Sterling Silver Monkey Pendant Necklace from Indonesia
Monkey Charm, Sterling Silver Monkey Pendant Necklace from Indonesia
Size: 20 to 22 inches
Cahya KrisnaAdd a unique flair to your style with this charming monkey pendant necklace. Indonesian artisan Cahya Krisna designs the unisex necklace, which is handmade from sterling silver.$127.99
Artist: Cahya Krisna
Toe Ring in Sterling Silver Thai Artisan Jewelry
Monkey Walk, Toe Ring in Sterling Silver Thai Artisan Jewelry
Size: 2" L (end to end) x 0.2" W
Wadarat SupasirisukA whimsical monkey centers the design of this toe ring from Thailand. Presented by Wadarat Supasirisuk, the sterling silver ring is crafted by hand featuring oxidized contrasts..925 Sterling silver...$27.99
Artist: Wadarat Supasirisuk
925 Sterling Silver Monkey Wrap Ring from Indonesia
Amusing Monkey, 925 Sterling Silver Monkey Wrap Ring from Indonesia
US Ring Size: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Komang WijayanaAn amusing monkey wraps its limbs around the finger, bringing a sprightly charm to the wearer. Crafted of sterling silver by Indonesian artisans, this wrap ring is presented by Komang Wijayana.$69.99
Artist: Komang Wijayana
Sterling Silver Monkey Band Ring from Indonesia
Ape Pose, Sterling Silver Monkey Band Ring from Indonesia
US Ring Size: 5,7,8,9,10,11,12
Nyoman RenaCrafted of sterling silver, a charming ape strikes a pose in this band ring by Indonesia's Nyoman Rena. Add the spirit of the jungle to your wardrobe with this exciting accessory.$47.99
Onyx and Sterling Silver Monkey Pendant Necklace from Bali
Monkey Oasis, Onyx and Sterling Silver Monkey Pendant Necklace from Bali
Size: 18 to 20 inches
RupadanaA monkey gathers fruits, surrounded by a lush jungle crafted of sterling silver. Balinese artisan Rupadana designs this pendant necklace, carving away the silver to reveal an oval stone of deep black...$94.99
Sterling Silver Monkey Drop Earrings from Indonesia
Reposing Monkey, Sterling Silver Monkey Drop Earrings from Indonesia
Length: 0.9" x 0" W x 1.2" D
Nyoman RenaThis pair of drop earrings features a handcrafted design from sterling silver by Indonesia's Nyoman Rena. Reposing monkeys hang from each hook for a fun and whimsical look. The artisan names his...$29.99
18k Gold-Flashed Chandelier Earrings with Nazca Images
Nazca Heritage, 18k Gold-Flashed Chandelier Earrings with Nazca Images
Length: 2.7" x 1" W x 0.1" D
Eda ArroyoImages of two famous Nazca geoglyphs appear on dramatic chandelier earrings by Eda Arroyo. This design conveys the precise, fluid movements and mystical rhythms of the Marinera dance. It recreates the...
Artist: Eda Arroyo
Sterling Silver Garnet Monkey and Tree Theme Cocktail Ring
Bojog Tree, Sterling Silver Garnet Monkey and Tree Theme Cocktail Ring
US Ring Size: 8,9,10
Dewa ArimbawaCelebrating one of Bali's native species, Indonesian artisan Dewa Arimbawa presents this stunning cocktail ring. A sterling silver monkey hangs upon a tree branch of over two carats of faceted garnet....$79.99
Artist: Dewa Arimbawa
Carnelian and 925 Silver Lemur Pendant Necklace from Bali
Lemur Jungle, Carnelian and 925 Silver Lemur Pendant Necklace from Bali
Size: 18 to 20 inches
RupadanaSearching for fruit, a lemur within a lush jungle is handcrafted of sterling silver against an oval cabochon carnelian stone. This striking pendant necklace is designed by Bali's Rupadana. He centers...$59.99
Sterling Silver Bojog Kual Naughty Monkey Dangle Earrings
Bojog Kual, Sterling Silver Bojog Kual Naughty Monkey Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.7" x 0.7" W
Dewa ArimbawaTwo charming primates get into mischief in these intriguing earrings, handcrafted by Dewa Arimbawa. The sterling silver creatures climb bamboo stalks, plotting their next trouble-making scheme. The...$39.99
Artist: Dewa Arimbawa
Sterling Silver Hanuman Pendant Necklace from India
Compassionate Hanuman, Sterling Silver Hanuman Pendant Necklace from India
Neetu BarathiArden devotee of Rama, the monkey general Hanuman from the classic Hindu epic Ramayana is celebrated in this pendant necklace from India. Neetu Barathi designs this necklace, which is crafted from...$27.99
Artist: Neetu Barathi
Ozomatli Pre-Hispanic Monkey 925 Silver Hoop Earrings
Ozomatli Monkey, Ozomatli Pre-Hispanic Monkey 925 Silver Hoop Earrings
Length: 1.6" x 0.8" W
Francisco SanchezInspired by the Ozomatli dancing monkey, Francisco Sánchez designs earrings of pre-Hispanic splendor. The hoop earrings are crafted by hand of high polished sterling silver and feature black onyx for...
