Inspirational Necklaces(86 items)
Welcome to our Inspirational 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 Inspirational Necklaces
One of my favorites!!
I wear this all the time. I love the weight of it and the intensely smooth back of the charm. I get many compliments on it but mostly I love the way I feel when I wear it. The materials and workmanship are outstanding. The stones are uniform and a lovely blue color.
I wear it every day.
This necklace is a sweet size and fits above my moonstone pendant necklace, so that I may wear both. I was drawn to rose quartz for its protective energy and the love dangle is simply a bonus and evidence of intention. The product is well made, arrived quickly and was a fair price.
Absolutely beautiful ??
There is so much obvious attention to detail in this necklace. It is very well made and even more beautiful than in pictures.
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 Inspirational Necklaces
Irish Claddagh Necklace, "Claddagh"$98.99
The Irish claddagh, dating back to 16th-century County Galway, is a pair of clasped hands holding a crowned heart that symbolizes love, friendship, and loyalty. Here the claddagh is stamped into a sterling silver circle, symbolic of everlasting life, and paired with beautifully faceted kelly green Swarovski crystal briolettes. The sentiment is at once universal and uniquely Irish. The necklace also features the words 'love,' 'friendship,'and 'loyalty.'
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.
Hand Crafted Taxco Silver Pendant Necklace, "Maya Infinity"
The symbol of infinity shines resplendent in a handcrafted sterling silver necklace from Mexico. "Lately I've been inspired by the prophecies of the ancient Mayas to design a collection of conceptual jewelry. That is, through my designs I would like to share with you such concepts as love, hope, light, balance, freedom and the infinite as understood by the Mayas," explains Oscar Figueroa.
.925 Sterling silver
Leather Cord Necklace with Bone Tree of Life Pendant, "Sacred Tree"$19.99
This exquisitely detailed pendant necklace is from Made Wardika in Bali. The Tree of Life 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.