Glass Bead Bracelets(602 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Glass Bead 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 Glass Bead Bracelets
Beautiful Beaded Bracelet
Tiny beads, meticulously assembled. My wife loved it and has actually chose to wear it as a pendant and it looks great.
I have worn it every day
This is such a lovely, effortless bracelet to wear! Its even prettier in person. The clasp was something I worried about when ordering...but it works great. Well designed and beautifully made!
Just Lovely...and Unique
I was looking for something for my daughter-in-law (and her husband) for Christmas. They love to wear the same things, and they had this incredible design for both male and female, so I bought them both. They used to travel a lot (pre-Covid) and the meaning behind this design really meant a lot to me and to them. A very unusual and meaningful gift. They LOVED the design and the meaning behind it. Beautiful piece, you will not be disappointed! Shipped quickly which was also unusual being it was Christime time.
Popular Glass Bead Bracelets
Bracelet with White Cultured Freshwater Pearls, "Pure Snow"$29.99
Glowing with the purity of newly-fallen snow, clusters of white cultured pearls become a bracelet from Sasina in Thailand. The artisan adds clear glass beads for sparkle, and completes the bracelet with a sterling silver plated brass clasp and extender chain.
Aventurine Beaded Wrap Bracelet in Peach from Guatemala, "Mayan Architecture"$37.99
With inspiration from Mayan art and architecture, Cristobal Ramirez of Guatemala designs a marvelous wrap bracelet. A beautiful array of aventurine and glass beads in peach and earth tones are carefully strung by hand between two lengths of nylon cord that wrap the wrist, closing with an aventurine button. Says the artisan, "Mayan architecture is a precious thing. Combining different forms and sizes, it is something precious to admire. It is incredible to think that our ancestors achieved magnificent works without imagining that today they would be the treasure of our country."
Colorful Glass Beaded Wrap Bracelet from Guatemala, "Winds of Atitlan"$37.99
Petite glass beads of varying shapes create a colorful composition that wraps the wrist. Guatemalan artisan Cristobal Ramirez designs this beautiful wrap bracelet, using two lengths of chestnut cord to host the beads, and securing it with a button clasp. This stunning accessory is named after Lake Atitlan, known for its winds.