Artist: Francisco Sanchez
925 Sterling Silver Handmade Monkey Pendant Necklace
Wondering Lutung, 925 Sterling Silver Handmade Monkey Pendant Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
Nyoman RenaLutung is the monkey character from a Balinese comic found in the back of local newspapers. He is depicted here in sterling silver with stunning detail. Lutung is designed by master silversmith Nyoman...$47.99
Silver and Citrine Monkey Theme Ring
Monkey Glam, Silver and Citrine Monkey Theme Ring
US Ring Size: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Nyoman RenaBy Bali's Nyoman Rena, this ring depicts a monkey that holds a faceted citrine. The artisan works in silver, detailing bright eyes and thick fur with sterling textures. Honored for their role in...$59.99
Onyx and 925 Silver Lemur Pendant Necklace from Bali
Lemur Jungle, Onyx and 925 Silver Lemur Pendant Necklace from Bali
Size: 18 to 20 inches
RupadanaSearching for fruit, a lemur within a lush jungle is handcrafted of sterling silver against an oval cabochon onyx stone. This striking pendant necklace is designed by Bali's Rupadana. He centers the...$64.99
Handmade Wood Beaded Pendant Monkey Necklace from Ghana
Wild Monkey, Handmade Wood Beaded Pendant Monkey Necklace from Ghana
Size: longer than 22 inches
Ali MohammedShare your love of nature's most cheekiest animal with this cool pendant necklace from designer Ali Mohammed. Hand carved from native sese wood, a dark brown abstract monkey swings playfully. Recycled...$44.99
Sterling Silver Ring with Monkeys and Onyx from Bali
Monkey Forest, Sterling Silver Ring with Monkeys and Onyx from Bali
US Ring Size: 7,8,9,10
Kadek HendraKadek Hendra is inspired by a visit to Bali's Sacred Sanctuary Monkey Forest for the design of this extraordinary ring. Monkeys guard the unique beauty of onyx in a highly detailed sterling silver...$69.99
Artist: Kadek Hendra
Sterling Silver Monkey Cocktail Ring
Monkey Around, Sterling Silver Monkey Cocktail Ring
US Ring Size: 7,8
Albert IckenrothInvite this little monkey to your hand to play for a whimsical touch to complete any outfit. The monkey takes a break from chasing his tail around your finger to give you a look that says, "Who...
Artist: Albert Ickenroth
Modern Sterling Silver Monkey Dangle Earrings
White-Faced Capuchin, Modern Sterling Silver Monkey Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.1" x 0.6" W x 0.1" D
Guisselle MoraInspired by the Panamanian white-faced capuchin, Costa Rican artisan Guisselle Mora creates this beautiful and striking pair of dangle earrings. The monkeys' heads are crafted from sterling silver...
Artist: Guisselle Mora
4.5-Carat Amethyst Monkey Cuff Bracelet from Bali
Gemstone Monkey, 4.5-Carat Amethyst Monkey Cuff Bracelet from Bali
Size: 5.5" L (end to end) x 0.8" W
Nyoman RenaHolding a 4.5-carat gem of amethyst in its mouth, a lively monkey forms this beautiful cuff bracelet from Bali. Nyoman Rena designs this nature-inspired bracelet, which is crafted of sterling silver...$139.99
Sterling Silver Hinduism Pendant Necklace from India
Divine Hanuman, Sterling Silver Hinduism Pendant Necklace from India
Size: 20 to 22 inches
Ajay PatilOne of the popular figures in the Hindu epic Ramayana, the monkey general Hanuman is the subject of this pendant necklace from India. Ajay Patil designs this intricate necklace, which is crafted from...$59.99
Artist: Ajay Patil
Laughing Ape Ring Handmade from Sterling Silver
Laughing Ape, Laughing Ape Ring Handmade from Sterling Silver
US Ring Size: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Nyoman RenaA toothy, grinning ape graces this unusual ring from Bali's Nyoman Rena. Artisans craft the simian ring from sterling silver with admirable detail.$57.99
Cute Sterling Silver Monkey Earrings
Monkey Hijinks, Cute Sterling Silver Monkey Earrings
Length: 1.9" x 0.6" W x 0.2" D
Julio JuarezThese adorable dangle earrings are from Mexico's Julio Juarez. The earrings are crafted from Taxco sterling silver in the shape of monkeys, who hang on to the sterling hooks with their curled tails.
