Charm Bracelets(524 items)
Explore NOVICA's Charm Bracelets Collection. You will discover our unique range of traditional and contemporary handcrafted artisan bracelets showcasing designs ranging from a single drop to a motif-rich array of embellished pendant charms.
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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 Charm Bracelets
This is a favorite. Garnet and pearl bracelet.
Love this bracelet. Garnet is my birthstone and pearls my favorite. Their jewelry is gorgeous and I support their artisans. I just purchased two sterling necklaces. Waiting to receive.
Unique, lovely, soft colors enhanced w/ gold
It was the soft, multiple colors that attracted me to this bracelet, along with the shimmering gold. This artist has other bracelets I purchased, one with yellow stones mixed in and also one with solid yellow stones with a yellow heart charm. I thought I could wear this bracelet with either of them to create interest, besides on its own. Usually I dont favor dangling bracelets, but this style works well because the hanging beads are close to the chain. Besides the perfect workwomanship on the jewelry I have from this artist, the cost has always been very reasonable.
delicate but sturdy
i love unusual pearl jewelry and this is a great addition to my collection. well-made for everyday wear but pretty enough for special occasions. very happy with purchase!
Pakaon Sojintarit Handcrafted jewelry with Thai hill tribe silver
"The allure of silver jewelry took me back to run my family's project. It is blended between traditional and modern design, and I'm happy with it."
“Thirty years ago, my parents sold souvenirs such as bags, scarves, silk articles, etc. But the disadvantage was these products were... read more
Popular Charm Bracelets
Om Symbol Beaded Bracelet with Blue and Brown Jasper, "Tiny Globes"
Looking like miniature planets in mottled shades of blue, green and brown, jasper beads are strung together to form three strands in this bracelet from Tipa in Thailand. The artisan accents the bracelet with a 950 silver charm featuring the symbol and a stamped Karen hill tribe toggle clasp.
Rose Quartz Bead Charm Bracelet Sterling Silver Dragonfly, "Moonlight Dragonfly in Rose"
Asmara Putra of Indonesia creates this rose quartz beaded bracelet with sterling silver accent beads and a sterling silver dragonfly charm. About his work, the artisan notes: “I really like Bali's engraving motifs, and I include them in most of the jewelry I craft.”
Brass Bracelet Purple-color Gems Beaded Jewelry, "Purple Elephant Charm"
Fastening with a lucky ringing bell, this bracelet holds the charm of a Thai elephant. Tiraphan Hasub crafts the brown bracelet by hand, alternating brass beads and dyed purple quartz forming three strands. The bracelet fastens at one of two lengths.
Black Cultured Pearl and Garnet Hill Tribe Starfish Bracelet, "Dark Starfish Love"
Matta celebrates the sea with a stunning bracelet. Black cultured pearls evoke the night as they alternate with garnet globes. A silver starfish charm suspends elegantly, showcasing the fine craftsmanship of the Thailand's hill tribe silversmiths.
Throughout history, bracelets have been worn by many cultures for a multitude of reasons. For example, in some... read more
The Charm Bracelet
In Thailand, Khun Boom combines silver and gemstone charms for her stunning hill tribe for her hand-crafted leather bracelets and leather necklaces, whereas Achara recalls old Siam in shiny sterling silver bracelets.
Gemstone charm bracelets such as garnet or amethyst offer the opportunity of become personalized birthstone gifts.
Trendsetters should look no further than Hiroshi Kimoto's handmade bracelet designs. Cast of silver, they feature a colorful variety of glass charms that matches stars and heart necklaces.