations appreciated beyond the borders of Brazil."
"My inspiration comes from God, the beauty of women, and Mother... read more
Popular Suede Necklaces
Spiral Pattern Suede Accent Ceramic Pendant Necklace, "Tribal Spiral"$27.99
Handcrafted from ceramic, the rectangular pendant of this necklace displays geometric spiral patterns that evoke tribal motifs. Cida Matos of Brazil designs and crafts this necklace, circling the neck with polyester cord, centered by a three-strand segment. Suede accents add character to this accessory, featuring a sliding knot with cedarwood beads for an adjustable length.
Rectangular Ceramic Pendant Necklace from Brazil, "Rectangular Labyrinth"$19.99
Handcrafted from ceramic, a rectangular pendant is detailed with intricate labyrinth motifs. Brazilian artisan Cida Matos creates this stunning statement necklace, crafted with a suede ribbon that connects the pendant to the cord. Polyester cord encircles the neck, and an adjustable sliding knot is accentuated by imbuia wood beads.
Labyrinth Motif Ceramic Pendant Necklace from Brazil, "Labyrinth Squares"$19.99
Handcrafted from ceramic, a square pendant is detailed with intricate labyrinth motifs. Brazilian artisan Cida Matos creates this stunning statement necklace, crafted with a suede ribbon that connects the pendant to the cord. Polyester cord encircles the neck, and an adjustable sliding knot is accentuated by imbuia wood beads.
Adjustable Ceramic Pendant Necklace Crafted in Brazil, "Elegant Maze"$23.99
Taking your mind on a journey, this mesmerizing necklace from Brazil is designed by Cida Matos. She handcrafts a rectangular pendant from ceramic, featuring intricate maze-like patterns. Three cord strands center the necklace, decorated with suede accents. A sliding knot with cedar wood beads gives this accessory an adjustable length.