Artist: Julio Juarez
Shiva Om Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from India
Shiva Om, Shiva Om Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace from India
Size: 20 to 22 inches
Ajay PatilCrafted from sterling silver, the Hindu god Shiva is joined by the omkara symbol that represents the meditative mantra om. Ajay Patil from India designs this striking pendant necklace.$34.99
Artist: Ajay Patil
Handmade Wood Beaded Pendant Monkey Necklace from Ghana
Cheeky Monkey, Handmade Wood Beaded Pendant Monkey Necklace from Ghana
Ali MohammedThis trendy pendant necklace comes from the creative mind of Ghanaian designer Ali Mohammed. Hand carved from native sese wood, a dark brown monkey runs with a banana above its head. Recycled plastic...$44.99
Wood Monkey Head Adjustable Pendant Necklace from Ghana
Monkey Mayhem, Wood Monkey Head Adjustable Pendant Necklace from Ghana
Size: longer than 22 inches
Ali MohammedAli Mohammed of Ghana designs a pendant necklace featuring the head of a mischievous monkey made of sese wood. The monkey hangs from a black nylon cord decorated with round wood beads and...$34.99
Handcrafted Balinese Sterling Silver Monkey Ring
Little Monkey, Handcrafted Balinese Sterling Silver Monkey Ring
US Ring Size: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13
Nyoman RenaBy Bali's Nyoman Rena, this intriguing ring depicts a monkey. The artisan works in silver, detailing bright eyes and thick fur with sterling textures. Honored for their role in saving Sita in the...$39.99
Jade Monkey Pendant Necklace from Guatemala
B'atz, Jade Monkey Pendant Necklace from Guatemala
Zandra Lorena SajbinHand-carved into a medallion of natural jade, the image of a monkey decorates this pendant necklace from Guatemala. Adorning the neck on an adjustable strand of black cotton cord, the pendant is...
Artist: Zandra Lorena Sajbin
Sterling Silver Monkey Dangle Earrings
Coy Monkey, Sterling Silver Monkey Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.6" x 0.7" W x 0" D
Nyoman AriawanIf you are a fan of primates, these monkey earrings from Bali's Nyoman Ariawan will steal your heart. The earrings are crafted of sterling silver with oxidation to enhance the details.$37.99
Artist: Nyoman Ariawan
Nazca Monkey Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Peru
Nazca Mischief, Nazca Monkey Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Peru
Length: 1.9" x 0.7" W x 0" D
Torres Dellapina FamilyCrafted of sterling silver, two mischievous monkeys with curling tails are depicted in this pair of dangle earrings from Peru. Created by the talented artisans of the Torres Dellapina Family, these...
Artist: Torres Dellapina Family
Chinese Zodiac Monkey
Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace
Chinese Zodiac Monkey, Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches
JantanaJantana designs a fabulous jewelry collection inspired by the Chinese zodiac. The style of the pendant recalls China's millenary paper cutting art known as jianzhi. It is masterfully cut by hand from...$59.99
Love of Nature
Sterling Silver and Leather Heart Necklace
Love of Nature, Sterling Silver and Leather Heart Necklace
Size: 14 to 16 inches
Nyoman RenaDepicted in silhouette, monkeys frolic in a heart shaped tree. "Simian love can be seen in Bali's Monkey Forest Sanctuary," Nyoman Rena explains. He crafts this whimsical pendant of sterling...$59.99
Jade and Sterling Monkey Pendant Necklace
B'atz, Jade and Sterling Monkey Pendant Necklace
Size: 18 to 20 inches
Rita RamirezB'atz is the nahual that connects humans with deities, according to Maya cosmogony. The monkey is a symbol of wisdom, explains Guatemalan designer Rita de Catalán. "For this sterling silver...
