Gold Necklaces(442 items)
Explore NOVICA's Gold Necklaces Collection. Discover unique designs, handcrafted by global artisans. From delicate pendants to beautifully embellished statement necklaces, you will find traditional and contemporary styles designed to delight those seeking the handmade and different in this most precious of metals.
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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 Gold Necklaces
Being worn more than I expected
This necklace works beautifully over long sleeved sweaters or around a collared shirt. Its quite light weight, but the blue stone and wired butterflies draw enough attention to make a notable statement.
Dainty and Delightful
A petite necklace perfect for a little girl or a woman who wants a small delicate piece that can be worn separately, or as part of a layered look due to length.
This is the most gorgeous necklace I ve seen. Absolutely took my breath away. The prasiolite with the silver is just so graceful. Well priced as well. Thank you for this treasure I will really treasure this forever. Please please make matching earrings for this necklace.
Giuliana Valz-Gen Silver filigree jewelry
"In a way, my work deals with the richness of nature. My motivation comes from a desire to complement female beauty with my designs, which are infused with Peruvian artistry."
“I am Giuliana Valz Gen Rivera. If my friends and close family had to describe me, I am more than sure they would say that I am a staunch and fair woman, a woman impatient with what I hope to achieve both personally and professionally.
“Since I was a... read more
Popular Gold Necklaces
Mixed Finish Sterling and Gold Plated Necklaces (Set of 3), "Glamorous Medley"$99.95
Change up your look in an instant with this stylish set of three chain necklaces by Giuliana Valz-Gen in Peru. The popcorn-style box chains are presented in three different finishes — polished sterling silver, "burnt" or oxidized silver, and 21k yellow gold plated silver. They close with spring ring clasps.
Gold Vermeil Moonstone Necklace Handcrafted in India, "Misty Garland"
Designer Alok Jain conjures a breath-taking, romantic necklace out of 22k gold plated sterling silver. The cabochon moonstones shimmer elegantly and encircle the neck gracefully in the stunning design, demonstrating why it is known as the gem of tranquility.
Gold Plated Sterling Silver Clam Shell Pendant Necklace, "Seashells"$129.95
Gleaming in the light, two seashells are crafted from sterling silver, bathed in 18k gold. Balinese artisan Ari Gunawan creates this necklace, which circles the wearer with two lengths of gold plated rolo chain. The clam shells form the pendants.
Gold Accented Natural Flower Pendant Necklace in Purple, "Bougainvillea Love in Purple"$23.99
Showcasing a regal purple hue, a petal from the lovely bougainvillea flower is framed in 22k gold. Danai presents this nature-inspired pendant necklace from Thailand. The floral pendant is encased in gleaming resin to preserve its beauty. This necklace circles the wearer with Cuban link chain of 22k gold plated brass.
The Gold Necklace
Gold is soft, malleable and very beautiful. It has been prized since prehistoric times and was used for ornaments or jewelry. Pure gold is yellow, however white gold, an alloy that resembles silver or platinum, is also used in fine jewelry.
Novica artisans transform the precious metal for our Gold Necklace Gallery. Peru's Giuliana Valz-Gen creates exquisite silver bracelets and necklaces in filigree, covering them in gleaming gold. Accents in gold leaf adorn Gerard Terrien's designs, and Thailand's Danai combines natural flowers with gold and silver. Brazil's Claudio Bravo adds gold details to bracelets and necklaces woven from native buriti palm.
Gold vermeil refers to sterling silver bathed in gleaming gold, and it is a favorite medium for designers from around the world. Gold plated jewelry may host precious stones to become a warm carnelian necklace or a unique brooch. We hope you enjoy exploring our collection of Gold Necklaces from around the world!