Cord Necklaces(413 items)
Discover NOVICA's Cord Necklaces Collection. Our cord necklaces showcase the incredible diversity of this style of jewelry. You'll find jade pendants strung on leather, silver strung on cotton and dozens of other unique designs, handcrafted by artisans from around the world.
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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 Cord Necklaces
Amethyst pendant necklace
Absolutely beautiful...Pendant is very well made and shows nicely. I have received many compliments and recommended you to several people.
Another great pendant from this artist!
Beautiful, large sugar skull pendant! That quality and detail is great. I also have the stylized jaguar from this artist. (Not a great fan of the rubber necklace, but plan to wear the pendant on a sterling chain or black leather.). Highly recommend!
Ketut Sulastri Handcrafted sterling silver and gemstone jewelry
"Many of my designs are inspired by traditional Balinese arts and crafts combined with the current jewelry trends."
Popular Cord Necklaces
Octopus Pendant Necklace Hand Carved of Cow Bone, "Bali Octopus"$25.99
This exquisitely detailed pendant necklace is from Made Wardika in Bali. The octopus pendant is carved by hand from cow bone and stained with tea to give it an aged, antique appearance. It centers a dark brown leather cord of adjustable length.
Jade Yin Yang on Black Cotton Necklace Crafted by Hand, "Yin Yang"$49.99
Representing the complement of opposites, the symbol is expertly etched on a medallion of dark green jade. The pendant is worn on a handcrafted black cotton necklace. "This pendant represents the fact that there can be good and bad things that happen in our lives, and that there is always hope," explains Guatemalan Jorge Lopez.
Please note: The etched image may fade somewhat over time, as a result of absorbing body oils and/or skincare products. Simply wash the pendant with soap and water and let it dry to refresh the design again.
Pearl and Sterling Silver Pendant on Silk Necklace, "Blue Octopus"$99.99
Denizen of the sea's depth, this extraordinary octopus captivates with the blue iridescence of a Mabe pearl. As a water creature, the octopus is associated with the psyche, intuition and emotion. From Rosalia Tarigan, the octopus pendant is crafted of sterling silver with amazing detail and is worn on a black braided silk cord.
.925 Sterling silver
Owl and Moon Bone Pendant Necklace Handmade in Bali, "Magic Night"$19.99
This enchanting pendant necklace is from Made Wardika in Bali. The pendant, which depicts an owl perched on a crescent moon, is carved by hand from cow bone with great detail. It centers a dark brown leather cord of adjustable length.