Artist: Rita Ramirez
Monkey Jewelry(33 items)
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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.
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.
Absolutely! Jewelry is an art form that allows makers to express their individuality and cultural influences, and certain designs are used to represent important symbols. For example, Central American artisans incorporate traditional figures, glyphs, and pre-Hispanic folklore. In Mexico, the famous work of artists Angel Ortiz, Maria Belen Nilson, and Rosa Rojo highlight the beauty of Aztec, Mayan and Teotihuacan civilizations. In Peru, powerful symbols, like the Andean chakana, are used to represent humanitys union with the cosmos. Indian artists are extremely tied to their faith and spirituality. Earring designs include chakra gemstones, motifs of Lord Ganesha, and other spiritual imagery. In Bali, the Om symbol is prevalent, as well as the mythological panther-like Barong image, which is seen as a protector spirit. Designs pulled from the natural world, like animal figures, feathers, plants, as well as stones, are used in almost every culture, which then infuses them with their own particular meanings.
Yes! We offer a wide selection of earrings that are made from eco-friendly materials. Cow bone, water buffalo horn, fabric, recycled paper, wood, palm leaf and coconut shells, just to name a few. Product descriptions always list materials used, so be sure to read about each product to discover how artisans are working to ensure sustainability and environmental consciousness.
There is no best when it comes to handmade earrings. However, certain materials lend themselves well to jewelry. Silver and gold, for example, are frequently used to make earrings because of their luster and shine. Each region puts its own unique touch on the art of earring-making. Most use some combination of silver, gold, gemstones, wooden or glass beads, and bones. Some regions, like West Africa, have found ways to introduce up-cycling into the jewelry-making process. Recycled plastic and paper beads, as well as coconut shells are commonly integrated into beautiful works of earring art. Whatever materials used, quality and safety are always our top priorities. Each pair of earrings is tested to ensure its safety. If you do have sensitive skin, you may consider rhodium plated earrings, as rhodium is completely hypoallergenic. You can always find all relevant information about materials in the product description.
More than a mere fashion statement, mens jewelry, including bracelets, have been worn throughout history to communicate cultural, religious, and social beliefs. Prehistoric man adorned his wrists with bones and shells to ward off evil spirits. Wealthy men wore bracelets made of gold and silver to display their power and status. Bracelets evolved over time from good luck charms to status symbols to modern style accessories. All the while, they pick up and preserve meaning from the past. In Peru, gold and silver bracelets were meant to complement each other symbolically. Gold represented the sun, the day, and the masculine. Silver represented the moon, the night, and the feminine. These two bright, powerful metals held one another in balance. In Central America, natural materials decorated mens jewelry to signify a connection to place. Metals, bone, shells, bird feathers (especially the beautiful quetzal bird), and carved stones (particularly jade for its power of fertility and life) protected and decorated the wearer.
Global artisans use all sorts of materials in their handcrafted jewelry for men. In the Andes, sterling silver, leather, and combinations of natural stones are frequently used. In Bali, silver, gold, bone, wood, brass, and stainless copper adorn handmade jewelry. In West Africa, mens jewelry honors the cow, where bone and horns are incorporated into unique pieces.
Excellent question! There is no simple test that can tell you whether an artisan hand-crafted your jewelry or not. No easy way to know if an item is handmade or factory-produced. But there are details that you can look out for, and hopefully a discerning eye will guide you right. First, look at materials. If a bracelet is made of leather with embossed detailing, or sterling silver with intricate carvings or stone settings, you are entering the realm of the handmade. If a bracelet is made from bone, or makes use of complicated beadwork, if there is evidence of welding or carving, then you can feel good about your purchase. Any true artisan will tell you: no two pieces of jewelry will come out identical if they are made by hand. Beware of sameness. Celebrate the idiosyncrasies of the artists hand and help preserve the techniques and traditions of the past.
The materials that comprise handmade artisan necklaces are as varied as the makers themselves. Craftspeople all over the world use metals, like sterling silver, gold, copper and brass, to perfect their designs. Cotton or nylon cord and leather are also common materials used in traditional mens jewelry. Wooden beads, cow bones, coconut shells, bamboo, and gemstones all adorn mens necklaces from across the globe.
