Eco Friendly Bracelets(213 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Eco Friendly 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 Eco Friendly Bracelets
Wow! This is so gorgeous! An instant mood lift.
If this is glass it sure fooled me; these beads look like frosted quartz. These are not small beads. I think they are actually 12mm, but dont look or feel too big on. The multi-color cording makes this bracelet so outstanding. It reminds me of a vivid rainbow. I am sure to get lots of compliments when I wear it out and about. The macrame is excellent, and every bead is perfectly round and frosted. There are tiny black beads at the ends of the pull cords. I have small wrists so it is a little large on me, but I dont mind it sitting near the top of my hand. I have a 10mm bead necklace of hand-knotted, frosted quartz I can wear with this, but the eyes will be drawn to this beautiful bracelet. I think this bracelet would make great gifts for friends and it is very reasonably priced.
I ordered Annula in Sea Green, which is a teal color. Like another reviewer, I apparently received Annula in Green, which is an emerald/forest green. Its lovely, too, and fortunately I can wear it with something else. But I wanted the Sea Green (teal) for a particular outfit, and it would be good if you sent buyers what they ordered.
Ila Suleyman Leather and beaded jewelry
"My forefathers were predominantly millet and cattle farmers, and they would use the leather of the animals for accessories such as talismans, bangles and necklaces for personal use."
Popular Eco Friendly Bracelets
31 Bits Blue Recycled Paper Stacking Bracelets (Pair), "31 Bits Bracelets"$24
Two assorted bracelets handmade in Uganda. The beads are made from recycled paper - one size fits most. Keep one and give to a friend, or wear both! Perfect for stacking. Feel good supporting 31 Bits' mission to drive positive change in the world by supporting artisans.
Due to the handmade nature of these products, the color may vary slightly.
Handcrafted Unisex Upcycled Copper Cuff Bracelet from Mexico, "Texture and Shine"$23.99
Mexican artisans Rosy and Daniel transform recycled copper into a handsome unisex cuff bracelet. The curved copper is scored with vertical lines, creating a pattern similar to an armadillo's shell. This versatile bracelet works well with everyday outfits or dressing up an evening look.
The artisans recommend wiping the bracelet with a damp cloth for cleaning, immediately drying the bracelet, and then polishing it with a bit of wood wax to help it maintain its color and shine. The artisans strongly discourage using any type of cleaning product with this bracelet due to the potential to damage the finish.
Eco Friendly Ghana Artisan Crafted Wood Stretch Bracelet, "Kumasi Blossom"
A floral medallion centers this bracelet, honoring Kumasi, the "garden city" of Ghana. Stacks of sese wood disks flank the blossom in a design by Rita Addo Zakour. Eco-friendly, the central square is crafted by recycling plastic drinking bottles.
Multicolor Wood Beaded Artisan Crafted Bracelet, "Trang Belle"
In a multicolored feast, this torsade bracelet is by Sumalee Nawakul. She crafts the bracelet by hand with dyed beads of littleleaf boxwood, creating 10 hand-knotted strands that twist into a bracelet that can fasten at two different lengths.
Please note that the color of the toggle bead may vary.