Ceramic Necklaces(186 items)
Welcome to our Ceramic Necklace Collection, each piece crafted by NOVICA artisans who carry on ancestral traditions in contemporary designs.
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Handmade necklaces are incomparable works of wearable art. Each one is unique in shape, color, size and design. Artisans from across the globe offer their own distinctive style of craftsmanship. In India, the vibrant colored gemstones have become a signature fashion statement. Balinese jewelry is characterized by ornate sterling tendrils set with tiny silver spheres. In Brazil, womens necklaces are often sleek and contemporary, with gemstones chosen for their particular energies. Many jewelry designs from Bali and Central America feature hand-knotted macram, such as that used in Guatemalas popular friendship bracelets. Handmade finishes may show variations in metal patterns. No two natural gemstones share the same characteristics. Each necklace holds its own individualistic sense of beauty, making it evident that it was crafted by hand. Some even bear the artisans signature.
Sustainable necklaces are designed with reusable materials, and each culture makes use of the objects and materials most readily at hand. For example, many Andean, Central American and Thai artists use repurposed wood. West African artisans use recycled paper, and beads of recycled glass or plastic. In Thailand, Mexico and Bali, coconut shells are often used. Indian artists sometimes repurpose silk from saris. And Brazilian artists collect discarded zippers and soda pop-tops to crochet into stunning, eco-friendly designs.
Many artisans the world over work in lost wax. They sculpt the image they want in wax, encase it in a mold, and pour molten silver or gold into it. The wax melts and flows out, leaving only the precious metal. However some artisans in Peru specialize in handmade silver and gold filigree, and some Balinese necklaces feature chains that are handwoven from slender metal strands. Karen hill tribe artisans in Thailand often use manual tools to stamp decorative motifs on fine silver. Other techniques include macram, beaded or gemstone strands, hammered metals, and carved wood or bone.
Precious metals and natural gemstones are the most popular materials for women's necklaces. Silver, gold and brass all provide durability as well as beauty. Artisans also utilize local materials that can include coconut shells, bamboo, bright African print fabrics, ceramic beads, natural amber, carved bone and bull horn. Both Peru and Mexico have rich silver mines and silver is used for traditional jewelry as well as contemporary designs.
Womens necklaces are versatile and come in many styles and lengths. They can be layered or worn alone as a statement piece. Many designs go with everything from jeans to office wear or an evening out on the town. The best thing about jewelry is that its a customizable form of expression that provides a sense of luxury and individuality.
When assessing the workmanship of a necklace, its helpful to pay attention to certain characteristics. For example, quality necklaces are balanced designs that rest comfortably around the neck. Clasps are secure and work well, and gemstones and beads are properly set. The precious metals should be nicely finished, and beads should not be too tightly strung. Well-made necklaces reflect excellent craftsmanship and attractive materials.
Each culture celebrates its rich jewelry-making history through specific symbols and styles. For example, traditional West African beads, which adorn many necklaces from the region, each have a story and a specific occasion when they are worn. Others may feature the Ghanian adinkra symbols, which convey popular wisdom. In ancient Andean civilizations, the leaders apparel and jewelry showed their rank and also incorporated religious symbols. Similarly, necklaces from Bali often depict deities from the Hindu pantheon. In India, a womans jewelry is linked to her status in society and may depict Hindu gods as well as mantra symbols such as the omkara, the root of all sounds and the emblem of the Most High. Angel necklaces and harmony ball necklaces are often worn by pregnant women in Bali and in Mexico. The pendant makes a delicate bell sound, thought to soothe the mother and the baby she is carrying. Some believe it summons a guardian angel, thus making it a symbol of loving protection.
Featured Reviews on Ceramic Necklaces
Ive collected a few pieces by Dina over the past year, and they are always absolutely lovely and unique. The colors on this necklace are vibrant and it makes such a lovely statement. I cant wait to collect more from her.
Cant Wait until my partner wears it!
As soon as this piece arrived my wife put it on and we both loved it. Simple yet bright, original yet not showy. Thank you so much to Ila for making such a special necklace!
Napat Chotpruekchookul Handcrafted ceramic jewelry
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Popular Ceramic Necklaces
Rectangular Ceramic Pendant Necklace from Brazil, "Rectangular Labyrinth"$19.99
Handcrafted from ceramic, a rectangular pendant is detailed with intricate labyrinth motifs. Brazilian artisan Cida Matos creates this stunning statement necklace, crafted with a suede ribbon that connects the pendant to the cord. Polyester cord encircles the neck, and an adjustable sliding knot is accentuated by imbuia wood beads.
Triangle Pattern Ceramic Pendant Necklace from Brazil, "Triangle Labyrinth"$19.99
Handcrafted from ceramic, a square pendant is detailed with triangular labyrinth motifs. Brazilian artisan Cida Matos creates this stunning statement necklace, crafted with a suede ribbon that connects the pendant to the cord. Polyester cord encircles the neck, and an adjustable sliding knot is accentuated by imbuia wood beads.
Ceramic Pendant Necklace with Multicolored Sun from Peru, "Sun of Many Colors"$19.99
Evoking the sun whose worship affected many aspects of life for the Incas is this hand painted ceramic pendant from Peruvian artisan Dina. Sun rays in red, turquoise, yellow, and purple stream out from the center of the doughnut-shaped pendant which is also decorated with a ring filled with fretwork. Suspended from nylon cord, the divine pendant is topped with a tubular bead in light green.
Hand Painted Blue Multicolored Ceramic Pendant Necklace, "Garden of the Sun"$19.99
Drawing on the rich imagery left behind in Incan architecture and works of art, Peruvian artisan Dina designs the handcrafted ceramic pendant of this intriguing necklace. Symbols in red, yellow, purple and green are hand painted on a gorgeous blue background; a lined tubular bead in similar colors sits atop the pendant which hangs from nylon cord.