Onyx Bracelets(222 items)
Discover NOVICA's Onyx Bracelets Collection, handcrafted by artisans from around the world. Ranging in color from white to black, onyx has long been held to have protective 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 Onyx Bracelets
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I love this bracelet, it is pretty as well as has a meaning that I really like, Tigers Eye, read about! I recomment this bracelet.
This bracelet is lovely. The stones are faceted which gives them a nice sparkle and they are good size. It is really gorgeous.
Very Unique Bracelet
This is such a pretty cuff. I have a small wrist and the fit is perfect! Great quality and this goes with everything! I really enjoy wearing this!
Asmara Putra Handcrafted sterling silver and gemstone jewelry
"My father always suggested that I live a simple and humble life because life is not only for the present day, but also for a bright future."
I've watched him and my mother craft silver jewelry ever since I was a boy. When I was in junior... read more
Popular Onyx Bracelets
Green and Black Onyx Hand-braided Shambhala-style Bracelet, "Protective Tranquility"
Rituu honors Buddhist meditation practices with the design of this bracelet. Meaning "bliss" in Sanskrit, the Shambhala-style bracelet symbolizes tranquility, peace and happiness – the oneness of all. Rituu expertly knots the cotton bracelet by hand with macramé techniques and crowns it with black and enhanced onyx, believed to protect against negativity.
Tiger's Eye and Onyx Beaded Stretch Bracelet from Bali, "Batuan Renaissance"
Bold beads of dyed black onyx and intricate tiger's eye stone are punctuated by sterling silver vine motifs, circling the wrist in this stretch bracelet. Bali's Asmara Putra designs it. The bracelet is named Batuan, after a road that runs through the Balinese town of Gianyar, where stands the famous Purah Batuan temple.
Multi-Gemstone Beaded Cord Bracelet with Karen Silver, "Rainbow Sunset"
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.
Balinese Style Pendant Bracelet with Onyx and Garnet, "Royal Presence"
Sumptuous details worthy of a queen distinguish this original pendant bracelet from Buana in Bali. A sleek cabochon of black onyx centers the design, flanked by petite oval cabochons of natural garnet. The gemstones are set in ornate and substantial settings of sterling silver, lavished with the bubble and wire motifs traditional in Balinese jewelry design. Naga-style chain encircles the wrist to complete the design, and the bracelet is secured by a sterling silver toggle clasp.