Protection Necklaces(52 items)
Welcome to our Protection Necklace Collection, each piece crafted by NOVICA artisans who carry on ancestral traditions in contemporary designs.
The Village Council
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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 Protection Necklaces
Trendy, but Mindful
This layering gold-plated necklace is on trend as an accessory, but has a value much deeper than the average chains. Wearing the Hamsa calls us back to tradition and protection, while laboradite beads add beauty and another centering force. It s the perfect length to hit mid sternum. Definitely no risk of being a choker, or too long to get lost under every camisole. Well worth the price!
One of my favorite Hamsas
I love the design of this hamsa including the vibrant colors. I had bought the matching earrings first & when I saw the necklace, I had to have it!
I Have Purchased This harmony ball, and multiple others. I m going to give a few for gifts for the holidays.I ve kept one for myself and it s gorgeous
Sukartini Handcrafted jewelry
"Today I work together with local silversmiths to promote Bali's beauty in our own way."
Popular Protection Necklaces
Gold Accented Sterling Silver Pendant Angel Necklace, "Angel Gabriel"$89.99
Shaped of sterling silver, Gabriel the Archangel is graceful and lovely. The winged messenger of God holds a flower made of 18k gold and centered with a sparkling diamond. Gabriel is the angel who brings good news, superbly depicted by Anna Paula Vivacqua. Worn on a sterling chain, the heavenly image makes this a keepsake necklace.
Silver and Moonstone Harmony Ball Necklace with Brass, "Protective Goddess"$79.99
From Sukartini, this silver pendant evokes an ancient lantern decorated with lace. The locket opens to reveal a shining brass sphere. The silver pendant is crowned with moonstone and a long sterling chain completes the lovely necklace. Moonstone is thought a sacred stone of the moon goddess, who is protective of women,
Also called "angel necklaces" and "harmony balls," Such necklaces are often worn by pregnant women in Bali and also in Mexico. Many wear it as an amulet. Others prefer a long chain that lets the pendant reach to the belly and the delicate sounds are 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.
Gold Plated Labradorite Hamsa Pendant Necklace from India, "Elegant Protection"$49.99
Offering protection, a traditional pendant in the shape of a hand combines with a beaded strand of natural labradorite and a circular pendant with a hammered finish. Vivek Nathany designs this Indian necklace, which circles the neck with three lengths of sterling silver chain bathed in 22k gold.
Silver and Amethyst Harmony Ball Necklace with Brass, "Angelic Guardian"$117.99
From Sukartini, this intriguing pendant evokes an ancient lantern decorated with angel wings. It opens to reveal a shining brass sphere. The silver pendant is crowned with amethyst and a long sterling chain completes the lovely necklace.
Also called "angel necklaces" and "harmony balls," Such necklaces are often worn by pregnant women in Bali and also in Mexico. The chain lets the pendant reach to the belly and the delicate sounds are 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.