Wristband Bracelet Collection(1,207 items)
Discover NOVICA's Wristband Bracelet Collection for men and women; unique designs handcrafted by global artisans in a rich array of materials.
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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 Wristband Bracelet Collection
I have lots of amber jewelry, and I figured it was only fair that my husband had some too! This is very attractive - nice hunk of amber with some inclusions, and a finely-woven bracelet. My hub has a smallish wrist, and it looks perfect of him - or maybe even on me!
By Mima LF
Superb and high-quality
Superb craftmanship, high-quality all over. Elegant but also very versatile - I wore it even on everyday outings. Can dress up any outfit. Super-easy to put on and take off by myself. All in all, love this artists jewelry, and this one more than all I have now.
Gifted this stunning leather bracelet to a friend
I bought this gorgeous leather and silver bracelet as a birthday gift for my friend in Australia. I paid so little for a piece that looks incredibly expensive! He took photos of the bracelet and the amazing gift bag and box in which it arrived which - to me - was a special touch. The bracelet was a bit large which his jeweler easily fixed. Of the thousands of jewelry choices for men, this seemed perfect for him whether he wore jeans or suits. I have purchased several NOVICA gifts for friends and myself because they never disappoint and I earned rewards for each purchase! Each purchase contains a card describing the artist and the story behind the craftsmanship of the item. NOVICA broke my Amazon gift buying habit. Sending gifts with 100% confidence the recipients will love the uniqueness is liberating.
Wakami Beaded macrame bracelets
"In our group, we believe that our individual dreams are powerful and that collective dreams are unstoppable."
She graduated with a degree in biology, then won a scholarship to study agriculture in New York. When she graduated, she returned to Guatemala to launch the social-benefit... read more
Popular Wristband Bracelet Collection
Sky Blue Beaded Bracelet from Guatemala, "Solola Sky"$59.99
Dreamy sky blues meet earthy brown and grey in this bracelet from Guatemala's Weaving Hands of Atitlan. The artisans string assorted glass beads on light brown nylon cords to create the bracelet, which is secured with a pewter button clasp.
Beaded Bracelet with Calcite Peace and Love Sign, "Berry Loving Peace"$9.99
From light pink to purple and blue, colorful beads surrounds the iconic peace and love sign that centers this bracelet. From Thailand, the wristband is crafted by hand with white calcite at the center of this dark brown bracelet. The bracelet fastens to the desired length.
Silvery Beaded Wristband Bracelet from Guatemala, "Silver Reflection"$79.95
This gorgeous wristband bracelet is crafted by the Weaving Hands of Atitlan, a group of female artisans in Guatemala. The artisans thread assorted sizes and shapes of silvery and clear glass beads on multiple rows of sand-colored nylon cords. The bracelet is secured by a pewter button.
Neutral Tones Macrame Bracelets from Guatemala (Set of 3), "Highland Elements"$39.99
Wakami is an artisan collective whose work benefits over 500 Guatemalan women and their families. This bohemian-cool unisex bracelet set is crafted with macrame techniques, and each of the 3 bracelets is different. In tones of black, brown, grey-green and white, the bracelets incorporate braided waxed cord along with metal accents, leather, and beads of white howlite. Two of the bracelets have clasps (one with a hook and one with a button clasp), and the third bracelet features a sliding knot for an adjustable length.