Statement Necklaces(252 items)
Welcome to our Statement 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 Statement Necklaces
This has got to be one of the most beautiful necklaces I have ever seen. The artistry and skill gone into making this beautiful piece is amazing. This stunning necklace has to be seen in person to behold its incredible bouquet of garden flowers. Youll be captivated by its charm.
I bought this as a birthday gift for a dear friend who appreciates handmade funky jewelry. She absolutely loved the design, color, and chic simplicity of the necklace. It is very well and beautifully made. The added bonus is that my purchase was at a free trade price and helped to support an artisan in a developing country. This is just one of many purchases Ive made through Novica. Ive never been disappointed by the price, quality, and uniqueness of any item purchased.
So intricately Stunning
This is very different than my usual choice in jewelry. It truly makes a statement. I have received many compliments when wearing.
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Popular Statement Necklaces
Wood Pendant Necklace with Intricate Line Motifs, "Intricate Lines"$19.99
Hand-carved from cuieira wood with intricate line patterns, a double pendant dangles from the center of this necklace from Brazil. Designed by Cida Matos, this accessory adorns the wearer with several strands of black cord. Black cedar wood beads dangle from the adjustable sliding knot.
Floral Multi-Gemstone Beaded Statement Necklace, "Lavender Garden"
Showcasing lavender hues, quartz and rose quartz petals combine with beads of amethyst, quartz, and glass to create the floral composition at the center of this statement necklace from Thailand. Nareerat creates this accessory, crafted with steel wire and silver plated brass.
Black Jade Pendant Necklace from Guatemala, "Warrior K'abel in Black"$194.99
This majestic design comes from the Jimenez Family in honor of K'abel, queen of the Maya. The pendant necklace is hand crafted with seven tubular pendants in different sizes of black jade linked together with sterling silver. The Jimenez Family obtains the jade from Sierra de las Minas, in Guatemala.
K'abel was a renowned warrior queen whose tomb was found in 2012 in the Maya city of El Peru-Waká, in northwestern Petén, Guatemala. Considered one of the greatest of Maya rulers, K'abel was a military governor of the Wak Kingdom who ruled for at least 20 years with her husband, King K'inich Bahlam. She carried the title of supreme warrior or Kalomt'e, which placed her in a higher position of authority, over her husband.