Labradorite Bracelets(29 items)
Explore NOVICA's Labradorite Bracelets Collection. Discover traditional and contemporary styles handcrafted by global artisans to showcase the remarkable iridescent flashes of peacock-like blue, green, gold and red flashes of color that this beautiful stone displays. This magical stone has long been thought to elicit mystical powers.
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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 Labradorite Bracelets
Mysterious Labradorite Paired With Pearl Accents
The light from labradorite reminds me of gazing into a night sky at the soft flares of the aurora borealis. The wise artist used a smooth round stone rather than one that is faceted so light glides and dances across the entire surface.Tiny clusters of pearls lend a delicacy to the design, as do the petite amethyst accents at the center of the sterling flowers. This is an exquisite piece to treasure and show off with lacy summer white blouses and pale gray winter sweaters.
The Bangkok Orchid bracelet is gorgeous. The stones are beautiful & really compliment each other. The quality is very good too, its definitely well made. I cant wait to wear it this spring/summer!!!
Chuleekorn Beaded gemstone jewelry
"Some days I sit and enjoy late-night knitting sessions because I can't wait to see how the necklace looks when finished."
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Popular Labradorite Bracelets
Coconut Wood and Labradorite Beaded Stretch Bracelet, "Batuan Harmony"$34.99
Choosing smooth beads of natural coconut wood, Balinese artisan Ketut Sulastri strings this stretch bracelet with a musical harmony. The bracelet is accentuated with beads of labradorite and 22k gold plated sterling silver. Sulastri names the bracelet after Batuan, a Balinese village noted for its handicrafts.
Gold Plated Multi Gem Braided Bracelet from Thailand, "Grey is for Balance"
Grey is the color of compromise and balance, beautifully showcased in this bracelet by Thailand's Khun Boom. The bracelet is braided by hand with a 24k gold plated chain and cotton threads held in place with golden metallic threads. Fastening at one of two lengths, the bracelet glistens with gemstone charms including a dyed grey pearl, labradorite, garnet and agate.
Labradorite Station Harem Bracelet from India, "Aurora Quartet"
Featuring a one-carat array of labradorite that gleam with the hues of the Aurora Borealis, this harem bracelet from India is designed by Neetu Barathi. This exotic accessory circles the wrist with sterling silver cable chain. A single chain crosses the back of the hand, culminating in a chain loop circles one finger.
Multi-Gemstone Beaded Cord Bracelet with Karen Silver, "Rainbow Sunset"$39.99
Thailand's Samart Takham twists waxed polyester cord, then hand-strings a rainbow of faceted beads that flank a pleated 950 Karen hill tribe 950 silver bead pendant. She uses faceted labradorite, tourmaline, lapis lazuli, amazonite, quartz, rainbow moonstone, and quartz beads to represent the ever-changing colors of the sunset, with a single amethyst bead gracing the end of the extender chain.
Labradorite is ideal for combining with silver in cuff and link bracelets, as well as with handcrafted earrings. Set in a pearl necklace, labradorite creates a stunning contrast worthy of admiration.
The versatile allure of a labradorite bracelet, alone or in the company of turquoise, garnet or carnelian, is destined to become a much loved gift for mom.