Pendant Necklaces(7,192 items)
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The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
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 Pendant Necklaces
Appealing Sea, Apatite pendant has a high polish setting and a chain that sets off the blue stone to good effect. The Apatite stone is more blue than pictured. Also the slight protrusion of the stone adds to the appearance. Will wear with small sterling silver earrings with a Apatite stone, bought at www.amazon.com. Happy with purchase.
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Made Wardika does fantastic work. The moon is serenely beautiful, and the silver filagree is just exquisite. Novica, you rock!
Guillermo Arregui Sterling silver and gemstone jewelry
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Popular Pendant Necklaces
Hand Crafted Sterling Silver Necklace with Dragonfly Pendant, "White Dragonfly"$89.99
A dragonfly takes flight in this pendant necklace from Balinese artisan Desi Antari. The artisan gives the wings a partly sandblasted finish that gives them a frosty white appearance; they contrast beautifully with the gleaming silver body. The pendant centers a sterling silver rope chain.
.925 Sterling silver
Sterling Silver Tourmaline Floral Pendant Necklace Thailand, "Winter Bloom"$47.99
A graceful winter bloom adorns the neck in this pendant necklace from Indonesia. Featuring a design by Sarote Lochotinunt, the pendant is crafted from sterling silver for a shining look, featuring a single petite stone of rosy tourmaline in the center.
Garnet and Sterling Silver Heart Shaped Locket Necklace, "Always in my Heart"$114.99
This sterling silver locket features intricate granulation techniques that have been perfected for centuries by Balinese silversmiths. The designs frame a deep red garnet, January’s birthstone and a symbol of creativity, love, and friendship. The hinged locket is deep enough to hold a tiny memento.
.925 Silver Necklace with Citrine and Composite Turquoise, "Golden Sky"$79.95
Like golden suns surrounding a mystical planet, the design of this necklace remains forever captivating. India's Shanker presents this elegant sterling silver necklace crafted with sparkling citrine and the uniqueness of composite turquoise.
.925 Sterling silver
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The Pendant Necklace
The pendant necklace takes a variety of forms, from ornate filigree lockets to gemstone cascades to lacy medallions. It is thought to have originated from ancient cultures' practice of wearing talismans or amulets around the neck.
Novica's Pendant Necklace Collection embraces a vast variety of materials and styles as diverse as the artisans who create them. Sterling silver predominates in India's traditional jali, or cutout work as well as in dramatic Mexican and Peruvian designs based on pre-Hispanic art. Thai silver earrings and pendant necklaces derive from classic Victorian styles as well as hill tribe jewelry. Bali's designs reveal motifs from Buddhist art as well chic contemporary jewelry such as blue topaz bracelets and necklaces.
Novica presents a unique array of pendant necklaces. Talented jewelers from around the world work with leather, ceramic, wood, bone and even engraved mate gourd. Gold vermeil, natural roses and orchids, and gemstones are featured in our Pendant Necklace Collection. We hope you enjoy them!