Unakite Bracelets(40 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Unakite 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 Unakite Bracelets
I have three of these bracelets so I gave this one to my daughter. She loves it and values that it is handmade. The workmanship is well done.
Nice bracelets! They are unique and so lovely. I have purchased six different bracelets from this artist. Always pleased with my purchase!
Shimmery peridot popping out of solid unakite base
I looked at the necklace and bracelet of this set for a long while before deciding to purchase the necklace first. I liked it so much I added the bracelet, but the bracelet confused me for awhile once I got it. The way it was folded in the small bag made me think the outer side was meant to be the top surface, and the peridot stones on that side were just not as noticeable as shown on the website. It was not until I looked at the underside of the wrap that I realized that that side was really the top. So the bracelet really does appear as it shows in the online pictures with a string of peridot weaving its way through the unakite. The overall effect of this set is very natural and earthy with a bit of shimmer popping out from the lime green peridots. It is very well made and is consistent in quality with the other jewelry that I have ordered from this artist.
Tiraphan Hasub Handcrafted jewelry
"I believe many women think like me, and that's what inspired me to create jewelry that is original."
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Popular Unakite Bracelets
Carnelian and Unakite Beaded Bracelet, "Carnival in Orange"$25.99
Wrap your wrist in bright beads and shining brass with this charming beaded bracelet from Thailand's Tiraphan Hasub. The artisan strings carnelian, unakite, and brass beads along two strands of dark brown polyester cord that fasten with an adjustable button clasp.
Unakite and Karen Silver Beaded Bracelet from Thailand, "Karen Nature"$25.99
Capturing the beauty of nature, beads of unakite circle the wrist. Siranya designs this Thai bracelet, which is accented by a geometric bead of Karen hill tribe silver at the center. Round and curved beads of sterling silver further decorate this bracelet. A silver spiral charm dangles from the clasp.
Unakite And Green Jade Beaded Bracelet From Mexico, "Mayan Visions"$54.99
Bring the powers of vision, balance, and groundedness into your life. Victoria Zurdo handcrafts this bracelet with a combination of dark green jade and unakite beads. A 100% leather tassel pendant adds movement and a contrasting texture to the piece. She finishes it with a high-quality 925 sterling silver toggle clasp. Victoria learned the art of working with gems from her father. Throughout her life, she has continued with the craft that she learned as a young girl and has expanded her talents into making clothing and accessories.
Handcrafted Multi Gem Beaded Wrap Bracelet, "Ice Forest"$69.99
A silver Om of hill tribe origin brings to a close this handcrafted bracelet by Siriporn. She contrasts white quartz with unakite globes as she crafts the bracelet by hand with light green cords. Featuring three dolomite globes near the clasp, the bracelet fastens at one of two lengths.