Natural Fiber Bracelets(29 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Natural Fiber 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 Natural Fiber Bracelets
beautiful, delicate handcrafted bracelet
I purchased this bracelet for my favorite niece on her birthday. She called me and told me how much she liked it and how well made it was. I will always support fair trade and this bracelet shows the skill and craftsman ship in all the items.
Wagner and Cassia Golden grass and gold plate jewelry
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Popular Natural Fiber Bracelets
Gold Accented Golden Grass Wristband Bracelet from Brazil, "Gleam of the Sun"$17.99
Circling the wrist with five cords of or golden grass, this lovely wristband bracelet is designed by Brazilian duo Wagner and Cassia. They accentuate the bracelet with 18k gold plated brass bauble motifs, complete at the back with a golden clasp and flower charm.
Gold Accented Golden Grass Wristband Bracelet in Black, "Gold and Black"$19.99
Brazilian duo Wagner and Cassia braid natural and black strands of or golden grass, to create this beautiful wristband bracelet. They combine the natural fiber with the beauty of 18k gold plated brass, complete with an extender chain at the back.
Hand Crafted Golden Grass and Agate Link Bracelet, "All Aglow"
Nature is all aglow with the design of this bracelet by Brazilian husband and wife team Wagner and Cassia. They craft the bracelet by hand, alternating spheres of with freeform agate, its brown hue enhanced to a healthy glow. Linked with 18k gold plated brass hoops, the bracelet fastens at the desired length.
Hand Crafted Green Agate and Golden Grass Link Bracelet, "All Aglow in Green"
Nature is all aglow with the design of this bracelet by Brazilian husband and wife team Wagner and Cassia. They craft the bracelet by hand, alternating spheres of with freeform agate, its green hue enhanced to a healthy glow. Linked with 18k gold plated brass hoops, the bracelet fastens at the desired length.