Unique, stylish, and handcrafted. These are the guiding principles of wearing mens jewelry with confidence. There are no rules when it comes to mens bracelets. You can wear simple leather, or a combination of metals. You can go understated or bold. Colorful or subdued. However you choose to display your handmade jewelry, what matters most is that you discover pieces that attest to your own originality.
Many traditional artisans employ the handcrafted techniques of their ancestors, which favored a slow, methodical approach in a small workshop, as opposed to mass production. Today, they preserve these methodologies while intentionally distinguishing their approaches from those of large factories. Respect for the environment, and for animal and human life drive the artwork itself. Natural materials are often a sign that a product is eco-friendly. Additionally, many artisans look for ways to reuse or recycle in their artwork. Some choose to repurpose old wood or fabric. Some recycle glass beads or up-cycle plastic and discarded paper. Others follow practices that conserve resources, like water and energy, and are mindful of the pollutants they release into the environment. Shopping from organizations that promote eco-friendly products is the best way to ensure that you are receiving a unique item that does not damage the world through its making.
Handcrafted mens jewelry captures our undying passion for symbols and meaning through a variety of designs, emblems, and carvings. In ancient Peru, men wore necklaces adorned with pendants of human, animal, and divine characters. A common symbol that has withstood the test of time is the Andean Chakana, or the staggered cross, that attests to the relationship between humankind and the cosmos. In Bali, mens jewelry integrated the cross, the sign of freedom, and Ongkara symbol for oneness and spirituality. In Central America, carved glyphs were commonly used. Animal figures and bird feathers (like the quetzal and macaw) had special significance, as did natural stones. In India, Om and Ganesha symbols are used for protection, prosperity and purity. In West Africa, Gye nyame, symbolizing Gods deep power and infinite knowledge, is still used on necklaces.
There is no right way to wear mens rings. Right hand, left hand, ring finger or thumb, where you place your ring is as much a matter of preference and comfort as it is style. Besides the common ring finger to signify love or marriage, other fingers of note are the index finger, which symbolizes power, leadership, and authority in some cultures, and the thumb, which can signify wealth. Wherever you choose to don it, a handmade ring should be as unique as the man who wears it.
Like many things, when it comes to great craftsmanship, the evidence is in the details. We asked artisans what they look for in a good necklace, and heres what they told us. Keep your eye out for the smooth functioning of the lock. It should clasp easily and cleanly. Examine the weldings of the chain joints, and pay attention to the surface of the jewelry. Is it finished in high polish? Are handcrafted details evident? Are engravings handmade? Artisans also look for uniqueness in design, integrity of workmanship, and high-quality materials. Necklaces should be free from dents, and beads should stay fastened in place. No chips in the gemstones, no cuts in the bezel, and no obvious glue marks of any kind. While these standards may seem high, we believe that artisan jewelry should aim for the stars.
Since time immemorial, jewelry has been used as a personal ornament, religious signification, or tastes in fashion. Todays handcrafted artisan jewelry is no different. In West Africa, leather is prized by certain tribes and connotes a connection to culture. In Indonesia, black coral, or Akar Bahar, is believed to protect the wearer from witchcraft and evil, and so it is used in many jewelry items for men. In Peru, leaders adorned themselves with garments that were exclusive to their rank, so mens jewelry not only indicated their function, but was also steeped in iconography, religious code, and emblems of power and prestige. In India, artisan jewelry incorporates the motifs of Om, a spiritual symbol signifying the essence of consciousness, and Lord Ganesha, the god of beginnings who is honored at the start of rites and ceremonies. Today, artisans working in these classical styles preserve the heritage that was passed down to them over time.
To understand the significance of traditional, handcrafted men's rings, we need to talk about stones. All over the world, stones reveal deep cultural connections to the land, belief systems, and aspirations. In Peru, artisan jewelry makes use of chrysocolla (also known as "Peruvian turquoise"), which was used by the Incas as an inlay in their goldwork. They believed it calmed their emotions and strengthened their immune defenses because it had medicinal powers. In Bali, kecubung (Amethyst) is incorporated into handmade rings because it brings peace to those who wear it. Kalimaya (Opal) is believed to stabilize the mental well-being of the wearer. In Guatemala, jade is the stone of choice, as the Mayans attributed special powers to it, believing it symbolized life, fertility, and power. In India, onyx is a stone of vigor and stamina, which strengthens self-confidence, banishes grief, and stimulates wise decision-making. Lapis lazuli relieves anger and negative thoughts and eases frustrations. Tigers eye stone aids harmony and balance and helps release fear and anxiety. The list of unique stones is as long as the master craftspeople who use them in their traditional jewelry.
