Owl Necklaces(23 items)
Welcome to our Owl 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 Owl Necklaces
The owl jewelry collector will love this!
This is a perfect addition to other owl jewelry pieces. Every one is always beautifully done and a treasure! A birthday surprise!
Lovely Mama Owl
This pendant is so cute! It is a very nice size and the silver work is beautiful with the marcasite details. Even the bail has intricate design work on it. It comes with a very nice chain. If this item is still available I will probably order another one to send to a friend who loves owls. I couldnt be more pleased with this purchase.
This is very finely detailed! My grandmother loved owls, and I bought this to remind me of her. I will cherish it.
Made Wardika Carved bone and leather jewelry
"My designs are inspired by the rich cultures and art of Bali traditions."
I'm the second of three children and, due to my family's economic situation, I started working when I was 11 years old to pay for school.... read more
Popular Owl Necklaces
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.
Bone Sterling Silver Amethyst Pendant Necklace Indonesia, "Nighttime Owl"$49.99
This amazing pendant necklace features a handcrafted design by Indonesia's Made Wardika. The shape of an owl is carved into a medallion of bone, surrounded by sterling silver motifs and topped with an amethyst stone of over one carat. Hanging from a leather cord, this pendant captures the magnificent beauty of a forest during the nighttime.
Sterling Silver Owl Necklace with Garnet and Marcasite, "Mother Owl with Owlet"$59.99
An owl with bright garnet eyes comes to life in sterling silver. Set with faceted marcasite, the wise little bird adorns a necklace by Narinee in Thailand. A tiny owlet perches in front of the protective mother bird.