Sun and Moon Necklaces(79 items)
Welcome to our Sun and Moon 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 Sun and Moon Necklaces
Over the Moon
I love this delicate, elegant necklace and have received lots of compliments on it. Its exactly as pictured. Simple, but beautiful, and unlike any other piece I own. Very happy with my purchase!
Not only was I in love with this piece when I received it, but I get so many compliments on it. The size is more than I wished for and I have had it a year now and it has aged perfectly an adds more to it. I have ordered more things and everything has come quickly. NOVICA is now really the only place I order from now.
I have purchased many pieces by Made Wardika, but I think this is my favorite. The silver workmanship is exquisite, and the serene moon faces will inspire the Goddess in any woman..
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 Sun and Moon Necklaces
Handmade 925 Sterling Silver Garnet Cat Pendant Necklace, "Kitty's Night"
The alley cat does her best to stay in the shadows. Contending with other night creatures, the feline also prefers to be neither seen nor heard. No wonder they call them "cat burglars!" The nocturnal nature of the notorious alley prowler is captured in beautiful detail by Balinese artisan Made Wardika. The circular pendant features a smiling crescent-moon, hand-carved from bone, with a cat of sterling silver sitting beside it. A pair of faceted garnet gemstones flank them, while the top and bottom are adorned with amethyst and peridot gems. The entire necklace receives a combination of oxidized and high-polish finishes for stunning visual contrast.
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.
Peridot and Garnet Moon Pendant Necklace from Bali, "Moon Ancestor"
In a fantastic design, two crescent moons lovingly caress the full moon, carefully hand-carved from a single piece of natural bone. Balinese artisan Made Wardika creates this pendant necklace, which features handcrafted designs in sterling silver. Sparkling peridot and garnet gems accentuate the pendant, centering a length of sterling chain.