From wedding rings to religious symbols, mens rings have carried tremendous significance throughout history. In West Africa, rings were originally used to represent Gods unmatched power and the authority of mankind on earth. In India, handcrafted rings have been used to symbolize everything from devotion and fidelity to eternity and belief in a deity. Today, like in many cultures, Indian rings represent love, engagement and marriage. Pre-Hispanic cultures in Central America and South America used handmade jewelry to denote social position, rank, as well as personal adornment. Metal, bone, shell, and stoneparticularly jadewere chosen for beauty and durability. Even the choice of metal has meaning in particular cultures. The Incas, for example, believed that gold was a sacred metal sent by the sun god, Inti, and all mines belonged to the emperor, who protected his metals with great zeal.
Men have worn rings since ancient times as a personal ornament, a sign of social position, official rank, or a symbol of religious beliefs. Handmade jewelry may reflect changes in fashion, but it remains rooted in the history and culture of a people and place. Each unique ring reveals the artistic sensibility of its maker, yet certain symbols and motifs appear frequently. In India, the Om motif has special cultural significance as a sacred spiritual symbol. It signifies ultimate reality, or consciousness. In Bali, the Om Kara, or Ongkara, represents five elements: wind, fire, ether, water, air, and earth, which correspond to different aspects of the human body. Religion and mythology are also manifest in traditional jewelry. Lord Ganesha, one of the most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon, is revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and the god of intellect and wisdom. In Bali, Barong is a lion-like mythical creature that symbolizes victory and spiritual protection. These symbols and others can be found on handmade rings from around the world and are ways of honoring history, culture, and spirituality.
Techniques that rely on handmade craftsmanship honor the cultures and regions from which they come. In Bali, repouss, or the art of silver filigree, is still preserved by artisans today. In Central America, jewelry-makers work with natural stones, especially jade, in order to celebrate the techniques and materials used by their ancestors. In India, sterling silver jewelry is made through intricate jali carving or rawa (silver beading). Hand-casting and gemstone-cutting have also been passed down through the generations, and today, make their way into unique works of wearable art. In West Africa, fabrication (including soldering or welding) is a technique that has stood the test of time, as has leather twisting, which adorns mens jewelry from bracelets to necklaces.
The traditional techniques used to create artisan jewelry are as diverse as the cultures from which they come. In Peru, the ancient technique of handmade goldsmithing continues in the work of filigree, the art of weaving silver threads together. Originally brought to the Andes during the colonial period, filigree acquired local nuances and incorporated designs inspired by nature and daily life. In Bali, handmade jewelry makes use of a method called repouss, a decorative, detail-oriented artform that uses hammers and punches to raise metal in relief from the background of the ring. In West Africa, fabrication, casting, and forging are common handcrafted techniques, whereas in India, it is common to see cut gemstones intricately fitted within silver segments.
Traditional artisans handcraft jewelry using the techniques and materials of their ancestors. In Indonesia, the most common mens bracelet is made from Akar Baharnatural, or black, coral. In the Andes, sterling silver, leather, waxed cotton threads, or natural stones adorn handmade jewelry. In Central America, the list includes: gold, brass, cord, wood, or glass. West Africa also makes use of these materials, plus wooden beads. And India incorporates gemstones into its rich history of jewelry.
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I was looking for the perfect Hanuman pendant. I gifted this to my brother who loved it. When I opened the package I was amazed at how intricate and detailed it was while being small. After a couple of months, it still remains shiny and intact. Love this piece, made a great valuable and affordable present!
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This monkey pendant is awesome! The quality workmanship is outstanding. This monkey has substantial weight and lays nicely on the neck. The chain the money hangs from is beautiful in design and also has substantial weight. The monkey does come off the chain so you could wear just the chain by itself. I get compliments every time I wear this necklace. Its so comfortable to wear even though you know its there. This monkey is adorable and is so cute. It makes me feel happy when I wear this pendant! This is a beautiful piece of jewelry and Im so glad I purchased it. You wont be disappointed!
This pendant is beautiful and I love the contrast between the black onyx and the silver. Im year of the monkey so I just had to have this. Also larger than I was expecting and looks like such a statement piece when I wear it!
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