Onyx Necklace(182 items)
Discover NOVICA's Onyx Necklace Collection, handcrafted by artisans from around the world. Ranging in color from white to black, onyx has long been held to have protective powers.
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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 Onyx Necklace
This pendant is beautiful and I love the contrast between the black onyx and the silver. Im year of the monkey so I just had to have this. Also larger than I was expecting and looks like such a statement piece when I wear it!
Unique, modern geometric necklace
This modern necklace is so unique and fun to wear for everyday use. I love the different silver rectangles with the black onyx beads design. I wear a lot of black and greys in the winter, so it was a great Valentines gift to wear often. Its much better in person than in the photo. Its not large but noticeable and a conversation starter. I got many compliments when wearing it. I just wish that the artist offered some similar dangle earring to wear with it. But I got some silver and black onyx earrings from other Latin American artists that work well with it, even though theyre not the exact match. I am discovering new artists from South American that have very interesting modern designs. The price of this necklace is reasonable, and it looks much more expensive that what you would pay for at an expensive jewelry store with more modern designs. I like the fact that by buying from Novica we are helping good artisans around the world to build their business and help their community.
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 Onyx Necklace
Silver and Black Enamel Harmony Ball Necklace with Onyx, "Happy Chime"$139.99
Crowned with onyx, a sterling silver sphere hosts a sleek black enameled globe inside. It chimes like a small bell. Ketut Sulastri crafts the necklace by hand with polished sterling spheres along the silver chain.
Also called "angel necklaces" and "harmony balls," Such necklaces are often worn by pregnant women in Bali and also in Mexico. The chain lets the pendant reach to the belly and the delicate sounds are 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.
Black Onyx and Black Cord Pendant Necklace Handmade in Bali, "Rise and Fall in Black"
Beautifully elegant, an ornate sterling silver triangular pendant takes center stage with beautiful beads of onyx dangling gracefully beneath the intricate openwork. More dainty black onyx beads are strung expertly by hand, decorating the long black nylon cord and completing the eye-catching design by Balinese artisan Ketut Sulastri.
The Onyx Necklace
Jewelry is prized as much for its beauty and craftsmanship as for the inherent value of its materials. The necklace is a perennial favorite that appears in an infinity of styles. Silver is often preferred for onyx necklaces, and the stone adds drama to chokers, gemstone strands and even the men's necklace. Lockets hold keepsakes while a cross pendant is an expression of faith.
Novica features exceptional onyx necklaces from undiscovered artisans around the globe. Many of these artisans are passing down centuries old traditions. Our onyx necklace collection features caramel, carnelian and red-brown sardonyx tones in addition to classic black, and are crafted primarily in sterling silver with onyx accents. We hope you enjoy them all!