Glass Necklaces(165 items)
Welcome to our Glass 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 Glass Necklaces
I bought this as a birthday gift for a dear friend who appreciates handmade funky jewelry. She absolutely loved the design, color, and chic simplicity of the necklace. It is very well and beautifully made. The added bonus is that my purchase was at a free trade price and helped to support an artisan in a developing country. This is just one of many purchases Ive made through Novica. Ive never been disappointed by the price, quality, and uniqueness of any item purchased.
Gorgeous and artistic!
I needed a perfect gift for my beloved daughter-in-laws graduation and this magnificent necklace was absolutely the right choice. I looked at many websites searching for a piece of Roman glass set in a necklace - and this was by far the best piece of this type of the many I looked at. Not only that - it was less expensive than other Roman glass jewelry offerings.
First, so sorry I took SO LONG to write this review--life just gets in the way sometimes! So very, very pleased with this amazing pendant--so beautifully crafted with multiple layers. This artist is mega talented and Ive ordered from this person before and will continue to do so. What I especially appreciate is the fact that this item was not available when I first tried to order it. But, after I requested to be notified when this pendant was available again, I received an alert a few weeks later that it indeed was available again. That has not been my experience with other companies. So I ordered the pendant and it was very worth the not so long wait until it became available again. Thank you, thank you for continuing to share your magnificent talents and thank you, Novica, for being the kind of great company you are!
Silvana and João Alexandre Handcrafted art glass jewelry
"Our inspiration comes from nature, from beauty, from people, from experience but, above all, from the will to do and live from art."
They were born in Rio Grande do Sul... read more
Popular Glass Necklaces
Blue Glass and Leather Pendant Necklace from Brazil, "Circular Modernity in Blue"$44.99
For a modern aesthetic, this pendant necklace features two simple circles of dark and light blue. Brazilian duo Silvana and João Alexandre create this necklace, handcrafting the pendants from glass. They center leather cord.
Black and White Glass and Leather Pendant Necklace, "Circular Modernity"$44.99
For a modern aesthetic, this pendant necklace features two simple circles of black and white. Brazilian duo Silvana and João Alexandre create this necklace, handcrafting the pendants from glass. They center leather cord.
Fused Glass and Leather Necklace, "Pieces of the Sea"
Artisan couple Silvana and João Alexandre in Brazil create this beautiful long pendant necklace, combining complementary materials for a fantastic result. Pieces of fused glass in azure and sea green are attached to tan leather to create the pendant, which centers a long brown leather cord.