Star Necklaces(58 items)
Welcome to our Star Necklace Collection, each piece crafted by NOVICA artisans who carry on ancestral traditions in contemporary designs.
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
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 Star Necklaces
Simple but striking
My wife met this vendor in person on a trip during graduate school and loved his work. I was delighted to find that his work is now available online, and it made a perfect gift for her. The necklace has a satisfying weight and design is well-polished---and is even more charming in person than in photos. Highly recommended.
A special gift
Its more even more beautiful than in the photo. The colors are vibrant and it lays nicely across the collar bone when worn. It took me a long time to find a Huichol necklace that was narrow at the neck with a medium width pendant, the wide ones are too big for a petite woman. You want to wear a necklace... you dont want a necklace wearing you! This Starry Huichol necklace is perfect!
Very pretty, delicate but not tiny
I love this, simple but substantial. I put it on a longer chain (24) and I may add some other celestial themed charms with it in the future.
Popular Star Necklaces
Dried Gourd Statement Necklace, "Double Stars"$19.99
Incorporating natural elements into her jewelry pieces, artisan Cida Matos in Brazil creates this original statement necklace. The long pendant is dried calabash gourd that has been hand carved with detailed star motifs. The pendant centers a necklace of multiple beige cords that meet in an adjustable sliding knot. Wooden beads adorn the cord ends.
Hand Carved Moon and Star Necklace in Leather and Bone, "Celtic Moon Star"$19.99
A five-pointed star nestles in the embrace of the crescent moon, engraved with a Celtic knot motif. Realistically carved by hand, the bone pendant graces a necklace by Made Wardika. He colors the carving by soaking it in tea and displays it on a cord of dark brown leather.
Star Theme Hand Crafted Bali Wood Necklace, "My Star of Hope"$17.99
"Every time I look up and see the stars at night, I see there's hope in the future," Made Sumerta says. The artisan from Bhakti Senang Hati works in Balinese sono wood, carving a beautiful star. Worn on a necklace of black cotton cords, the pendant celebrates his unique skill and talent. "As a child, I suffered poliomyelitis, which weakened my legs and I can't go anywhere myself. But I can create something useful and beautiful with my own two hands," the artisan says.
Cultured Pearl Starfish Necklace in Black from Bali, "Galang Starfish in Black"
Centered by a black cultured pearl, a sterling silver starfish spreads its limbs in the pendant of this necklace. Desi Antari designs the necklace, circling the neck on a sterling rope chain. Desi names the necklace a Balinese word that means "shining."