Cord Bracelets(408 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Cord Bracelet Collection that NOVICA artisans have crafted for you:
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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 Cord Bracelets
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LOVE this bracelet! Excellent quality and design! Shipping took a while but it was well worth the wait. Like everything I ve bought from Novica, it was nicely presented as a gift in a small cloth bag. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Hope for unity
I really love the symbolism of this bracelet. So appropriate during this time. Well made and comfortable. The nylon? bracelet part will loosen slowly with wearing, but cannot completely come apart and does not slip off. Great for all who want to make a gentle statement about their wish for unity among friends, family, strangers, society.
Ive purchased other bracelets for my husband, but the clasps can be complicated. This one is perfect. Its magnetic but, with a little turn, its secured. I think hes going to love it.
Napapat Handcrafted silver and macrame jewelry
"Their works were very creative and beautiful, but also distinctly Thai: their methods unchanged from mother to daughter."
Popular Cord Bracelets
Andean Sterling Silver Kintu Pendant Unity Bracelet, "Three Worlds in Union"$23.99
Three coca leaves come together in a bouquet known as a In Andean thought, it is a symbol of the union of the three worlds — the worlds of the living, of the dead and of the gods. It is also a favorite offering to Pachamama, the Mother Earth. Centering a red cord unity bracelet by Carolina and Jorge, the pendant is crafted of sterling silver.
Leather Braided Cord Bracelet with a Sterling Silver Compass, "True North"$89.95
Henry Anthony Sanny pays homage to the unwavering accuracy of the compass in this handsome bracelet. Two bands of braided dark brown leather surround the wrist. Sterling silver elements anchor each end, while a matching compass motif button serves as a clasp.
Leather Accent Sterling Silver Bracelet with Lotus Pendant, "Lotus"$69.99
Henry Anthony Sanny creates a handsome bracelet to be simple yet refined, subtly drawing the eye to the wearer without appearing overly flashy. The Balinese artisan braids leather to form a double band, and the sterling silver button features an abstract lotus design. Sterling silver accents harmonize with the pendant and the rich brown leather in a pleasing design.
Neutral Tones Macrame Bracelets from Guatemala (Set of 3), "Highland Elements"$39.99
Wakami is an artisan collective whose work benefits over 500 Guatemalan women and their families. This bohemian-cool unisex bracelet set is crafted with macrame techniques, and each of the 3 bracelets is different. In tones of black, brown, grey-green and white, the bracelets incorporate braided waxed cord along with metal accents, leather, and beads of white howlite. Two of the bracelets have clasps (one with a hook and one with a button clasp), and the third bracelet features a sliding knot for an adjustable length.