Metal Bracelets(35 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Metal Bracelet Collection that NOVICA artisans have crafted for you:
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Artisans the world over utilize the natural materials at their disposal to create beautiful, sustainable jewelry. Wood, bamboo and dried gourds. Coconut shells, rattan and terra-cotta. Even natural grasses lend themselves to a jewelers creativity while art glass beads and pendants can be made from discarded bottles. Some artisans reclaim precious silver from photographic negatives. Colorful magazine pages can become tightly-rolled beads protected by a coat of varnish. Always creative, artists craft their bracelets out of innovative, eco-conscious materials.
Handmade womens bracelets each have their own unique characteristics. Color, texture, size and design all vary. Often, the technique alone will tell you, for example, hand-knotted, braided or woven bracelets. Leather bracelets with cutout motifs or embossing are usually crafted by hand.Thai jewelry by Karen silversmiths shows hand-stamped geometric or floral motifs and beads are usually made of fine silver, which is more malleable than sterling. Similarly, filigree jewelry is a meticulous handcrafted process. Most bracelets with natural, sustainable or recycled materials are handmade. Even some of the most sophisticated and modern gold and silver may be signed by the artist who made it.The most common indicator that a bracelet is handmade is the detailed and intricate design. Novica artisans demonstrate their techniques in the many videos on www.novica.com youll find the links on their product descriptions and also on the artisan bio page.
Traditional bracelet-making techniques have been passed down over generations around the world. Womens bracelets in gold and silver are usually crafted with the lost wax technique. The image is sculpted in wax and enveloped in a mold materia. As molten gold or silver is poured into the mold, the wax image melts and the metal takes its place. However coiling fine strands of metal results in Andean filigree jewelry. Balinese artistry applies polished spirals and tendrils as well as tiny globes known as jawan to sleek silver jewelry. And a few contemporary artisans even weave or crochet the slender silver strands.Jade was highly prized by the Maya and still has an important place in modern Guatemalan jewelry. Amber from the rich mines in southern Mexico adorns the womens bracelets, necklaces, and earrings of the area. Macrame and beading are popular everywhere for boho style. And West Africas handmade beadwork is renowned the world over.
Womens bracelets carried immense cultural significance in ancient times and they still do. In Perus pre-Hispanic societies, gold represented the sun, and jewelry indicated social status and identity, as it also did among the Maya of Mexico and Central America. In India, bangles or kangans showed a woman was married and are a part of the 16 adornments customarily worn by a Hindu bride. Traditional West African beads are a sign of cultural identity. Each one has a meaning and tells a story.Today, womens bracelets are still culturally significant. In India, jewelry often depicts religious symbols and meditative mantras. Balinese bracelets may also depict dragons, thought to be the protectors of the gods, or the Hindu Barong deity, also a protection symbol. Motifs stamped into Karen hill tribe silver encourage living in harmony with nature. The hand-knotted bracelets of Guatemala symbolize friendship but evolved from a silent protest for loved ones missing during the countrys armed conflict. Today, friends each tie a bracelet on the others arm and make a wish. The bracelet is worn until it wears out and falls off so the wish will come true.
Silver, gold, brass and copper have been popular for thousands of years and are often set with colorful gemstones. Artisans in different regions of the world take advantage of unique local resources, such as Brazilian golden grass, leather and coconut shell from Thailand, and carved bone jewelry from Bali. Intricate openwork carving, known as jali, can be seen in bangles from India. West Africa has a long tradition of beadwork, with beautiful beads made from recycled glass and even plastic becoming popular in recent years.
Featured Reviews on Metal Bracelets
My son loved it!
My son has a pretty good collection of this style bracelet and he loved this one as a new addition. He has been wearing it since Christmas!
Put them on and never take them off
These glass beaded macrame bracelets are beautiful, yet rugged. I am constantly outdoors, running, biking, hiking, camping and gardening and I never take these well made bracelets off. They are also coated with wax, so they dont become frayed or break down. I shower and swim with them on. Thank you, artists, for doing an incredible job, making something I can enjoy forever.
A gift for my friend
I bought a set of these bracelets for myself and also for my neighbor who is a very good friend of mine. She loves these bracelets, just like I do. These bracelets come in many different colors so you can pick a set that match the preference of the person you are buying for. I wear mine day and night, never taking them off. They will last for many years.
Wakami Beaded macrame bracelets
"In our group, we believe that our individual dreams are powerful and that collective dreams are unstoppable."
She graduated with a degree in biology, then won a scholarship to study agriculture in New York. When she graduated, she returned to Guatemala to launch the social-benefit... read more
Popular Metal Bracelets
Neutral Tones Macrame Bracelets from Guatemala (Set of 3), "Highland Elements"$39.99
Wakami is an artisan collective whose work benefits over 500 Guatemalan women and their families. This bohemian-cool unisex bracelet set is crafted with macrame techniques, and each of the 3 bracelets is different. In tones of black, brown, grey-green and white, the bracelets incorporate braided waxed cord along with metal accents, leather, and beads of white howlite. Two of the bracelets have clasps (one with a hook and one with a button clasp), and the third bracelet features a sliding knot for an adjustable length.
Lapis Lazuli and Leather Bracelets from Guatemala (Set of 4), "Boho Friends"$44.99
Perfect for sharing with friends, this set of four bohemian bracelets is presented by Wakami as part of an effort to promote rural Guatemalan handicrafts. Two bracelets are hand-knotted from blue nylon cord, and a third bracelet is crafted from nylon and leather with metal accents. The fourth bracelet circles the wrist with blue lapis lazuli and metal beads. Three bracelets are non-adjustable, while the beaded bracelet features an adjustable sliding knot.
Colorful Beaded Quartz and Glass Bracelet on Nylon Cords, "Happy Chic in Cherry Pink"$9.99
Fashion should be fun, and the irresistibly cheerful colors in this beaded bracelet make it so. NOVICA Thailand Market Picks presents a pretty bracelet crafted of dyed cherry quartz and iridescent glass beads, complemented by gleaming zinc alloy beads that are knotted on cream nylon cords.